I thought I would drop in and let you know that on Monday, 7th July 2016, I had the knuckles replaced on my left hand.
I was awake for the duration of the operation which took 2 hours 20 minutes. Normally it takes 90 minutes and as a consequence of the length of time taken, the tourniquet on my arm became more and more painful. The pressure on it was released slightly just before the implants were inserted so I was able to bear the last part of the operation .....just, with silent tears filling my ears! :cry:
I am now in plaster and will have this removed this Thursday on 14th July. Then I will have a splint made for me which, I understand, I will have to wear for a further four weeks.
My pain control is good and I'm taking oral morphine in liquid form along with paracetamol and naproxen.
As I can only use my left hand to feed myself, due to my right elbow being fused, I am suffering the frustration of having to be fed, my teeth cleaned, hair brushed, nose wiped etc, etc. My first morning at home from hospital I did burst into angry, frustrated tears only to realise, mid-flow, that I was unable to dry my soggy face! (That will teach me to be a drama queen!) Mr Legs is also reaching the end of his tether and we both are looking forward to Thursday.
Anyway, this is for those who may be faced with the same operation sometime in the future.
Love, Legs x