So, my doctors have declared that the nerve in my right hand is being strangled to death and needs to be saved before it dies completely and the muscle that controls my thumb goes too. I had a nerve test in November, called an EMG, and apparently that nerve did not respond at all--to electrical stimulation or needle probing or whatever they were doing to it. I put off surgery during the holidays--there was just too much to do and I wanted to enjoy Christmas. So now my surgery is scheduled for January 19th. I got official medical approval to have the surgery today from my primary doc. Yay, I'm healthy enough for anesthesia. Blech.
I have heard a mix of things about surgery and lately mostly good. In fact today my doctor told me one of her staff had the surgery done and was back to crocheting within two weeks. This makes me feel a bit better. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have full use of my right hand. Besides the obvious of knitting, I like writing, calligraphy, and lots of other crafty-type things that need my hand! And of course my biggest worry is my toddler. According to one doctor, I'll need help for him for at least four days. Another doctor said a couple of days, a nurse said a couple of weeks. Not being able to carry Andrew is a big concern for me, as he is quite attached to his mama. Thankfully Chris has a great employer who is allowing him to work from home for a week. He'll be able to lift and carry the toddler, change diapers, bathe, feed, and basically do my job in addition to his! (Thanks!!) I'll be able to play and read to him. After the first week I am relying on Grandpop and friends to come over to play. I am hoping I'll be ok to drive after a few days. I've heard the recovery time is quite painful. I've survived root canal treatments without novacaine or pain killers, as well as 36 hours of labor and childbirth, so I am hoping that the pain isn't worse than either of those experiences.
Since I won't be doing much knitting or writing for a few weeks, I have dug out a pile of books that are just waiting to be devoured. I have a new ipod, thanks to Chris, loaded up with music. I think my down time will be filled nicely with reading. Plus there are some good tv shows coming back on in January, I think (Lost, Nip/tuck.) That should keep me busy!
I was having a lot of nightmares about this whole thing until I had a massage and reiki session last weekend. It was amazing how I felt calmer immediately after. It's not that I am not worried anymore, but the worry isn't obsessive anymore and I am sleeping better. I have another healing session scheduled for the day before the surgery so that I go into the procedure in the right frame of mind (a positive one that promotes speedy healing.)
I'm thinking about writing a few posts prior to surgery and having them posted while I am recovering. If only I could think of some interesting topics to write about!