Several years ago I had the basal joint on my right hand replaced because of severe arthritis and at the time I said if I had trouble with the left hand I would never have that one done. The prolonged pain after the surgery was more than I could handle and also the limited use I had for almost 8 weeks after was horrible; I couldn't even dress myself. I have an appointment today to get my 3rd cortisone injection in the joint of my left hand. I'm not sure how long they will do the injections but will find out. I will get the shots as long as they will give them and when they won't give the shots then and only then will I have the surgery. Right now my left thumb feels like it would feel better if they would just chop it off. It takes a good 2 weeks before the shot fully works and it is pretty painful to get the shot but all in all its worth it.
Before I go to the hand doctor my daughter Renee and I are going to stop at some garage sales and also I need to pick up some 1/2 gallon Ball canning jars that I found on Craigslist.