ID 111052
Title Alternative
The lived experience of a woman in her 50 s with a lower limb prosthetic device
Author
Shigematsu, Natsuko Tokushima University
Umeno, Kaoru Tokushima University
Hayashi, Manae Tokushima University
Odani, Kazuo ODANI ARTIFICIAL LIMBS
Keywords
lower limb amputation
ambulation
Lower limb prosthetic device
lived experience
Content Type
Journal Article
Description
It is imperative that a concern of physical function is addressed such as ability to walk, and how the disease and the sophistication of artificial devices influence person’s quality of life(QOL). A woman in her 50s who has a lower limb prosthetic device after amputation. She lived with this prosthesis for more than 20 years. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The findings of the study revealed that hoping for a better QOL can be lost due to unbearable suffering from adverse reactions during chemotherapy. This lived experience made her decide to discontinue chemotherapy giving her greater than expected grief experience than her postamputation. Watchful ambulation became distinctive and purposive with each step so as not to fall. This walking style was to show her normal gait, rather than worrying about the gaze from people. Furthermore, it was found that feelings of incompleteness still existed even with the prosthetic device. This was often attributed to the physical pain and discomfort while wearing this device even while knowing that she is now a whole person. Still she felt incomplete in the moment. Visible artificial device becoming her essential part, provided a meaningful life that enabled her to grow with the family.
Journal Title
Shikoku Acta Medica
ISSN
00373699
NCID
AN00102041
Publisher
徳島医学会
Volume
73
Issue
3-4
Start Page
183
End Page
186
Sort Key
183
Published Date
2017-08-25
EDB ID
FullText File
language
jpn
TextVersion
Publisher
departments
Medical Sciences