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Any OT's? Anyone with experience of dealing with amputated fingers and toes?

(4 Posts)
SkirtingBored Fri 03-Oct-08 20:08:44

My friend's mum has been told that she will loose all her toes, half of the fingers on one hand and the tips of her fingers on the other. It is due to the very strong drugs they had to give her while she was in intensive care recently.
The news was not unexpected, but still obviously hard to hear. Where can they look for advice as to how to deal with this - practically and emotionally. Are their aids or prothesis to help with balance and walking? Can you adapt your grip so you can do things like peel potatoes?
Any advice or experience anyone could share would be very welcome.

SkirtingBored Fri 03-Oct-08 20:56:58

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Thefearlessfreak Sat 04-Oct-08 08:31:02

Hello Skirting...I won't be much help to you sorry. I am an OT but I work in a different area. All I can imagine is that, as with an amputation of a limb, there will be adaptations, coping strategies & support to cope with the loss. OTs would be involved if it were a limb & (from my limited experience 8 years ago!)they would go ohme & do an assessment of the environment to see where the patient may need help/adaptations before being discharged from hospital; digits must be the same as the loss of them is still very disabling. There are shops & places that have all sorts of stuff...usually called independent living centres or similar.

Would like to bump this for you.

SkirtingBored Sat 04-Oct-08 15:19:14

Thanks for your help and bump tff. It is very early days - she is not out of the woods yet - but I wanted to find out for them what the future might hold...
Ta

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