I am sidelined. The Physician’s Assistant said “You are doing too much your wrist is swollen.” Duh it was swollen before the surgery. “Your fingers are still numb.” “Don’t lift anything more than two pounds for a month” Heck even Chance’s water dish weighs more than that. “Don’t do any repetative motions where you pull your fingers toward you..like peeling potatoes”…. oops like peeling carrots and potatoes for soup? “ No doing dishes.” oops… “Keep it dry another week or so” …the warm soaks in the bathtub did not impress her.
Far Guy and I just looked at each other. It was the first we had heard of all these rules. The surgeon said I could move my fingers and thumb immediately after surgery and get the hand wet after the big bandage came off. I re read his instructions that we were given, he and his PA must have different views. I wonder how much they communicate?
The tumor was a Lipoma and the pathology report came back just fine. So that was good news.
A very nice LPN came in and took out my stitches. She put on some steri strips. I asked how long she thought they would last …she said “A week, maybe longer wait for them to fall off.”
One trip through Wally World and they were falling off.
At least the stitches are history. I cannot woodcarve for awhile, but I have other hobbies that I can attempt.
The itching from the strips was intense. I wasn’t going to make it 7 days with these strips. I did make it eight hours. I spoke with our daughter that is a Nurse Practitioner, she said if it was itching really badly perhaps I was allergic to the steri strips…possibly… so I took the strips off.
After I took the they should last a week steri strips off.
I tried some different bandages. None of them worked for me. Finally I made my own.
A bit of gauze a brand new sock cut in half and a bit of vet wrap to hold it all in place. Vet Wrap is what I use to protect my thumb at carving. I have rolls of it in all colors…there is a human equivalent called Coban but the Vet Wrap works just as good and is less expensive. I will wrap it like this during the day and let it air dry at night.
I am finally the most comfortable I have been in a long time. I actually feel like doing something…and then I remember I am supposed to take it easy.