Hi all, it has been a while since my last post....... ,mainly due to finally sorting out my right thumb, getting the tendon stretched so it works as well as it can, allowing me to return to my normal duty at work. that was a good feeling!! All i need to do now is remember that i cant do what i used to and not overtax the surrounding joints! Not an easy thing to remember..........
The good feeling didnt last long though as my left thumb got lots worse so saw consultant in April to organise other thumb fusion. I ended up taking a cancellation so that my consultant could do the job before she goes on maternity leave. The date given was the day after my wife was due to have carpal tunnel surgery also on her left hand!! She had surgery on Tuesday this week (happened to be my birthday!!
I duly went in and had surgery wednesday and came out thursday, we are now both strapped up tight!!
It has not been a pleasant experience this time though!!! Last time i was put straight into POP cast and had no pain whatsoever after the op but this time I am in a backslab and compression bandage which until this morning was agony as it felt that my arm was in a vice!! It has eased off a lot now though so just on my regular painkillers and havent needed the morphine based stuff today. I am going back in next friday for xrays and to be put into a full cast.
Luckily my outlaws offered to come up for a few days to help out which was really appreciated and they have now taken our girls back with them for most of the half term hols giving us chance to concentrate on ourselves.
It appears that once you start having surgery its like painting the house......... decorate one room it shows up the next one etc!! Had the right thumb done and now the right elbow is coming apart....... hopefully that wont happen on the left side otherwise i will end up like the bionic man!! On the plus side of that though at least when i die they wont have to buy an extra large coffin as they will be able to unbolt me and pack me into a standard one like a meccano kit!!