Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - September 2020

Take a look at our newsletter this month. SEPTEMBER 2020

A Constant Source of Help These Past 6 Years My Experience With Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics

About six years ago, a car accident resulted in my having both legs amputated after a six-month hospital stay. While it certainly wasn’t an easy decision, I’m glad for everyone who has helped me since then: my wife, my kids, my grandkids, and all the incredible people at Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics. Throughout the past six years, APO has always been available to me whenever I've needed them. They have made me a priority and have gone above and beyond to help me get up and going. They even made me a swim leg so I could enjoy a family trip to Hawaii. I feel fortunate to be able to share my experiences with other amputees so they know just what's possible.

past six years, and even these past six months with everything going on in the world. One

thing that’s remained constant, however, is the level of patience and care I’ve received from everyone at Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics. Since the beginning, they’ve helped me in more ways than I can think to mention.

I’ve raised horses for almost my entire life, and my wife and I still raise horses on our property out in Meridian. While my wife has taken care of feeding the horses since my amputation, I’ve still been able to get down to the barn where we keep the horses and hay on my ATV. I am also a big fan of Corvettes, and I’m still able to get in our 2007 Corvette, which has wheelchair access now, so we can still go cruising around. I’ve also been able to restore a 1949 Ford, rebuilding the engine and the transmission. Even though I can’t drive it, the project itself was still satisfying, and like my Corvette, I can still ride in it. If I do want to drive, I drive our Chrysler with hand controls. There are lessons you can take to learn how to use them. When I’m not driving, working on cars, or helping take care of our horses, I spend a lot of time playing card games and board games with my wife. 2500 and Mexican Train are some of our favorites. Life certainly has looked different these

–Rollie Sielaff

“Throughout the past six years, APO has always been available whenever I’ve needed them. They've made me a priority and have gone above and beyond to help me get up and going.”

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In the Treasure Valley

While September is technically the last month of summer, it’s also the first month of autumn. That means that this month, we’re in the clear to get into some of the great fall activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. Though the coronavirus has led to some unfortunate cancellations, those of us in the Boise area still know plenty of ways to kick off autumn.


First Thursdays

While this isn’t technically a fall activity, since it runs all year round, visiting Downtown Boise on the first Thursday of every month is still a local event worthy of mention here — only because now it will be a little bit cooler! First Thursdays are days each month where local businesses in the downtown area really get to shine, planning fun events like food and beverage tastings, as well as local art exhibits and trunk shows. Go check out all that downtown has to offer.

How to Cope With Daily Triggers

Scenic Viewpoints to See the Changing Leaves

Stress can cause more than just a bad mood and low energy. Over time, mental exhaustion from stress can lead to forgetfulness and reduced cognition. This can hamper your ability to do your job and enjoy life. Though stress is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to mitigate some of the negative effects of mental exhaustion, including forgetfulness. First, consider the source of your stress. These days, a common stressor is social media. If your feeds are full of bad news and negativity, shut them down. Many researchers suggest that spending less time on the internet leads to better health. Several studies have found that constant internet use, including time spent on social media, is negatively impacting our memories. Research from Harvard, Oxford, King’s College London, and Western Sydney University all confirm this: Too much internet use is a bad thing. Of course, it can be easier to delete a social media app than it is to eliminate other types of stressors. Coping with a stressful coworker, for example, can be difficult. You have to figure out why they’re causing you stress and how the situation can be remedied. Dealing with a work-related confrontation can be hard, but having that difficult conversation and resolving the problem can ultimately lead to less long-term stress and improve your mental health. Another thing you can do to reduce stress is avoid multitasking. Taking on multiple projects or doing too much in too little time can leave you feeling overworked. Plus, studies have found that multitasking is not effective. You cannot deliver the same results when your attention is scattered as you can when you are focused on one thing. To make matters worse, multitasking takes a major toll on memory and cognition, according to a study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If stress is impairing your memory, judgment, or cognition, take the above steps to reduce it. If you find your memory and cognition aren’t improving, consider speaking with a mental health professional to discuss your best next steps. Mental health and stress management are important, and the more we do to improve these areas of our lives, the healthier and happier we will be.

If viewing all the fall fun from a distance is more your speed, one great activity is to see the leaves changing color from a higher vantage point. Drive or hike to one of the several great viewpoints and take in all the fall colors of the valley at once. The crisp autumn air and the breathtaking scenery from Camel’s Back Park, Table Rock, or any other viewpoint is well worth the visit.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Most pumpkin patches don’t open until the first of October, but a few do open their doors a little early. The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival in Meridian along Eagle Road has opened in late September in previous years, and the Linder Farms Pumpkin Patch opens on Sept. 18. What better way to start the fall season than by choosing the perfect pumpkin to carve up into a jack-o’-lantern or include in a scrumptious fall meal? This fall doesn’t have to be uneventful, even with the pandemic still preventing events from happening. We hope you and your family are able to find ways to make this autumn season more enjoyable!


IN HONOR OF FIGHT PROCRASTINATION DAY A Few Unusual Ways to Pummel Procrastination

Find new ways to make lists.

Maybe since you’ve started working from home, you’ve had a harder time staying focused on your work. Or, maybe you’re not working and you have a list of household

You’ve probably heard that making a list can help you conquer the tasks at hand, but the typical numbered, lettered, or bulleted lists don’t spark productivity for everyone. When you’re making a to-do-list, try grouping similar or related tasks together with an overall goal at the center. You can also use Venn diagrams and other spatial organization methods when creating to-do lists. Find out which ones are more motivational for you!

chores you’ve been putting off for weeks. Whatever the case, we’ve all struggled with procrastinating on the tasks we need to get done. So, in observance of Fight Procrastination Day on Sept. 6, here are a few unique ideas to help you stay focused.

Take care of small tasks first.

While some people might swear by the method of tackling larger tasks first, sometimes getting the smaller things out of the way first can help you move through your day more quickly. By taking care of the 10-minute chores, or by answering those two or three emails in your inbox first, you free up your mind to focus on the larger projects so you can tackle them more quickly as well. Procrastination doesn’t have to bog down your day. With just a few minor tweaks and changes to your daily routine, you can get more done than you ever thought possible.

Spend a short time outside.

If you do the majority of your work in front of a computer, stepping away might feel counterproductive. However, one 2009 study from the University of Michigan found that people who spent a short time in nature during a workday improved their focus by 20%. However, even if you don’t live near a forest or a park, just taking a short walk outside can leave you feeling refreshed and more productive.


Who says a loaded potato has to clog your arteries? In this healthy version that serves four, a sweet potato base is topped with fiber-rich bean salsa. INGREDIENTS EASY STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

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4 medium sweet potatoes

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 medium tomatoes, diced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


1. With a fork, prick each sweet potato a few times. Microwave the potatoes on high 12–15 minutes, or until cooked through.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and salt. When the potatoes are done, microwave the mixture on high for 2–3 minutes. 3. Cool potatoes slightly, then cut each potato open lengthwise. Pull the halves apart to create space to spoon the warm bean salsa inside. 4. Add a scoop of sour cream to each potato, garnish with cilantro, and serve!

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1 Rollie Sielaff’s Experience With Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics

2 Is Stress Making You Forgetful? 2 Great Activities to Kick Off the Fall Season 3 Have You Tried These Methods for Fighting Procrastination? 3 Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 The Truth Behind the 21st Night of September

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 21ST NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER? 4 Decades of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

White and Willis proved to be excellent songwriting partners, but they clashed over one key element of the song: the nonsensical phrase “ba-dee-ya,” which White included in the chorus. Throughout the songwriting process, Willis begged to change the phrase to real words. At the final vocal session, Willis finally demanded to know what ba-dee-ya meant. White replied, “Who cares?” “I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him,” Willis recalled in a 2014 interview with NPR, “which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.” The groove is why “September” has stood the test of time, right from that very first lyric. For decades, people have asked Willis and members of the band about the significance of September 21. As it turns out, there isn’t much beyond the sound. “We went through all the dates: ‘Do you remember the first, the second, the third, the fourth …’ and the one that just felt the best was the 21st,” Willis explained.

In 1978, Maurice White of the band Earth, Wind & Fire first asked this question in the song “September,” a funky disco song that quickly

topped the charts. While disco may be dead today, “September” certainly

isn’t. The song is still featured in movies, TV shows, and wedding playlists. On Sept. 21, 2019,

the funk hit was streamed over 2.5 million times. It’s no wonder that the Los Angeles City Council declared Sept. 21 Earth, Wind & Fire Day.

The story behind “September” is almost as enduring as the song itself. It was co-written by White and Allee Willis, who eventually became a Grammy-winning songwriter and Tony nominee. But before any of that, Willis was a struggling songwriter in Los Angeles living off food stamps. When White reached out and asked Willis to help write the next Earth, Wind & Fire hit, it was truly her big break.

The truth is that nothing happened on the 21st night of September — except a whole lot of dancing.


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