Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - May 2020


Watching movies and TV shows is an easy way to pass the time during downtime, and plenty of viewing options today feature amputee hosts, protagonists, and heroes. Whether you’re just looking for something you might enjoy or something for the whole family, check out some of these movies and TV shows with amputee characters. ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Trilogy These movies are the story of a boy, Hiccup, and his dragon, Toothless. Through their friendship, Hiccup’s people, the brave and curmudgeonly Vikings of Berk, and the dragons that periodically attack them learn to live alongside one another. During most of the three movies, Hiccup lives with a below-the-knee amputation due to a dragon-riding accident and still manages to be the most daring dragon rider in the land. The kids can enjoy these movies, too, and they’re available to rent on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play. ‘127 Hours’ This movie is not for the faint of heart. Based on the real-life events of hiker and climber Aron Ralston, who had to amputate his own hand after a dislodged boulder pinned it to a canyon wall, his story is inspirational. Gruesome as the idea of self-amputation is, Ralston resumed his climbing career undaunted not long after regaining his health. He climbed Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, just two years after his accident. “127 Hours” is available to rent on Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.

Why May Is the Best Month to Start BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS

Bird-watching is like a lifelong scavenger hunt that you can play anywhere on Earth. The activity provides a mixture of science, travel, and beauty, and it’s a chance to get outside for feathered adventures and quiet reflection. The month of May is a great time of year to go birding because rising temperatures prompt spring migration. So if you're eager to begin bird-watching, there’s no better time than now. Here are some tips to get started. Educate Yourself Thousands of species of birds span all corners of the globe. That’s why finding them is an exciting prospect — there’s no end to the hunt! Start by researching birds that are native to your location. Purchase a field guide with pictures of each bird and maps of their range and use it to figure out where different birds live. From there, it’s easy to pick your first spotting goal. You can even get yourself extra excited by watching a few bird documentaries. Gear Up One of the best things about birding is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to do it. As long as you’ve got your field guide and comfortable walking shoes, the only other thing you’ll need is a pair of binoculars. And they don’t have to be fancy. As long as they can zoom in on faraway trees and perches, they’ll work for now. You can always upgrade later. Go Exploring Your very first birding excursion is important because you don’t want to be overwhelmed or underwhelmed. So use your field guide to home in on a single bird and go find it. It may be local, or you can plan a trip to a specific bird’s natural habitat. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by other species. The thrill that comes with spotting your first bird will keep you coming back to find the rest. Bird-watching is a wonderful hobby because it’s easy to get started and can last a lifetime. As long as you can walk, drive, or look out a window, you can be a birder. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find some birds!

‘Lost Cities With Albert Lin’ If you’re looking for a program to provide vicarious adventure, then check out “Lost Cities With Albert Lin.” Throughout the series, Lin travels across the globe, using the latest computer tech to virtually reconstruct lost cities from ruins while teaching viewers about them along the way. Lin, who has sometimes been called “the bionic Indiana Jones,” is a National Geographic

Explorer with a Ph.D. in material science who lost his foot after an off-road vehicle accident. He now wears a bionic prosthetic and continues exploring the sites of ancient civilizations. “Lost Cities With Albert Lin” is available to stream for free with a Disney+ or Sling TV subscription.


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