Originally Posted by Cassidy06
Thank you, Haydena. I posted a lengthy reply on Janet20's thread. I have been reading through dajo's thread, also. I feel that I am much more prepared for my left thumb basal joint fusion surgery than I was before I found this website. Sometimes, military healthcare professionals are more mechanical and less "soft" about thier care.
As for my son, I will be able to put him in the base day care, but wish I didn't have to. I will try to beg for family to visit...but I know it is difficult with finances and with the holidays soon approaching.
I am an active woman, so I think this may also take a toll on me emotionally. I keep thinking that being in the house all day will make me gain a bunch of weight. Do you think that after my cast is taken off that I will be able to go to the pool at the gym and swim? I just can't imagine what my mobility/pain/swelling is going to be post op.
Thank you again for help!! It is very, very much appreciated.
I will answer this post first & then go to Janet's thread & answer your post there. In future I think we should stick to 1 thread to make it easier for us.
Firstly let me tell you that you are a VERY brave lady to have this surgery at this time.
When you put your son in the day care center at the base, would you be allowed to stay with him so he would get used to it? It would help him having his mum with him for some of the time.
No way do you have to stay at home all day with a cast on. You can go out. I dont know if your car insurance allows you to drive with a cast on, mine did not. (I was in a micro plastic splint, which just covered my hand & wrist, no cast at all)
Once the cast is off you will probably go into some kind of soft splint which you may be allowed to remove when you shower. If this is the case then of course you can go swimming.Remember its your left hand thats having the surgery & not your left leg! As long as you dont use your hand & allow it to heal,
you will be fine.
If you can manage to bath & dress your son using your right hand only, you will be ok. I suggest you try this now to see how you manage.
For the post op pain, you will have pain killers,& the ice pack.
For the swelling, you will have Arnica or Traumeel (Traumeel is better) you will keep your arm raised as much as you can.The ice pack also helps lower the swelling.I suggest you buy an arm sling.
You will be able to walk around. Having the surgery on the non dominant hand is much easier than having it on the right hand.
The first week is the hardest. Ask your doctor to give you pain meds. Extra strength Tyrenol also helps with the pain.
Once you start physical therapy you can ask your therapist any question that you want as they are usually very helpful.
I hope the above will calm you down & please dont hesitate to ask me anything else you need to know.