I had an Orthopaedic review with the surgeon today to assess my "level of impairment". I was shocked to learn they weren't testing my blood-alcohol level for a "high score" -- awkward!
Instead, the surgeon concluded that my leg is indeed not growing back. I know, it surprised me too, however, he required an x-ray to confirm this little "hypothesis".
I went up to the ex-ray room and found a very surprised looking x-ray tech who managed to stammer "OH! I've never done one of YOU before!"
One of ME? Ohhh kaaay! I think at this point I said something like "Well, I AM pretty unique, thanks for noticing!" though I don't think she heard me as she flustered around clearing the x-ray table.
From there the conversation went something like this:
Tech: Sooo umm... is that like ATTACHED? Or does it come off?
Mike (staring incredulously): It comes off...
Tech: OH. So do you usually keep it on for x-rays?
Mike (laughing nervously): No, I don't think the metal or carbon fibre would photograph well and I'm pretty sure you're only interested in what's underneath it!
Tech: Yeah, that makes sense! Do you know what position to hold your... LEG? for the picture?
Mike: No I don't, sorry... maybe just shoot it like you would a normal leg?
Tech: OK, yeah! That makes sense!
I left that day feeling that we had both learned something: she learned that prosthetic limbs are NOT permanently fixed to the human body through painful bolts or magic glue.
I learned that common sense and higher reasoning is not a pre-requisite of getting into x-ray school!