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Second Attempt - My Post Surgery Progress

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Take two! I typed up this long detailed blog and poof! my other iPad died and the blog was lost in cyber space.

Yesterday, I went for my first post op surgery appointment. Surprisingly enough, out of the 4 incisions, only one had surface stitches. All 4 incisions had stitches inside but 3 of them were closed with glue. The stitches that were removed had been in for 18 days so they were tough to remove and fairly painful. When the surgeon examined my hand/wrist he had me try to wiggle my fingers, bend my wrist one way, then the other and generally checked my movement. In short, it hurt like heck.

The doctor then explained what he repaired in my (right) hand/wrist. He removed torn cartilage in the top of my hand. On the left side of my hand/wrist, at the base of the thumb, he released a tendon and repaired the area. On the palm of my hand he released a compressed nerve - carpal tunnel repair. Finally, on the wrist bone on top of the wrist to alongside the outside of the wrist, he made a L shaped insion. There he removed damaged muscle tissue, cleaned out the joint, repaired a torn tendon and reconstructed a damaged ligament and the area around the tendon and ligament. He had said he did a lot and he wasn’t kidding. I asked his physician’s assistant if this damage could have caused crushing pain before my surgery. She said definitely- both before and after. The injured areas and the surgery sites were all near nerves. That explains the electrical shocks that filled my hand - sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for hours. What I can’t get over is how I’ve been walking around for such a long time with so much damage!

After answering a bunch of questions and getting a cast removal/progress exam appointment, I was sent to the casting area. The tech there was very knowledgeable and explained everything she was doing as she was doing it. The cast has several layers. The patient is allowed to select a color for the outside layer. The tech and I shared a laugh when she pulled out a little device that had all of the cast colors from which I could choose. (It felt like I was selecting paint, flooring or fabric!) There were about 10 colors and I selected hot pink because it looks happy, bright and cheerful. I get my cast off on September 9th, two weeks later that we originally thought but then I had much more damage than we anticipated.

Here I am in all of my hot pink glory!

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  • GABY1948
    I LOVE your pictures! Always have since you started putting them on.....before I had to wonder. You are beautiful!!!! And the hot pink suits you. Other than that, I am SO glad I have never had a cast and hope to never have to have one. But you are doing amazingly! You are a super strong woman and deserve only good things from here on!

    Many prayers and love sent out to you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    200 days ago
    And it looks even MORE impressive in person! Pretty in pink. Sure looking forward to your healing. I know you have to be, too. Take care. Lets get together again soon, even if we are the ones who have to drive.
    201 days ago
    I had hand surgery a few years back and yes, it was painful. Lots of nerves agitated by bone-on-bone repairs!!

    Love your hot pink . . . as you say, cheering and why not??

    Wishing you ongoing recovery.
    202 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so glad to see you on the mend..............
    looking awesome!!!

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    202 days ago
    Looking good in all your hot pink glory! Love the color selection. That's quite a cast. Glad you are on the mend and making forward progress.

    Take care of yourself! emoticon
    202 days ago
    You look so pretty! It sounds like a lot of damage..Sending MANY healing thoughts & prayers...
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    202 days ago
    Glad to hear you're on the mend! Btw, can you explain what "releasing a nerve' entails?
    202 days ago
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