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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Home again

So I had my surgery today on my wrist. Initially, we thought the pain came from a ganglion cyst ( I had one removed from my other wrist 15 years ago). Then an MRI confirmed a cyst, but not where the pain was, so the doctor then decided it was caused by a less common thing called a carpal boss. A carpal boss is basically a bony growth on the end a finger bone that usually causes no problems, but can rub on the tendons and collide with the carpal bones in that tight area, and cause inflammation. Of course, I get that kind, so that's what they took care of today. The doctor excised the bony growth, removed what on the MRI to be a cyst, but turned out to be inflamed tissue, and moved my thumb tendon over about an inch in the carpal sheath so as to have less "stuff" taking up the small space where the most inflammation was. It was more involved than planned, but hopefully was successful.
As a total blessing from God, they were able to do a local "block" so I did not need general anesthesia (although they still dope you up into a twilight state). My husband remarked that in terms of anesthesia recovery, I seemed better today than I did a week ago after the scope. I was literally up and walking within an hour post surgery.
Here's a funny: I'm allergic to shellfish, so they took it to the extreme and did not use Betadine to prep the skin. Instead they used some prep that has turned my skin greenish blue. My arm looks like a bizarre mix of the Incredible Hulk breeding with Smurfette :-). Oh, and I just have to wait for it to wear off. I can't wash that arm until my follow-up appt. on Monday AT THE EARLIEST, LOL.
Vicodin is my new best friend :-), and thus far it has not made me loopy, but don't laugh at me too much if I don't make sense, LOL.
Oh, sadly, yesterday our hamster peachy finally succumbed to her wet tail and died :-(.
More sadly, my friend Marie lost her grandmother Memere yesterday. Mem had a great active life, and I was lucky enough to know her. I know she will be missed.

until tomorrow,
obm
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4 comments:

Tiffany said...

I am so glad that the surgery went well. I was thinking of you all day yesterday.

Lisa said...

I'm glad you made it through so well! :)

5Gustos said...

I'm also glad you fared so well, even given the unexpected discovery. I was praying for you yesterday too.

crispy said...

Glad you are doing well. Don't even know how you are typing at all.