Re: lymphedema of hand
Thanks for the reply. It always seemed that the therapists were just happy I could move the fingers at all. The wound care people kept saying they were amazed because they said it looked so much like ground hamburger that all were just happy I had the arm and hand. I have no feeling in the upper third of my 3 fingers (small, ring, and middle). The therapists focused on splinting it to keep it straight, not becoming a claw, and not movement and definitely not quality of movement. I could not accept just keeping it straight -- I worked to move it as much as possible. No matter what I have tried -- I can hold something, I know I have it, but I can't feel it and ultimately I either shake it to death or drop it. My doctors felt it would either be totally stiff or in the shape of a claw and its prospects were almost 0. And luckily, it is not a claw. From the moment the accident happened I have fought to keep my arm and hand moving. They move but ever so slowly. I can't accept this. I want it the way it used to be. I have to be real to myself and accept that everything changed that day. The therapists say its nerve damage and the swelling, but they only use the glove to reduce the swelling. I work with a lady who advises that maybe massage therapy can help this. I don't know. The therapists turn me loose from treatment tomorrow, so I have to look for other solutions. I can't give up on this. It saddens me ever single minute of the day when I look or try to use my hand. It burns constantly and pain is always there. My job has always been to fix things and make things better, but it seems like when it is really important that I fix this, I can't.