Tarver, Walking?

It is getting so close I can taste it. Last week I took my first step on a prosthetic leg. Through the process of what we created with Shirts For Limbs and some of the press that we have received, I was donated a knee.  Here, is the full story of how that came about.

The socket needed some adjustments and tomorrow it should be done. This is the piece that is so crucial fits just right. I am going with a suction type socket and over the last month I have been working on the strength of the stump, with that the shape has changed. Aside from all that I was able to walk on the leg. In a matter of minutes I figured out how this knee works and how to control it. When straight, and with heel pressure it locks. Then, when you put pressure on the toe it unlocks and bends for a step. Over about a half hour of walking back and forth between parallel bars, stopping to tweak here and there, I was able to walk! Half way through the process my prosthestist suggested putting my full weight on when stepping and not using the bars for support. I said I have been doing that the whole time and then he started paying attention to my hands.

It felt so good. I still have a decent amount of nerve pain in the stump but when I was in the leg and moving around there was no pain at all. I was so close to tears, I have not been able to walk with out pain for fifteen years. Tara said that if I would have had pants on she wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference from before.

This is by no means the end of the need to raise $$$ though. This knee that was donated will work as a great knee to learn on and possibly use as a back up. We still have the goal of $40,000, and I am still amazed at what has come in so far. Thank you to all of you that have donated and are keep up with the progress. There have been some cool things happening with legislation in Oregon that will help out in January. I will write more about that soon, but it is still going to leave gaps for amputees and I would love to be of assistance to help pick up those out of pocket costs, let alone what mine will are now. So please keep spreading the word.

Here are a few pictures of the process.

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Oh yeah, have I mentioned how adorable my son is. Here is a classic picture of Xander and Daddy taking a nap.




  1. It is great to see the photos on your site, Tarver. It was amazing to be able to be a part of seeing you take those first steps with the new leg as well, you did it so quickly too! Brought back the memories of seeing you as a child walk for the first time!!! Hey, so I am being emotional…after all the times of hearing that you may not walk , knowing that you are moving forward to a point of less or nearly no pain is such a sweet thing to hear.
    The pic of you and Xander..priceless!! ( we have it o our buffet table!) Keep it up!

  2. Brother, that is awesome! get a clip of the walking…we want to see it live!

  3. Oh my gosh, Tarver! I love that picture of you and Xander. 🙂

  4. Very cool that you picked up on the walking part so quickly. Very cool and very EXCITING that you are about to experience walking pain-free again after so long. It’s really eye -opening: something so many of us do every day, taking for granted that it all just works. We’re cheering you on!

  5. Oh yeah, and that pic of you and Xander is priceless!l

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