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Old 03-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #47
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Re: Basal Joint surgery

Originally Posted by margarita889 View Post
Dear Haydena,

I'm delighted to hear you are doing so well. Hopefully that numb section will come back-a lot of the nerves do reconnect, but they grow very slowly. With my knees I got back almost all the area that was numb, but it took over 6 months. I am still doing my exercises and will be doing them for quite a while yet, but my final therapy session was Tuesday, so I am officially released.

Right now things are really busy for me-only 5 days until exams, so of course my students have just decided they want an A and how can they raise their grade from a C between now and then. I have a lot of correcting to do which is really wreaking havoc with my left hand, but I have the most docile, cooperative, obedient students ever as they feel the pressure of finals. I work in a Catholic High School which means I have it a lot easier than those teaching in public schools to begin with, but this week is like a vacation! I wish they wanted to work like this every week, but then they are just normal kids.

I have started seeds and also started some for a friend of ours who will be giving my daughter Gina and me a large piece of his garden to use. He lives on an acre of land and doesn't need all his garden since his children are grown and gone. I think he likes us there because we do all the watering that is necessary so he doesn't have to. We have offered to pay, but he doesn't want anything, even for the water. I will put my tomato plants in at our house where I have a small garden space that is fenced. The deer have gotten really bad and I can't have anything growing in the open in our yard which is really a shame. I used to have 40 feet of raspberries and would pick 2 gallons at a time during the peak of the season, but the deer have destroyed them all. There isn't enough food for them any longer since the farm behind our house was sold and divided for a subdivision. We live next to a park, so there is plenty of space for them to live in the woods safely, but without the corn fields they are eating everything else.

Just a few days until I go to Florida. I will go on Good Friday and stay to the following Friday. I have a lot of work to do, but I will also have a chance to spend a lot of time with my family. I plan to correct my exams on the flight down. I have done that several years and it really helps with the boredom.

Then it will be a few more weeks to the end of the fourth term, Florida, Costa Rica, and then surgery on the left. My surgeon is working on moving my surgery up by a week so that I am out of the brace before the start of classes. That would make correcting so much easier. So wish me luck on that one. He will let me know later this month or in early April.

I will be looking forward to hearing from you next week when you are finally free from the splint. I think you should buy a new ring for that hand to celebrate the occasion. I think that jewelry is always appropriate for a special event, don't you?

Take Care.

Hello dear Linda,

''A new ring?" I know you are seated now! Hubby bought me new earrings 2 days ago!!!! as I was having such a hard time closing mine he decided to take me on a drive to the jeweler where I was told to ''choose''
Two great minds think alike!! (He had a hard time closing the previous earrings)

Today I decided to take my splint off alone to give my hand & scar an airing.
Scar looks great, thin & about 9 cm. swelling has almost all gone down, the only part that looks a bit deformed is the lower thumb where the surgeon wrapped the tendon around the 2 bones. I oiled & creamed all my hand, covered it with a large piece of gauze & replaced the micro plastic splint & closed the 2 velcro straps going around my wrist & just under thumb. Great feeling of comfort! Hydration at its best!

Linda, my thumb tip is not numb. I must admit I did'nt touch my thumb as I used the oil via a dropper, am sure it is numb there. I will be able to tell you more after Wednesday when my splint is officially removed. YAY.

Congrats on finishing your physio. Way to go! You are right to continue doing your excercises.

Due to overworking my left hand, I started to feel a weird kind of weakness in my wrist. My surgeon did tell me that the arthroplasty is for life, so I reassured
myself & did not go into a mad panic. I bought myself a medium strength wrist guard & wear it when I write, cook & do the laundry. I also apply Traumeel to the left wrist. As I type now, I do not feel any pain in that area, thank goodness. Maybe a wrist guard would help your hand whilst you are writing & correcting those exam papers? Linda, please dont strain your hand, no matter what, you've healed so well & fast.

Your ''extra garden'' sounds divine, you are so lucky to have such a kind neighbour. Good luck with your project. I have friends living in rural areas in the US who also have huge problems with deer, eating everything they are able to find.

Your Good Friday is our Passover here, we will both be on vacation! I wish you a safe journey & a happy time with your family & good luck with the stuff you need to attend to in Florida.

The best of good luck for an early surgery date. When do classes start?

Surgery on your left hand will be easier on you as you've already been through the same (surgery) on your right hand. You are well prepared & your positive attitude helps loads. I will be here to ''talk'' to & support you.

All the best to you Linda.