Seeing a patient return to the work they love is one of the most rewarding experiences a hand therapist can have. The hand is such a unique and complex “tool”. We take our abilities for granted until they are temporarily taken away from us. Recovering lost abilities, whether from illness, injury or surgery, takes diligence and hard work.
I couldn’t have been prouder when Carol Whitley sent me the most amazing thank you note. I had the privilege of guiding her through the therapy process after she underwent a surgical procedure on her dominant hand. Dr. Bill Barnes of Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex performed her surgery. Though the procedure’s recovery time rendered her unable to practice her craft for several weeks, Carol’s determination and dedication to her therapy were exemplary and certainly paid off. She is an amazing artist. This beautiful drawing shows us just that.
I am so proud of what she accomplished with us.
Carol’s artwork features a variety of mediums including pen & ink, color pencil, and graphite. She specializes in nature, wildlife, pets, and portraits. You can see more of Carol’s work at her website: www.silverfeatherart.com.
About the Author
Mary is a Certified Hand Therapist and Vice President of Production. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time with family and friends, singing, and snake hunting. She is known as “Theater Mom” for Northside High School’s theater program. Her husband, Philip, is a Social Studies teacher at Northside. Together, they have two sons: Alex (21), a junior at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, studying theater and communications and Nick (17) a Senior at Northside High School with plans to pursue a career in musical composition. When asked what she loves most about her job, Mary responded, “I love to see the proud and excited look that comes over a patient’s face when they do an activity that they haven’t been able to do in a long time. Huge smiles and tears of joy often come with this. It’s great.”