Let’s start at the beginning, tell us about the first time you tried Coapt. For example, where were you, who were you with, what was it like, etc.?
It was a few years back and I was at Winnipeg Prosthetics & Orthotics with Peter, my amazing Prosthetist. We had spent time discussing and making decisions together about the best way to design a prosthetic that would work best for me. He had mentioned this amazing technology he had seen at a convention and said it might work well for me. The MOMENT I tried it, (it was only on a Michealangelo arm) I knew it would change my life.
Before you used Coapt, what were some of the pain points or difficulties in your day to day activities either using other prostheses (if applicable) or just in general living with a limb difference?
On a day to day basis, regular things that most people would not think about can become very difficult. For example, I used to be right-handed and had to relearn how to think in whole a different way. Now having this amazing prosthetic that is SO EASY to use (and I cannot stress that enough, 2.0 is way easier than 1.0) has made so many tasks easier, from simply holding makeup or cards, to cutting food, or cooking!
With a Coapt system, what are some ways that your daily routine has changed for the better?
I just got my new one, so I’m literally figuring out all the cool things I can do. But, every day I learn more. So I guess that’s the amazing thing, that’s the gift, right?
What is your most memorable Coapt moment since becoming a Coapt user?
Hmmm, that’s a hard question. Probably when we were trying to get it approved by our provincial insurance provider (MPI) so we had a demonstration at Wpgpo. My case manager tried a demo and was completely blown away by the technology. We got approval for my amazing prosthetic and I knew this would was going to change the lives of amputees in Manitoba forever.