At OPC we have the privilege of being chosen to provide prosthetic care to some amazing individuals. Whereas each patient is unique, some populations encounter common obstacles. We appreciate that our patients benefit from both networking and exchanging stories and ideas. During the past few years we have been striving to provide opportunities for these imperative interactions to occur.
Friday evening OPC hosted a picnic for the families of our youngest patients. Being a child with a limb loss can pose unique obstacles, and we wanted to provide these families with a chance to meet and to talk about issues that are unique to raising a child with a prosthetic.
Several families attended the picnic with children ranging in age from 15 months to 12 years old. Activities for the kids, including a Moon Bounce and pinata, were enjoyed. A babysitter was provided to help lead the activities and to keep the children engaged so their parents were able to sit down, relax and simply talk.
Although a wide variety of topics were discussed, inevitably the conversation always led back to the unique issues involved with raising a child with a prosthetic. It was heartwarming to watch the free exchange of support, ideas and insights among the parents. Ben and Elliot were able to answer questions in a relaxed environment. (Incidentally, both enjoyed watching the prosthetics which they crafted being put through their paces as the kids ran around the yard and hopped on the Moon Bounce.)
At OPC, we realize that our patients' needs extend beyond prosthetics. We will continue to strive to provide social opportunities for our patients. Let us know if you have an activity that you would like OPC to host. We are always trying to find unique and fun opportunities for our patients.