Thank you for all your well-wishes. They really do help.
After four days of being one-handed, I totally understand why they don't do both hands at the same time. We've had to make some adjustments. I'm not yet used to washing my 'hand', or using my left hand to brush my teeth, or eat. I can't chop, slice, or cook, so Richard has been doing the cooking with my standing beside him. We've had quesadillas, spinach pie, and chicken fajitas and all have been excellent. I could get used to this. Fast.
I have no pain to speak of and have not needed the prescription painkiller -- except for the night of the surgery. I can easily move my fingers, am no longer experiencing any numbness, and can make a fist with no discomfort. The wrist is still wrapped, however, and I cannot get it wet; nor can I remove the wrapping until the stitches are removed in 12 days. The incision is about three inches long and goes in a straight line from my mid palm to below my wrist. I'm careful not to 'split' the stitches by using my hand too much -- like in releasing my parking brake or turning a doorknob. I also have to fight the tendency to use my teeth to open things. That could have serious ramifications! Tonight I'll have the adventure of washing my hair. Oh, and please don't ask how I typed this...
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.