Monday, December 04, 2006

Handy dandy

I've been getting some emails about my surgery and the recurring theme is "what a crappy time for surgery". Last year I had to have a d&c just a couple of days before Christmas and this year I'm having the carpal tunnel surgery so I guess I'm getting used to it. I just can't wait for my arms & hands not to hurt anymore. Thanksgiving was tough as it was served buffet style and after adding just 1 item to my plate I couldn't hold my plate any longer with just one hand. I can't hold a magazine in one hand and flip through with the other. I'm losing strength and grip and I'm having trouble opening bottles and jars now. Talking on the phone is a painful activity unless I can go hands free or cradle the phone between my head and shoulder. I had wanted to knit a scarf and hat for a Christmas present but it hurts too much so I may have to put that off.
I have a week until my right hand surgery and I can't wait. I have so much to do in the next week- preparing my house for Christmas, wrapping presents (good thing I'm finished with my shopping), finishing my Christmas cards (I have a few left if you want to get on the list, just email me your address if I don't have it), taking the pugs' picture for the cards, unpacking some more boxes from the move. So much. I want to cook and freeze some meals since cooking with my left hand will be a challenge.
Now would be a good time to hire that personal assistant. I wonder if I could get one that would work for leftover Halloween candy?

7 comments:

foodiechickie said...

Can you wear any kind of brace to relieve the pressure? How long will recovery be and when you begin to be mobale.

Connie said...

Whew...if I were closer I would work for leftover Halloween candy. Nothing personal but glad I'm not closer because I would mow through it and then be crabbing about my jeans ;0)

Do what you can do and don't stress about it. The world isn't going to fall away if everything isn't decorated and doen just 'perfect'.

Shannon said...

I have braces I wear now. But they force your hand into certain positions so while wearing them I can't do anything.
Recovery- I'll be in bandages for about a week then my Dr said it will take about 3-4 weeks before I can really use my arm again.
You guys are so great- I really appreciate the concern! =)

Jessica said...

Hope all goes well. Oh, are you doing the BPOH Christmastime edition? Just wondering.

owens1299 said...

are you having both done? I know the right one first... but are they going to do the left one later? Some might think it is a bad time, but just think for the new year... you will have a "new" arm hehehehe... GL sweetie!

Lisanne said...

Gosh, that sounds rough. Isn't it such a busy season? Good luck with everything ... I hope that your surgery will go just fine. Hopefully you'll feel a LOT better afterward.

Michelle said...

I had a surgery last Christmas that I scheduled purposely because I thought it would be nice to be home recovering with all of the decorations up. Yeah, not so much. All I did was lay around in pain and stress about everything that needed to be done and couldn't do! Hope your recovery is easy peasy.