My thumb surgery was this past Friday and seems to be a success, at least what I can tell of it.  Obviously there isn’t much to be seen as my wrist, thumb, and 2 fingers are bandaged up and immobilized.  There is a hard cast that is supporting my palm and wrist and is keeping my stitched-back-together thumb tendon in one place.  Thanks to the surgeon and the pain drugs I’ve been taking, I’m sure I’m on the road to recovery.  In the meantime I’m trying to do things with my left hand — a true exercise in patience and creativity.  Hopefully I will get the cast removed later this week and start physical therapy on my thumb to get it back and functioning before summer and the Minnesota fishing opener!  Until then I’ll be content to curl up with a good book and rely on my wonderful friends for their help and support.

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Those of you following my blog will remember that I sprained my wrist eight weeks ago while attending the US Pond Hockey Championships.  And being my dominant hand it’s been an exercise in patience, of which I sometimes haven’t had a lot of.  But what was originally diagnosed as a sprain has since proved to have been a break.  A few weeks ago I found out that I had broken one of the bones in my right arm below the wrist, the ulna.  Good news was that the break was healing.  Bad news was that my thumb wasn’t working right.  If you look at the photo, the thumb on the left is giving a good “thumbs-up” whereas the thumb on the right is unable to flex up and back.  (For you photographers, yes, I did flip the photo.  It is my right thumb that is the problem thumb.)  I could use my left hand and pull my right thumb back without any problems, but I could not get the muscles and tendons to do it on its own.  After multiple doctor visits, I was informed that I have a ruptured tendon in my thumb as a result of the break in my arm.  No amount of physical therapy will be of any help — the only solution is surgery.  I’ve since learned that we have one tendon in our thumb, however we have two tendons in each of our fingers (although we really only need one).  The surgery to repair my thumb, called an EIP to ELP tendon transfer, involves taking one of the tendons from the finger and moving it over to replace the ruptured tendon of my thumb.   So this coming Friday I’m scheduled to have my thumb repaired.  Hopefully in about six weeks I’ll be able to give a 2-thumbs-up and have it really work right!