Friday, October 19, 2012
Well, that was fun
It’s been a little over 3 weeks since my
hand surgery. While it thankfully wasn’t
near as painful as the physician’s assistant who did my pre-op appointment told
me it would be, it wasn’t exactly pleasant either.
The healing is typically slower than I’d
like, yet the limb no longer looks “gross” as both my husband and grandsons
insisted. The extreme bruising is about
80% gone and the scar is looking much less raw and open. So all this is a good thing.
Last week I started occupational
therapy. It took over an hour and I left
with a customized splint to wear at night and a couple of sheets of exercises,
as well as a “recipe” to make myself a rice heating bag.
Like the trouper I am-I did it all, every
hour on the hour, I gave my scar a massage and 5 times a day I’d do the
exercises-plus the 2 heat treatments.
After 2 days I was sore and my “bad” shoulder hurt from all the
massaging and stretching.
Then came appointment #2. The OT took one look and put a heating pad on
my shoulder and another on my hand.
Thankfully, she was duly impressed with what I accomplished in the week
since we first met. This week, because
of my shoulder, I was told to tone down the times per day, concentrate on the
massage and she adapted the split to fit my less swollen hand. She added a little piece to it to help the
scar be “self-massaged” since the shoulder pain was turning me green and giving
me a headache.
Since last week, our house is officially
off the market, the inspection behind us and the appraisal as well. I’ve had 3 moving companies come out to
estimate the cost of the move. I’ve also
called all the utilities and given them a closing date-November 16th.
After we got the estimates and had our
minor coronaries, Steve and I decided to rent a truck, hire either my nephew or
one of his friends to help load and the same men who are helping our son, come
and help us as well. My sister has
volunteered to help me drive out there with Pepper. I’ll fly her home the next day.
My goal was to be in Arizona by November 1st-I’ll
be there, but just for Halloween and back on the weekend. While I’m there and
Pepper is at the Pet Hotel, the house will get the required tenting.
It’s working out fairly well at the
moment-seems I’ll be in my new home just in time to celebrate my birthday.
Not a bad way to start my 55th