Friday, October 03, 2014
On August 22nd, I had surgery to reduce the length of my ulna and to release the trigger thumb on my right hand. I spent 5 days in the post surgery wrap and, then on August 27th, I got a cast.
On October 1, the cast was removed. Hooray!!! I was thrilled to get rid of it. As I was able to do more, I found the bar across the palm of my hand to be irritating in more ways than one. So this is what I look like now --
The surgical tape still covers most of the incision and will come off the more I soak. So far, two pieces have come off. I have a splint to wear but I can leave it off more and more as the month and healing progress. I plan to make my rehab my job so three times a day, I soak for ten minutes, roll therapy putty for 5 minutes, lotion and massage for 5 minutes, and do 10 of each of the two stretches I've been advised to do. At the end of the month, I will have another set of x-rays and the doctor expects I will be fully healed by then. At that point, I will be good to go as long as the screws in the plate stay in place. I am so looking forward to crocheting and being able to independently cook and bake (cutting is difficult and I can't do a can opener yet). Meanwhile, I am practicing my patience.