I realize that I completely dropped the ball (and the story) after the big build up about my surgery. The truth is I haven’t felt much like writing since then. Everything in life has become a one handed task, which makes typing pretty slow. But, it’s now time to complete the record. I just wish someone would give me another functioning hand…
For the record: (typed with one hand)
On the 14th of October, after weeks of anticipation, I had surgery on my left hand to relieve arthritic pain in the thumb joint. The hospital experience was very good, almost amazing. The only thing missing, in retrospect, was a detailed explanation of the process from the doctor. She came in to put a mark on my hand and was out again in less than 30 seconds.
I left several hours later with the hand wrapped in a bulky splint and totally numb due to a nerve block. The block took care of the pain for nearly 24 hours and then I began taking the prescribed pain med.
That first week I had far less pain than I had expected. It was similar to the way my thumb felt before the surgery. I even began using that hand for simple stabilizing tasks, even though the splint made it impossible to hold things. I remember one time when I was trying to get comfortable in my recliner and used both hands to push myself back. There was a significant jolt of pain that took several minutes of recovery time. After that I gradually became more aware of an annoying burning sensation under the many layers of cotton padding and elastic bandage.
I finally got curious enough to look underneath it all. It was uncomfortable to the degree that I thought a re-wrap might help. The incision appeared to be healing well but there was a single spot of inflammation farther up the thumb that looked like it had a very thick suture drawing it in. “What on earth is that?”, thought I. That is definitely the place that hurts.
To be continued…
13 thoughts on “Give Me a Hand”
HOW can i help you, as you did for me, when you way up there in Snowland?? LOVE, HUGS PRAYERS
Real, sincere and honest prayer is the first and most important thing you can do. I KNOW it is helping. Don’t feel powerless because of distance. Love you back.
LOVE HUGS PRAYERS
Sure hope that heals fast and well…….Bern
Thanks Bern. Love you.
You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks so much Tera.
Your mantra, “It will get better.” And YIKES! (I’m a wimp) the incision looks,,,,YIKES but that will get better too.Be well, Shirley.
Everyone I’ve talked to who has done this says that exact thing – it does get better.
Doesn’t bother me either! Spent too many years working in a clinic! I am sure things will be much improved once you are healed!
wishing you complete and a quick as possible healing……
Thank you. It’s a process to be endured,
surgery is a horrible ordeal to recover from…..so sorry you are having to endure this.