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Post  dixie 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 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 12/19/2011, 9:01 pm

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

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

Dixie, Never take your opposing thumb for granted WARNING: long post 966236

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.

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Post  plantoid 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 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 12/20/2011, 8:38 pm

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