You may or may not know that I had carpal tunnel surgery on October 22. I am into week two where I have a wrap and splint on my hand that keeps my wrist from being able to bend. I saw my surgeon on 10/28 and my hand was unwrapped, cleaned, and checked and I was given a smaller version of the original wrap. I was given instructions that I could now take off the wrap to let it “air out”, but that I wasn’t supposed to do any activities without it on. At this point it still hurts to put any pressure on my fingers – I can’t even tie a bow with my robe sash – but they are getting better every day. I am typing with all my fingers except my thumb.
In case you don’t know, I have some interesting paradoxical quirks in my personality. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and yet I opted for general anesthesia for my surgery just so that I wouldn’t have to have a second IV inserted for numbing of the arm – it took two trys to get the one in that I needed no matter what. I love to watch medical shows on television – not dramas, but actual surgeries, however, when my wrap is off I can’t relax because I am sure that I am going to move wrong and my sutures will burst open or the cut tendon will pull and hurt. When my wrap is on I have the same invincible feeling as I do when cleaning with my yellow rubber gloves. 🙂 Kevin calls my rubber gloves my “magic gloves” because I can tackle any disgusting cleaning job if I have my “magic gloves” on.
So, now for the Halloween treat. I had Kelsey take a photo of my hand – unwrapped – last night. Do you want to see it? It is below if you think you can take it!
Do you feel sorry for me? Ah, come on! Just a little sympathy. I never have a wound that is visible so I need to milk this one for all it is worth. If you can’t tell, the spot on the middle of my palm is bruising. You can also see the purple marker where the surgeon marked the incision and also to mark where the large stitches were to be placed. I get my stitches out next Wednesday, but keep the wrap and splint for another week.
Thanks for, uh, looking. 🙂 Lori