Sunday, March 09, 2008

I'm back, sort of.

Well, hello. It's seems forever and a day since I've been on here. I thought I'd just do a little catch up so you all know I'm still here. Things have been busy here with me in the recuperating mode. After Monday's surgery, which the doctor said went well, I was already back to see him on Thursday for the post op check. I got to see the incision and stitches and he showed me the two little tiny screws he put in my hand bone on xrays. If you're squemish close your eyes and scroll down just a touch.

After this he sent me to see the orthopedist to get a custom made cast. Take note: another word for physio/ortho is torture chamber. If I'd have known the sweet young thing who introduced herself as Leena was really a trained expert in giving pain I'd have made sure I took a few or ten tylenol 3's before I went. Youch just doesn't seem like a strong enough word to convey the "fun" time she showed me. But for all that, she let me pick my cast color. I, of course, chose red to co-ordinate with my favorite purse. My honey suggested going with blah beige but after all that I figured I needed something bright and cheery and flashy. The older ladies who happened to be in there with their mom totally agreed after watching my torture therapy session. So now I take this thing off every two hours to do exercises and I think it's been going really well. I have way more range of motion now than last Thursday. Now I have to be very careful to wear the cast at all times,except exercise time, and not pull or push or lift anything for 4 - 6 weeks.


So that is where it stands so far in the hand department. I've had some extremely painful shoulder issues due to all the drugs run rampant in my system and all the extra work my one side is all of a sudden being called upon to perform, but other than that, I'm glad to be back doing a post even though it took me two days to do it. Maybe I can even start leaving a few comments here and there although this one handed typing leaves a lot to be desired in the speed department.

Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. They were more encouraging than you will ever know, especially after this last weekend.

28 comments:

Barb said...

My word, Susanne. You really did a number on your poor hand. But it sounds like the worst is over and you're in full recovery mode now.

Pretty cast! LOL

Not to worry. Some of us out here aren't reading and commenting much lately, in spite of having two perfectly good hands. So you're good. At least you have a good excuse.

As frustrating as it must be for you, it's awfully good to hear from you again. Take good care of yourself. xoxo

Barbara H. said...

It's so good to hear from you!!

That looks and sounds so painful!! I am praying the worst is over and you have steady, increasing, uncomplicated healing from here on out.

Beck said...

Good grief, Susanne!
I'm so glad you're back - I hope that you're feeling better and the pain isn't as bad. :(

Cyndi said...

Bless your heart, Susanne! I'm so glad for the update. I've been praying for you!

Faith said...

It's so great to hear from you!
Glad you stopped by today. (and yeah, the taco chicken is a cinch to make!)
WOW...sounds painful but I am still praying for you. Hugs, Faith

Sarah said...

You poor thing, but snazzy cast! Yes, far too much beige and muted colours around these days ;)

Praying for quick healing.

Hugs.

Sandra said...

Thank you for the update Susanne, I'm so glad to see you on here. Boy that looks sore but at least now it's over and it only gets better from here.

Thank you for keeping us updated, I've kept you in my prayers :)

Hugs,
Sandra

Linda said...

I applaud your color choice Susanne- it's very cheerful (and it sounds as though you needed cheering up just then). I'm sorry it has been so painful, but glad to hear you are improving. Praying it will all heal very quickly and well.

annie said...

Aw! Your poor hand! I've been praying for your hand to heal quickly!
Glad to hear an update.
♥,
Annie

islandsparrow said...

ouch - I'm sorry it's been such a hard time for you Suzanne but glad to see you back in bloggyland. I've been praying for you. Hope you have a chance to rest and recover.

Anonymous said...

OUCH!!!!

hope it continues to get better

Jen at http://my3boysandi.wordpress.com

ellen b. said...

How wonderful to hear from you Susanne. Good choice on the cast color! I'll continue to pray for complete healing of your hand and great mobility...
Blessings on you.

gail@more than a song said...

Oooh, I'm twitching after looking at that! I'm so sorry you've had to go through all this, I just can't imagine how hard it must be on you. I've had friends tell me the same thing about therapists, trained torturers they are! Like the cast...hope you continue to heal with a minimum of pain from here on out.

Org Junkie said...

Susanne how I've missed you so but that hands seriously looks painful. I'm feeling for you, yikes!! I'm loving the whole match your cast to your purse concept, I mean you are right, if you are going to be in pain you might as well look good doing it :)

Take it easy!

Susie said...

I've missed reading your posts. Glad to see everything is on the mend. That is some incision. I'm sure it hurts, but thankly you have meds. Take it easy and my prayers continue to be with you.

Chappyswife said...

Oh my dear friend, Susanne! I am so, so sorry about your hand. My goodness. That's awful. I am glad you have the surgery behind you. Take care of yourself. You will be in my prayers.

Lots of love & hugs to you!!!

momrn2 said...

Oh my friend... Just seeing the pictures and hearing about therapy brings it all reeling back into my own mind when I crushed my wrist, had surgery with metal inserted, etc...!!

The thought of therapy still sends chills up my spine. Please know that I can competely relate! I am fervently praying for you during this time!!!

Lisa writes... said...

Ooh, I didn't get the squeamish alert in time! And a coordinating cast and purse? Totally fashion conscious, even in your pain, I'm impressed!

Shalee said...

Oh how I love modern day medicine!

You'll be up and blogging again in no time! Glad to hear that you're healing nicely, even if it's too slow for your blogging/comfort!

Susanne said...

Lisa: I think my purse is the only stylish thing about me. So I had to grab opportunity when it presented itself! lol!

Linda said...

Welcome back, dear Susanne. And yes, that is a stunning cast. I am having a hard time visitng and commenting, and I have no excuse. Keep working at those tough exercises. You need to get back into Story-Telling form!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, I have been catching up and didn't know about your surgery! I'll be praying for a speedy recovery!

Tammy said...

Susanne...that torture session doesn't sound fun at all! Thankfully, that is now behind you!

Doing things for so long one-handed truly must be frustrating...I'll continue to pray for quick recovery...and lots of lots of patience! LOL

I understand if you can't comment for awhile!
Come on over and just read the birthday to post to my mom...(but if you feel like it, and type HB, I'll know you meant Happy Birthday!);)

Love and prayers,
~Tammy

Melanie said...

Oh, Bless your heart. I feel for you, Susanne.

samismom22 said...

I bet you never thought you would be posting pictures of your hand on your blog! :) Wow, you have been through a lot with that!
Continuing to pray for you. Glad your back to your blog, that is a good sign. :)

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Thanks for the update.

I too have been praying for you and am glad that things are progressing well.

I love the red cast!

Bev said...

Susanne, I'd say we're tickled you can type at all, save it for doing posts to let us know how youre doing, and skip comments til youre better - we know you're out there reading, and that hand doesnt look too typing-friendly to me!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Oh my gosh--I've been so out of it. I didn't even know. Yikes! Hope you're feeling 100% soon.