It has been interesting having custom prosthetic fingers made for me. I’m glad that you listened well and regarded my personal input. During the second stage you allowed me to approve your work before going to the next step. After sending back the molds, I anxiously waited for the prosthetic fingers to be completed.
I can honestly say when I received them that I sat and looked at them for hours. They’re so detailed and life-like that close friends and family didn’t notice them for almost a full day. I don’t even remember how many pictures I took of them, but the first pics were to go to you.
While you were doing the color study I remember staring at colors with your clinical representatives for a long time and I must admit, I was a bit skeptical on how close the color was actually going to be. The color match is great. I am able to wear them for the majority of my work day and not only that, I can actually wear a full glove without having to cut the fingers (of the glove) off.
I am surprised at how well I actually do with them. One of the things would be my ability to type with all 10 fingers again. It took some time getting used to, but typing is actually pretty easy now and my accuracy with the keys improves daily.
I have a brief story I would like to share: I am currently in the interview process for the position of police officer. Being that I had an injury that has altered my hand permanently, I have to disclose that in any application that I fill out. Near the end of the first segment of my interview (that portion lasted one hour, forty-five minutes with 8 people!) I was asked by one on the board to explain why I had disclosed that I was missing digits. I said with a smile, “I am, in fact, missing digits…. Two fingers on my left hand.”
When the confused looks turned to 100% attention on my hand, I simply removed the prosthetic fingers and showed them that I was indeed missing fingers. All eight people were simply blown away by how detailed they actually were, but more importantly, eight people also never took notice earlier to the fact I was wearing prosthetic fingers.
I explained what you did and how they were constructed in another state. They were amazed! I can tell you personally, police officer interviews can be extremely intimidating. You are sized up from head to toe the moment you walk into the room. Believe me, I did not sit on my hands during the interview. I do a great deal of speaking with my hands. The prostheses have given me confidence.