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SB Project: Sketches 25 and 26

December 12, 2010

It’s apparently a very tricky surgery, but it is possible to help people who have lost their thumbs in accidents by replacing the thumb with a bog toe! If I remember correctly, one of Nick’s cousins had this surgery when she was little and tore her thumb off in the chains of a swing. Sounds painful. :/

I think most people who’ve had dogs have also had the experience of picking burdocks out of their fur.


I thought I’d share this mobile phone photo I took last night. I used a program called Retro Camera. Can anyone guess what this is? 🙂

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010 19:03

    Looks like an abalone shell 🙂

  2. Donna permalink
    December 12, 2010 23:53

    Maybe some kind of bone????

  3. morgan haude permalink
    December 13, 2010 00:47

    i come across this at work every so often, sometimes they even use the smaller toes to replace fingers.
    it’s a struggle for us, because surgeons tend to try to salvage whatever they can, and get the most functionality, while the patients care more about aesthetics. so we end up trying to cover things and just get a bulkier, less realistic result.

    • December 13, 2010 02:17

      I always wonder how the level of sensitivity compares to the original finger.

      It would be so cool if you and the people you work with were able to keep a blog or something about the process you go through for all the different orders you get. 🙂 I imagine that might not be possible, due to confidentiality issues, but I think it would be really fascinating.

      • morgan haude permalink
        December 14, 2010 23:22

        not only do we have patient confidentiality, i’m not allowed to disclose our process in case other prosthetic companies try to steal our method!

    • December 14, 2010 23:52

      Oh, I see. Trade secrets, huh? 😉 Did you have to sign a non-disclosure agreement when you started working there?

      • morgan haude permalink
        December 15, 2010 03:01

        yeah, i did. it’s not that we’re super secretive, but we don’t go into specifics. (we let YOU in, after all) , but we’re one of the few companies that have a seamless molding process.
        i have to do a sketch of each job before i sculpt it, and the congenital ones are the best! they usually have cute little nubs and teensy-tiny little nails. i always wish i could crochet little cozies for them.

    • December 15, 2010 04:42

      Haha, you make it sound like I’m a big security risk! 😉

      Oh neat. How long do you usually spend on each sketch? I bet some of them are really cool. I mean, it would suck to have those birth defects, but I think a lot of them look really interesting.

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