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Carolyn’s Story
As a result of some bone deformities I’ve had since birth, I developed osteoarthritis in my hands. It’s a painful condition, which is aggravated by movement. To help reduce the pain, I needed braces to help keep my hands in a more comfortable position.
 
Fortunately, I found Ruth Vetter, an Occupational Therapist at Spencer Hospital, who showed great compassion, creativity and commitment in helping me. Ruth went “above and beyond” my expectations, trying to fit me with braces for both hands.  It may sound fairly simply, yet ended up being quite a challenge. My fingers are very long and slender.  First, Ruth tried fitting me with available braces; however, women’s sizes were too small and men’s sizes were too large. She then searched for other possibilities, going on-line and also pouring over a large catalog.  Creatively, she tried making adaptations, to another ordered brace.  During my appointments, she was always smiling, very patient, caring, understanding, and encouraging.
 
Finally, adequate braces were found, which came all the way from Denmark.  Ruth was genuinely happy for me when I received these braces!
 
However, while adequate, they were not perfect. Blisters were created when I tried working while wearing the braces. Ruth’s creativity was called upon again and very efficiently, she changed the brace to perfectly fit, eliminating irritation!  Thank you, Spencer Hospital, for employing Ruth Vetter; she’s so exceptional, in every way!

- Carolyn Enderlin, Spencer