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Hand to Hand Combat

Friday, May 05, 2017

Holy moly it has been a long time since I have posted. I will strive to spark it up and type with my non dominant hand. Does that burn extra calories??

Please call me the One Armed Wonder right now since I am going on three weeks of having a specialized hand/arm surgery on my right hand. Doing everything -yes everything- has been an adventure since I am right handed. Doc said that we won't know if the surgery was successful for about 3 months.

The goal is to dramatically increase circulation to my hand, and hopefully gain more movement. My body is like a tree, and my branches [hands and feet] have been withering away for some years now. I'm determined to do all I can to keep them, wrinkly leaves and all. Hee

One of my chronic pain doctors made the mistake of telling me about this rare surgery 3 years ago. Since then I have been poking, prodding, and emailing that doctor to find out if I was a candidate. Poor guy.
At first the hand surgeon didn't want to do the surgery since it had never been performed on someone with my specific disease and other conditions. My reply to that was, "wouldn't you like to be the first doctor to do this surgery on someone with EM?" : ) I had to agree to see additional doctors for their opinion of the surgery first. Stressful, but successful!

Recovery has been painful. I still have all of my stitches but I am already able to move all of my fingers. Hurrah! I've downsized from a cast to a splint. And I've decided that my splint looks like a giant rice paddle, don't you think?

I have already made a promise to myself that I will not actually use this rice paddle to feed my face, ha!

If you need a good appetite suppressant for the day, look up the surgery online: Digital Sympathectomy surgery. Icky yet amazingly interesting.

Of course the simple day to day actions have been challenging. I've been eating with a dish towel covering my torso since feeding myself with my left hand makes me feel like a messy baby. Arg! Then there is the vanity side of myself [who knew that that still existed?]. I should just start playing circus music in the bathroom while I attempt to shower with one arm wrapped up with a garbage bag, or color in my eyebrows with my left hand. I have looked either very surprised or extremely angry so often lately with my failed attempts with that brow pencil :-)

But I am still very excited and encouraged to see the final result of this surgery. If the circulation is increased, then my hand will hopefully work a bit better for a while. Then I will get the surgery on my left hand. My next project will be to try and find a specialist who does this surgery on feet. I can be annoyingly persistent, so I will start the hunt soon.

To my Spark friends who have been so supportive and encouraging throughout this time, I wanted to say thank you and cover you all with big fuzzy hugs. The jokes, goodies and words of encouragement have been so valuable and to me over this past year. You guys are gems! I hope that I can be there for you during challenging times as well.

Wanted to share a picture that made me squeal out loud a few days ago. I was so proud of myself for getting my eyebrows on correctly, and wanted to text a 'howdy' photo to my husband at work. Pretty sure that I busted my cat behind me, plotting my murder. Ha ha ha!

I am off to my first session of physical therapy. My goal is to ditch the dishtowel, lift a hand weight for some bicep curls soon, and get back some of my boogie :-).

'Nuff said.
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    I hope the surgery helps heaps!
    605 days ago
  • NUMD97

    Somehow I missed this blog. Sorry. =hangs head in abject shame= Even with all that is going on, you are still funny. I giggled. Then felt guilty. You are so the jokester.

    I am thrilled beyond what mere words can say, that it seems (doctors try to be more cautious perhaps then they have to be so you won't be disappointed) the surgery was successful. YAYYYYY!!!!!!! If you, being the owner of your hands, feel the difference, then the likelihood is it is true.


    Heaven bless your persistent nature. And getting the good doctors on board and behind "da Bren plan". Who knows? I would not be surprised in the least if you are a "first" that it becomes a case study for a journal article. Ask them.

    As we say, may you continue to go "from strength to strength", Bren. I wish you nothing but the best and continued good news.

    Keep us posted, keeeeed,

    654 days ago
    And you have a beautiful furbaby helping with moral support on your shoulder :). Wishing you good energy and healing :)
    679 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Hi Bren, been thinking of you, hope recovery goes well. You look lovely as always! But I did LOL at your description of doing your brows with your left hand.
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    681 days ago
    I have been away but it's nice to be back & see somethings never change. Even with everything you face you are still just as beautiful inside & out! You've got this 👍🏻you will be trading in that dish towel for hand weights very soon. emoticon
    682 days ago
    Bren! You are absolutely gorgeous, what a wonderful howdy for your husband! I'm so happy to hear that you got the surgery and are on the mend. Do keep us updated on the progress! Good for you for being so persistent, this is how progress is made. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    687 days ago
    emoticon Persistence pays off! emoticon
    687 days ago
  • QUINNY2016
    Good luck! You look great and in good spirits! Keep it up!!!!
    688 days ago
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