My thumb is much better than it was. It has been seven weeks since the surgery. I do not have a noticeable scar..but a band of scar tissue that feels all funny. Perhaps with time that sensation will go away.
There are still things I can not do. I cannot snap the snaps on my parka with my right hand..I use my left. I cannot open anything that has cap that twists off..like on a bottle of water. I cannot grasp heavy objects between my thumb and forefinger and pull them toward me without pain. ( think down comforters, seat belts etc..) You know those little arrow things on the cap of a bottle of aspirin..that have to be lined up and you just flip that top right off..well that is still not happening.
What can I do? I can now use a can opener, for months I would haul the can to be opened and the opener to Far Guy. If I didn’t ..he would be brought into the kitchen by my screaming because my thumb would be stuck out of joint, and the stupid can would still be unopened. Most of the time I can get a jar opened..sometimes not..but that happened before my thumb went to pot too.
I would not be able to carry three gallons pots filled with plants at once or weed like I used too..but perhaps those are the things that wore out the pulley in my thumb in the first place.
The pain is mostly gone..but I still sleep with my hand elevated at night…out of sheer habit..I can go to sleep with my hand down and wake up an hour later and it is safely elevated above me. My hand hurts if I get it cold..that must be the arthritis. So I am not 100% yet but 90% and it is getting better everyday.