Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Take Two

Yesterday, exactly a week after my last carpal tunnel surgery, I had my second carpal tunnel surgery. While surgery in general is not fun, surgery with a terrible migraine is much, much worse. If I could remember who the anesthesiologist was who made my headache go away, I would propose to the man. One of the rules about surgery is that you're not allowed to drink any water for several hours leading up to the surgery. Unfortunately, for amphibious people like me, that's an instant recipe for a killer migraine. But the nice man made it go away.

I am learning that life with one hand is doable, sometimes. For your edification I have come up with the following lists:

1)   Things that are possible to do with one hand:
a.    Making monster flowers.
b.   Watching nature documentaries.
c.    Making instant coffee/hot chocolate/etc.
d.   Eating protein bars.
e.    Using voice dictation software.
f.      Drinking milkshakes that a coworker kindly brings over.
2)    Things that are difficult but possible to do with one hand:
a.     Getting mail that includes a lot of boxes (this is very difficult).
b.   Taking out the garbage.
c.     Opening medicine bottles. At one point, I kid you not, I had a hammer out.
3)    Things that are not possible to do with one hand:
a.     Taking out the recycling, which comes in a big blue, unwieldy box.
b.    Opening juice/smoothie twist cap bottles. For this one you can’t use a hammer.
c.     Pretty much everything else.

 Needless to say, I’m glad they took the stitch out of my first hand, and I eagerly await the day when they do the same for my second. All that being said, I have already felt relief from the surgeries. My fingers are not going not nearly as much, and my hands and wrists hurt a lot less, all the bruising notwithstanding.


  1. My thanks to all who've looked out for you, and I am SO glad those surgeries are done and already helping. And the Benlysta, too.

  2. Yippee! So happy to learn the second surgiery is done and that you are already feeling better. I've been temporarily one-handed a few times and it is quite a challenge to do some of the simplest things. May the pain and bruising subside quickly, and the Benlysta continue to help.

  3. Glad to hear things are going well!

    I'd be interested to see a review of the voice dictation software you're using when you get the chance.

    1. That's a fabulous idea, thank you! I'll totally do one soon.