OK - so today I am going to blog about Friday.... but there is so much to say that I'm going to tell my mum what to type and she will obey me!!
What a day! I woke up at 7 o'clock and quickly got dressed and had breakfast, brushed my hair and did my teeth (etc). I was very nervous and excited at the same time but I had no time to worry because that's when the doorbell rang. The BBC news reporter named Bryony came to interview and film me. She had wanted to do a story on things I can do with my new hand that I couldn't do before but there wasn't enough to say - I can do things like ride my bike MUCH better now but I could do it without my new hand. So she had to change her story a bit. First I rode my bike before we went inside and she asked me lots of questions like:
- What's your name?
- How old are you?
- Do your friends like your hand?
- Does it hurt?
- How long have you had it?
- Is it useful?
- Did you choose the colours?
She fitted all her stuff into two backpacks - inside she kept a big camera (David would LOVE it), a mini-microphone that only awesome interviewees wear (like me :) ), a large fuzzy microphone that was very soft to touch and some other stuff. She also asked my mum a few questions (sadly she had to wear the awesome mini-microphone).
We then went to school. At lunchtime it all started - I went down to the Bickmore Hall (where the workshop was set up) and photocopied some things for my mum and lay them out on guest chairs. Outside (on our way to Reception) we bumped into Loen (a girl with a thumb on her right hand but no full hand). Then we took her to the music block to meet her buddy for the day - Eden. All the visitors were buddied up with someone to make them more welcome. Louise (my buddy) was the next to arrive. The workshop started with a talk by Mr C and then Alex and Josh Pope-Saffer's granny explained how our hands work. Then Mrs Saffer told us to get started. Every team of 5 people had a hand to build. Mine was pink, yellow and glow-in-the dark. Everyone had to work as a team. I think the girls had an advantage because they read the instructions better!!! People kept asking to see my hand to see how to do it. One time, my friend Alicia, came over and asked to borrow my hand (she was obviously deep in thought as she said this) I replied "look at your own hands" and she said "OK, sure" before she walked away. 30 seconds later she came back saying "I can't use my own hands - they're not printed!".
We had a break, biscuit and drink before we did some more hand building. It was really interesting to see how it all worked because David and Dani built my last one and I didn't really get to see all the details. It's really fiddly and you need 4 hands to build one hand!! All in all it was a great day. When most people had left Oscar (the boy with no big hands) got one of his hands fitted and it worked really well - I think he was VERY happy :) :) :) :)
Next we went home to watch the news............