Preparing For a Hike – Mountain Climbing – Life As An Amputee

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For my hike in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the top of the Nyiragongo Volcano, it didn’t take too much preparation because I’d already been hiking a lot in Mount Kilimanjaro and other places. But one of the biggest considerations I always have is my knees. So, I had knee surgery several times and what that means is that my prosthetic is meant to make sure that it’s not putting a lot of pressure on those incision marks but it still does just because the nature of hiking requires you to have a lot of mobility and flexibility in your knees. 

And so I always come prepared with a wrap just in case they’re swelling. I always have an ample supply of Tylenol or ibuprofen. In general, if you’re doing these kinds of adventures or in particular climbing this volcano, the best thing is to make sure that you do a little bit of a practice run. So, make sure that you can climb or hike for six hours somewhere around or by your house. And make sure that you have extra parts in case something happens, really you just need duct tape. And that you have either a heat pack or any kind of topical cream to make sure that you have pain relief. But overall, it’s easy. You just take it slow. And whoever’s with you, whether it’s guys or if it’s Rangers, they’re fully responsible for your care so they’re fine to wait for you and to help you along.

 

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