Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Forced Downtime

Three years ago I had the basal joint in my right hand replaced and swore I would never have it done to my left hand.  If you look up basal joint surgery you will see how it is done.  One of the ways and the way it was done on my right hand was to put a pin in it that sticks out the side of your hand.  The pin was removed after 4 weeks and the pain was horrible.  The doctor that did my first surgery has left the practice and the surgeon who replaced him does not use the pin method.  I have had 3 steroid shots in the joint and that is all they will give.  My two choices are to be in pain all the time or surgery.  Well surgery has won out.  Almost every night for the last month I would say the first thing in the morning I'm calling the doctor.  But then in the morning it doesn't hurt as bad so I didn't call.  This morning when I got up it was really bothering me so I called the ortho office.  They had an appointment today so I took it.  Saw the doctor and am having surgery on November 1st, recovery for this surgery is at least 3 months.  With my left hand not my dominate hand it can take up to 6 months to get back to full use.
Now I have a growing list of things I want to accomplish before surgery.  I have been putting off making pie crusts, noodles, pasta and lasagna for a while now.  If I don't make them in the next two weeks I won't be able to do it for at least 3 + months.    I also need to grind the 5 turkey breasts that are in the freezer and can the broth I will get from boiling the bones.  Tomorrow I will start my list by canning the winter squash I have and then go from there doing a little each day.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Paula sending good thoughts and prayers for an easy/painless/successful surgery for you. Judging by all you've accomplished in the past few months, I've no doubt you'll get all those to-do's on your list accomplished before Nov.1st !