How to Face the Holidays With Limb Loss

How to Face the Holidays With Limb Loss

Thursday, 08 October 2020 16:08

The holidays are one of the most anticipated times any given year, but after the unexpected events of this year, many have begun the celebration early. Decorations are out and holiday music is ringing throughout western North Carolina. Many of the small towns in our region are already hanging wreaths and lights to bring cheer and encourage goodwill toward residents and visitors. While your friends and family may still be taking measures to make sure they are gathering safely, you probably already have a list of places to go and people to see in the next few months. 

If you have experienced an amputation recently or have been navigating life with limb loss for some time, you know the holidays can be a challenging season. Some family and friends may ask uncomfortable questions, treat you atypically, or display aloofness to your situation. Some homes will not be as equipped as your own to accommodate your needs. It is possible to dread this part of the calendar even in a year that has been fraught with challenges. 


We want to help amputees enjoy the holiday season. Here are five ways to help ensure you have a great time during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How To Face the Holidays With Limb Loss

1) Plan for Physical Challenges

It is likely that you and your family have arranged your home and workspace to maximize your efficiency with your artificial limb. You know where everything you need is. You have your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen set up for your daily routine. If you are traveling and must stay somewhere else, you know it can throw off your flow. 

If at all possible, plan ahead for these physical challenges. Call ahead and request the accommodations that will make your stay more comfortable. 

2) Prepare for Emotional Challenges

The more recent your amputation, the more difficult things might be emotional. You may experience a barrage of questions, uncomfortable stares, and conversations for which you are not quite ready. As much as it’s possible, prepare for these emotional challenges, but do not fret over what you cannot control. It is likely going to be much more encouraging than you expect. 

3) Talk With Your Doctors and Rehab Specialists 

Before you embark on all of the traditional holiday travel to each gathering, make sure you are physically ready to make the trek. Check with your doctor and rehab team to see what you might need to do beforehand to give yourself everything you need for a successful trip. They may also have advice on what to request from your hosts. 

4) Speak With Your Support Group

You are not alone in your experience. Many before you have gone through exactly what you are going through right now. If you do not have a support group, ask your doctor for help finding one in your area. There are several throughout the communities in western North Carolina. There will be people who have done the holiday visits and know what to expect. They will have advice on how to navigate the season and be there for you afterward. 

5) See It as an Opportunity

One of the best things you can remember is that the holidays are an opportunity to return to some sense of normalcy. In a year as challenging as this one, any slice of normal is helpful for everyone. There is a good chance that after a few potentially awkward moments, the people who have always been there for you will be ready to encourage you. You will get to experience your old inside jokes and banter, swap stories from childhood, and be able to enjoy dinner like the old days. The holidays are an opportunity. If you can see it that way before you go, it will help you stay as positive as possible. 

We know breaking from your routine can be uncomfortable during the holidays, but we hope these tips help make them something to which you look forward. If you would like more information on our orthopedic braces and prosthetic devices, please contact us. We supply western North Carolina with the highest quality artificial limbs. We would be happy to work with you and your team to find the device that will help you stay mobile during the holidays and every day.