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REHMANN from Pg 11 weeks, but they couldn’t give any assurance that it would solve the problem. By that time, Linda was tired of trying things only to have them fail. A last resort There was one other option her doctor had sug- gested – to have the foot amputated. “I looked at him and I said, ‘that sounds good,’” Linda recalled. Earlier, Linda had said “no” to amputation, but after so much trouble – her surgeon even nick- named her “Trouble” – it seemed like the best op- tion. Linda had the amputation surgery in May, and spent three weeks in the hospital recovering. Dur- ing her recovery, she’s been learning to do daily tasks while wearing the prosthetic. At fi rst, she was afraid to stand on one leg, but she’s now able to get around with a walker. “I am bound and determined to walk again,” Linda said, explaining that she hopes to walk with a cane, or maybe even without someday. For now, Linda sometimes uses a wheelchair, because her arms get sore from the walker. She broke her left elbow Sept. 28, and is still recover- ing from that. Although having a prosthetic leg has its chal- lenges, Linda is grateful that she no longer has to deal with surgeries and hospital stays because of her foot. “The greatest part of all this is, the infection is gone,” she said. “. . . I’m not going to call this a miracle, but it’s wonderful. It really is.” Time to Focus on the Joys of Life Linda Rehmann has been learning to get around with a walker after having her foot amputated in May. She is also recovering from a broken left elbow. PHOTO BY STARRLA CRAY ����������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ���������������� �������������������������������������������� �������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ������������������������������������ ��� ������ ������������ ������ ������������ ������ ������������ ������� ������������ ����������� ������������ ���������� ������������ ������ �������������� ����������������������� ��������������������������� ���������� ������������������������������������� ��������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ���������������������������������� �������� ������������ 24 Senior Connections December 2018 Senior Connections HJ.COM