Surgery

On August 20th I am having surgery on my hands. I am not looking forward to it at all. Until I went to see the Dr. for what I thought was going to be a simple carpal tunnel surgery answer I never knew there was such a thing as thumb joint replacement. I knew of knees being replaced as well as shoulders and hips, but thumb joints?

I got the news that both my thumb joints, the joint where your thumb meets the hand bones, have to be replaced. I am having carpal tunnel problems and that will be fixed to, but the thumbs are an intricate surgery that will mean not being able to move my thumb at all for a month, then a month of therapy. Then repeat on other hand.

How will I get along one handed? What about the things I do with my animals and granddaughter? What about sewing? Dishes? Showering? Doing my hair?  I had rotator cuff surgery and was shoulder-less for some time as it froze up on top of it, but still had hands. Now I will be without a hand.

I am trying to look at it as a learning experience and to get a sense of what people have to go through when they have to live like that the rest of their livs. However, if does not make it any more enjoyable to face.

I have been thinking of how it will all play out. My husband is taking off a week to help me, but then what?

As these thoughts go through my mind I am realizing how thankful I am that there is something that can be done. If I did not have this surgery in a few years I would not have the use of my thumbs at all. Imagine that! A month does not seem so long after all. Thank you Lord for what you have given to our Doctors so they can perform “miracles” like this one.