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Unusual problem
By:Pete Rudie
Date: 6/23/2001, 10:01 am

I have a friend who would like very much to try kayaking. She is young and in good physical condition, but has one problem that has me asking for help.

Born with a birth defect, she has the first joint of the right thumb, and the first joint of the right pinkie, but no other fingers on the right hand. The palm is otherwise normal, and there is no atrophy of the arm muscles. She is strong enough to paddle, but gripping the paddle is the issue. The digits are not long enough to touch in opposition. Furthermore, she doesn't want to invest in a paddle unless she can actually use it, so permanent modifications are problematic.

I was thinking about a pogie or something like it, or a glove with velcro on the palm and temporarily attached to the paddle. Any other ideas?

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Unusual problem
Pete Rudie -- 6/23/2001, 10:01 am
Re: Good friends and she found it -- Pete.
Tony -- 6/25/2001, 1:16 pm
Possible solutions.
!RUSS -- 6/24/2001, 10:10 pm
mike allen ---> -- 6/25/2001, 12:11 pm
mike allen ---> -- 6/25/2001, 2:43 pm
Many thanks to all
Pete Rudie -- 6/24/2001, 9:21 pm
Re: Many thanks to all
Tom-Atlanta -- 6/30/2001, 10:43 pm
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Norman Sisson -- 6/24/2001, 1:13 pm
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John Monfoe -- 6/24/2001, 6:15 am
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David Dick -- 6/23/2001, 10:12 pm
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Mitch Isoe -- 6/23/2001, 10:33 pm
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Rehd -- 6/23/2001, 9:39 pm
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Shawn Baker -- 6/25/2001, 10:33 am
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LeeG -- 6/23/2001, 9:33 pm
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daren neufeld -- 6/23/2001, 4:34 pm
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Mike Scarborough -- 6/23/2001, 2:18 pm
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Val Wann -- 6/23/2001, 12:17 pm
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Ken Sarkozy -- 6/23/2001, 12:15 pm
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Val Wann -- 6/23/2001, 12:14 pm
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Ronnie -- 6/23/2001, 11:06 am
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Don Beale -- 6/23/2001, 10:38 am
Re:In fact....
Don Beale -- 6/23/2001, 11:24 am