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Post  dixie on 12/19/2011, 8:39 pm

The day before Thanksgiving I had thumb ligament reconstruction on my left (nondominant hand) thumb. The joint was completely destroyed by arthritis & bone spurs & putting any kind of pressure, as in holding objects, opening bottles or just moving the wrong way, caused severe pain. I tried injections twice, but no help & the only other thing to try was reconstruction. (They don't do replacements like with knees & hips).

They remove the entire joint at the base of the thumb & take sections of ligament from the inner forearm & weave to make a new joint. I have to be in a cast from base of fingers to elbow for 6 weeks, then a splint for another 6 weeks. So now I am basically one armed.

Just try to grip something with your middle & index fingers, it won't work. I have to type one fingered, which really is frustrating since I was a medical transcriptionist & type really fast. That's why there are choppy sentences with as many words left out as possible! It has taken a LONG time to type this.

Everything is going well as far as I know & the pain has not been as bad as I feared, just constant discomfort with only pain at the end of the day, so really not bad.

Fortunately DH likes to cook & is a great housekeeper. I get to spend my time planning this year's garden & surfing for the next "but all you have to do is.." Great Idea.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 12/19/2011, 8:54 pm

Hey...long time no see/speak. Glad to see you making it back a little. We miss your commentary and posting. Hope to see you back soon. Get well!
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Post  dixie on 12/19/2011, 9:01 pm

Thanks. I'm spending a lot of time reading topics I missed
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Post  martha on 12/19/2011, 9:53 pm




Big hugs, Dixie! Recover soon! (But obey Dr.'s instructions!)
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Post  Furbalsmom on 12/19/2011, 11:56 pm

Dixie,

Glad to hear things seem to be healing well. I certainly hope the pain eases quickly.

Nice to hear that your DH is able to help now that you are limited in what you are allowed to do.

Again, Take care and soon you will be able to do this.
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Post  plantoid on 12/20/2011, 12:01 pm

Dixie Nice to hear your on the mend .

Would one of the voice into type computer programmes help you or do they not work on forum websites ?
( I'd be interested in finding out as I'm horribly dyslexic in words and numbers most days ).
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Post  dixie on 12/20/2011, 6:29 pm

I never thought of that, but i'll have to keep pecking at the keyboard. It is weird that you know where all the keys are without thinking, but with only 1 finger I have to search sometimes

Thanks for the well wishes.
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Post  Luci Dawson on 12/20/2011, 8:38 pm

Speedy recover to you, Dixie! We'll be praying for you....
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