Thought I’d update you on what I found out yesterday. Assuming the health insurance company agrees to help pay for it, the hand surgeon will begin with my right thumb and middle finger.
Right now he’s a month out in terms of surgery appointments so this won’t happen for a bit.
Living Alone & Having This Surgery:
Since I live alone, he will wait and then do the left thumb. Then we’ll re-evaluate. I need at least one hand to deal with the pets and feed myself, etc.
Frozen fingers (all eight of them) just cropped up in my life about 6-7 months ago. So this is all still new to me. I’ll have to make some changes in my life.
What Exactly Is Trigger Finger:
Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger.
Trigger finger generally results from inflammation within a tendon sheath, restricting tendon motion. Inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in each affected finger.
A bump (nodule) in the tendon also may form. Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone.
If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.
I will not be posting as frequently, most likely. I’ve got to rest my hands more. Taking care of Charlie and Ivy will be my predominant concern. And tending to my own needs of course.
Physical Therapy Afterwards:
He said I’d have to really work hard in physical therapy afterwards to get motion within my fingers. They’re so arthritic at this point, he said he doubted I’d ever get any real amount of flexion back or open my fingers fully.
Flexion is the act of flexing or bending.
At night I lie awake trying to find a comfortable way to hold my hands. And there really isn’t a way to do that. Who thinks they’ll ever have to worry how to hold their hands so they won’t hurt so they can sleep?
Worries About Kendra:
I’m afraid Kendra may be on her way to the same fate. She already has signs in her left thumb, and so I asked them about this. They said she probably would end up with my problems, which just makes me sick.
As a career as a realtor and flipping houses, she of course desperately needs the use of her fingers and hands. Really, what do we do that we don’t need those digits on both hands?
I told him I just wanted to mainly be able to use a spoon and fork and knife. That’s what it finally comes down to. Taking care of the basics.
So I’ll be stepping back a bit but will continue to keep you updated.