June 10th, 2013

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Surgery: Before, During and After (Except For the During Bit)

So the wednesday before last i went into work a little early, and then left very early, around 11:45, so i could get to the hospital for my surgery. I parked my car in the main garage and then walked around the hospital to the "surgery pavilion" in the back. I filled out a few more forms and then had 10-15 minutes to wait before they called me in.

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The anesthesiologist told me he was going to give me a little something to relax, "it'll be like having a couple of beers" he said. They started rolling the gurney along to wherever the surgery was going to take place and... that's the last thing i remember.

I'm not sure if the anesthesiologist was lying, or if whatever he gave me after the "little something to relax me" had some retrograde amnesia effect.

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So on thursday i went back to the orthopedist to get the bandage removed and my hand looked at. They also took some x-rays before doing the bandage removal to make sure everything looked fine. The x-rays looked rather interesting.

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Of course my wrist has even less mobility, but he didn't assign any wrist exercise, it would be kinda counter-productive to the instructions to wear a brace all the time except for when doing the finger exercises and showering. It seems like wrist mobility _ought_ to be easier to get back later than thumb mobility, but for the moment at least my wrist is a lot more immobile than my thumb and the wrist is where the actual damage was, so i'm not sure which i should be worried about more.

At this point my fingers and wrist are still slightly swollen. The palm of my hand looks somewhat deflated though. I guess i lost a lot of muscle mass there? =/ Between the swelling and the still mostly shaved hair my wrist looks rather odd, even from the top. And as someone who doesn't usually shave anything other than his face, i have to say it's really weird the difference in feeling between blowing on my upper forearm where the hair still is and blowing on the wrist which is practically bare. It's almost like i can't feel the air movement at all there.