Monday, March 31, 2008

My Black and Blue Right Hand

I unwrapped my mummy hand today and it ain't that bad:

There it is, a hand sans a carpal tunnel. It's a little stiff, stings if I stretch just the wrong way and it'll probably leave an notable scar. For the price of being able to type without economizing my time and getting rid of voice recognition software, I'm thinking it will be well worth it. I can already feel the roominess in there. I just hope it doesn't end up looking like I half-heartedly tried to off myself equipped only with a razor blade and a poor understanding of human anatomy.

Since my dominant hand has been out of commission for a couple days, I've come to learn there are many things I took for granted; it's been a while since I've asked anyone to tie my shoes or button my shirt. Mr. Fob said a friend had both hands done at the same time and was miserable and that I should expect to be half-miserable for weeks. While I appreciate the encouragement, it's not been that bad, considering it's been only 3 days.

But I'd hope to not let Rob find that out; he's taking good care of me and my broken body. It's kind of been nice, when, say, Brian needs help in the restroom to be able to defer to his dad :-).

9 comments:

Kengo Biddles said...

If it's any consolation, Miki had bi-lateral carpal tunnel releases done the day after I was laid off from my job. That was fun. Mom, Dad, Nursemaid, Job-seeker and student all at once.

So count your blessings. :) Were you totally loopy coming off the drugs? Miki was waaay out there and didn't even remember I was in the room half the time.

This was of course after she had an allergic reaction to Demerol and got doped on Benedryl on top of the pain meds...

Mr. Fob said...

I think it's really tasteless of you to post such a graphic photo of the incision on the internet.

[kɹeɪ̯g̊] said...

Being waited on foot and, er... hand does get old after a while. When I broke my foot and wasn't able to walk on it for about 3 months I about went insane. Not having to do chores was not worth not being able to walk.
Of course, I don't have kids.

Java said...

My dear mother had the same surgery in January. She also had trigger finger repair. I'd never heard of that before. Her incision looked a lot like that. She was able to do a lot, but if she hit it or pressed it just "so" it would really hurt.

Best wishes for a quick and pain-free recovery.

MoHoHawaii said...

After seeing that picture of the scar on your hand, I began to wonder if all that stuff they told us in youth firesides about 'self abuse' might be true after all. I certainly hope you learned your lesson!

:-)

Scot said...

Kengo Were you totally loopy coming off the drugs?

Being averse to feeling out of my head, I requested as little as possible. They wanted to put me out and I wanted to watch. In the end we compromised and they gave me Versed with a local and I don't remember anything after that. I could have said anything in that missing hour :-).

How does Miki feel about having it done now?


"I think it's really tasteless of you to post such a graphic photo of the incision on the internet."

You must be a bad influence on me then.

Craig: Alas, the gig is up today. We went out to the car and I headed to the passenger's seat and was told that I could drive :-).

Thank you Java.

I certainly don't get what you mean MoHoHawaii...

Paul said...

I've got a numb index finger on my "mouse" hand. But after looking at your surgery wounds, I've very hesitant to do anything about it.

Kengo Biddles said...

Miki's glad it's been done, but now she's feeling like she's developed trigger thumbs. She's already had her hands released for De Quervain's tendonitis, too...

She just has bad hands. Not that mine are much better, but I haven't had any surgeries at 30...so I'm hoping our boys get my hands, not hers.

Mr. Fob said...

Oh, sure, there you go digging up things from the past.