Surgery and Recovery
It’s been six days since the surgeon opened up my hand to try to restore movement to the pinky. At that point, the Dupuytren’s contracture had progressed to where I only had about 30° of movement. (Click the link for a lovely photo.)
This was causing trouble with things like reaching into a pocket or putting on a glove. It was also messing with my typing. When I finally met with the surgeon, he said I should have come in before it got to this point. Earlier on in the progression, they can do less invasive procedures to help. At this point, there wasn’t much to try except for surgery.
The surgeon said things went pretty well. He was able to get the fingers pretty much straight, though they may not stay perfectly straight as they heal. I was bandaged up and put in a splint to try to hold the finger straight as much as possible.
I went back after two days, so he could remove the initial splint and take a look. He also removed the drains, the little plastic straw-like things. This was around the point that I went into shock for a few minutes. Felt like I was going to throw up, broke out in sweat. Fun stuff!
Once I recovered, I got my first real look at the incision and stitches. Just in time for Halloween season. We switched to a remoldable splint that I could take off to do stretches and therapy.
I go in on Wednesday to get half the stitches out. Eventually we will start cutting back on how much I have to wear the splint. I’ll probably have it on for overnight for a while yet, though. Everything seems to be healing fairly well so far. He doesn’t think I’ll get full movement back, but I’m pushing to get as close as possible.
I am able to drive and do most things I need to do, but not everything. I’m doing this blog post on my phone using voice dictation, which is a pain. And I really want to be able to start typing and working on book stuff. I’ve also had to stop most of my exercise routine for now.
Mostly, I’m just bored and frustrated and ready to be doing stuff again. It’s giving me a lot more sympathy for how frustrated Amy used to get when she was recovering from her knee surgeries.
The worst part? I was all ready to tell people I had a lightning bolt scar because I stopped a killing curse with my bare hand. But with everything JK Rowling has been going on about lately, I really don’t feel like doing a lot of Harry Potter references. Any other suggestions for good lightning bolt scar stories?
October 18, 2020 @ 2:29 pm
Obviously you grabbed Zeus’s lightning bolts without permission. Why would you do that?
Hope it heals up flexibly and quickly!
October 18, 2020 @ 2:43 pm
It proves you are the true-born son of Zeus/Thor/lightning-related deity of your choice. Alternatively, you captured a lightning demon in your hand; the scar proves it’s still in there and hasn’t escaped.
I don’t blame you for going faint at the sight and removal of those drain things; those are pretty gnarly. Fingers crossed (heh) for you to recover fast and well.
October 18, 2020 @ 2:46 pm
Claim you’re experimenting with retropalmistry. If the lines on your hand are meant to predict your life, maybe adding a lighting line will give you super powers.
Jim C. Hines
October 18, 2020 @ 2:47 pm
Loving the suggestions! 😀
October 18, 2020 @ 2:51 pm
Your new hobby is chainsaw carving and you were a little over enthusiastic.
October 18, 2020 @ 3:36 pm
Grout my goblin friend up here wants to know, “Why is friend Jim craving chainsaws!”
Also, “Does not friend Jim know not to keep hands away from sparky end of lightning dragon?” This was accompanied by much fussing and shaking of ears. So I believe he is mildly concerned about the future of more goblins related stories. I am thinking a long talk and a raid of the Halloween candy is in order.
From Tab and I , Get well soon and hopefully we can resume our youtube visits with the rest of the clan.
October 18, 2020 @ 4:22 pm
Good lightning bolt scar stories:
“There I was, in an alley in the disputed area between the Crips and the Bloods. I’d made the mistake of wearing a red shirt and blue pants, thereby wearing the colors of both gangs. Suddenly, I was surrounded by angry, machete-wielding… But you don’t want to hear all that boring stuff. Suffice it to say that that particular alley will never be disputed territory again.”
What? Why are you looking at me like that?
James P Kilbride
October 18, 2020 @ 4:31 pm
What about going the techie side, “My hand is now connected to the human cloud and the network connection is through the pinky. My writing comes from pulling down collective stories from the cloud.” Then hold your pinky up, look thoughtful, “Ahh that’s a good story right there.”
Denise M Beucler
October 18, 2020 @ 4:43 pm
I mean the Firelord tried to kill you, but you redirected the lightning… that’s obviously what happened. Happy healing.
October 18, 2020 @ 5:02 pm
You gotta be careful about giving Thor a high five.
October 22, 2020 @ 7:47 pm
Awesome mask and hope the healing is quick. Fantastic mask! As for stories tried to steal a PupTart from an elf! (Magic Bread! and Jam inside! Have become frequent exclamations in our house since reading Tamora Carter Goblin Queen to our 9 year old)
Bit by a lightning spider
Accidentally reached into a book about thunderstorms
Your dad isn’t as good with a lightsaber as Vader is.
October 31, 2020 @ 9:19 am
Perhaps you can go as the six-fingered man in hiding from Inigo Montoya?
Hope your hand feels better!
November 1, 2020 @ 8:47 pm
Ben Franklin reenactment gone horribly, horribly, wrong.
November 1, 2020 @ 8:50 pm
Thanks for posting about this, my brother has it and gets jabbed by needles periodically for it.