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Hey guys! Hi greengal! Sorry its been so long since i posted. I am 9 days post-op today. I starting using some of my fingers a few days ago. Pain is totally manageable. Im not taking anymore pills, though i still throb a little and swell. I still have to elevate my arm a lot. I am completely managing on my own. Except i had to have my husband zip my jacket. Im still wearing yoga pants, sports bras, and t shirts. I had to cut one of my cheapo zip up hoodies to fit my arm through because i needed a jacket this morning. My husband is the cook in my family so that part is good. Like Haydena, i have pillows next to me on my bed to elevate my arm, but have even been laying on my side at night for a couple of days. Things are really looking up! I move my fingers around a ton and am even able to mske a fist, minus thumb of course. Im still icing a TON too. It helps the itching and feels soooo good. I have a gel icepack that covers fingers to elbow legth. My sis in law who is a physical therapist gave it to me. I am heading back to work Monday. I think 2 weeks is totally doable. Thats what i took off. I will bring some ice packs to work too. I get my hard cast on Wednesday. I will probably take a bath at night times and just wet my hair mornings because i can take twice as long to get ready and frankly, it just wears me out.

Greengal, i think we have youth on our side with this one!!! The first two days and nights were the worst. After that, i felt a tiny bit better each day. The fact that i am using my fingers a bit, i can wiggle my thumb, and im making a fist is HUGE! My ace bandage is actually a bit loose now because of how much swelling has gone down. I have to still rest a lot because my arm will throb and swell if i do too much around the house. Its Sooooo hard to sit around and not do anything. Just take it real slowand listen to your body. I get so tired, so fastbecause my body is using so much energy to heal.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
[QUOTE=mschloe;5154061]Hey guys! Hi greengal! Sorry its been so long since i posted. I am 9 days post-op today. I starting using some of my fingers a few days ago. Pain is totally manageable. Im not taking anymore pills, though i still throb a little and swell. I still have to elevate my arm a lot. I am completely managing on my own. Except i had to have my husband zip my jacket. Im still wearing yoga pants, sports bras, and t shirts. I had to cut one of my cheapo zip up hoodies to fit my arm through because i needed a jacket this morning. My husband is the cook in my family so that part is good. Like Haydena, i have pillows next to me on my bed to elevate my arm, but have even been laying on my side at night for a couple of days. Things are really looking up! I move my fingers around a ton and am even able to mske a fist, minus thumb of course. Im still icing a TON too. It helps the itching and feels soooo good. I have a gel icepack that covers fingers to elbow legth. My sis in law who is a physical therapist gave it to me. I am heading back to work Monday. I think 2 weeks is totally doable. Thats what i took off. I will bring some ice packs to work too. I get my hard cast on Wednesday. I will probably take a bath at night times and just wet my hair mornings because i can take twice as long to get ready and frankly, it just wears me out.

Greengal, i think we have youth on our side with this one!!! The first two days and nights were the worst. After that, i felt a tiny bit better each day. The fact that i am using my fingers a bit, i can wiggle my thumb, and im making a fist is HUGE! My ace bandage is actually a bit loose now because of how much swelling has gone down. I have to still rest a lot because my arm will throb and swell if i do too much around the house. Its Sooooo hard to sit around and not do anything. Just take it real slowand listen to your body. I get so tired, so fastbecause my body is using so much energy to heal.

Let me know if you have any other questions.[/QUOTE]

Good to hear from you Mschloe! I was quite curious to see how you were doing since you and I have so much in common in regards to this surgery. And I am glad to read your post, I had a mini panic attack again tonight about the surgery. Every time I go online and read about the procedure and see pictures it freaks me out again, so why in the world do I do it lol. So reading how well you are doing was just what I needed tonight!

Was your surgery on your dominant hand? Mine will be, and so I am not so much worried about how I will dress but more worried about how I will be able to write, will I be able to anytime soon? I plan to go back to work 2 weeks after as you are, but my job involved a decent amount of writing, which I am sure will be difficult to do with a cast on. But I will find a way to manage and hopefully people will be able to help me out.

Did they use a pin in your joint to stabalize things? I don't know if they will for me, but I was told my surgery would be basal joint arthroplasty with MP stabilzation. So I am thinking there might be a pin. If you have one did they say when it would be removed? How long will you be needing the hard cast?

Anyway, thanks for keeping in touch. Hearing your experience has helped ease some of my fears, so thanks for blazing the trail for us :)





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