November 16th I had my wrist surgery, and yesterday the splint was removed. I’m now in a brace and have about four to eight weeks or recovery left. The brace is removed periodically during the day for flexibility exercises, showering, and ice packs. Already I’m noting a HUGE improvement.
My pinky and ring finger on my right hand are able to move without causing me to wince. I can type without pain shooting up to my shoulder, though typing is kept short for now. Washing my hair was easier, even with the post-surgery pain. It’s little things that, over the last five or so years, have faded away.
By February I should be back at what I love doing: making jewelry, quilting, painting, and drawing. Basically using my hands and creating.
Between now and then it’s slow-going, taking it easy, and doing the wrist exercises assigned to me. I may be able to do some hand-quilting on Space Lanterns in a couple weeks. Right now putting any pressure on my right wrist is too much, and this includes brushing my hair. My left hand has been doing all the work for a couple weeks, and will be doing so for awhile longer.
As for lack of updates lately, that’s due to the pain and my being in a splint. I was typing with just my left hand, which wasn’t working out so well because half the letters on my keyboard are gone. If I don’t look at it while typing with BOTH hands there’s no issue.
I’ll post updates as things improve, but it may be quiet for awhile.
Oh, I did get approved for Medicaid, which then went back to October 1st and covered all my doctor visits between then and now. I don’t have to pay a dime for my surgery, which would have cost me upwards of almost $2000 USD with just Medicare.
How are the rest of you doing?