you know, that's funny you mention the wheat bags. in september i was in the hospital for a week & a physician came in to check on me, i had my heating pad...and he yelled at me well, not yelled at me...but wasn't happy as to i might set the place on fire.
i get a tube sock, fill it with slow cook brown rice, add a pinch of water, and microwave this rice sock & use it as a heating pad. funny stuff.
nonetheless...I HID MY HEATING PAD the entire length of stay.
you take good care, talk to you soon!
Good luck Allison, keep us posted on your progress.
I had my right thumb fused last Feb. And my left one i just had it done Nov. 1st when I had my right thumb fused I also had joint replacement on my pointer finger, middle finger and my pinky. I am getting along pretty good. This last surgery I also had joint replacenment on my pointer finger.
First let me tell you I am 60 and have RA since 2001 It has been tough and painfull. It has destroyed my knuckle joints. That is why I had surgery. I was not in a cast I had a hand splint during the day then changed it at night to another hand splint when I went to bed holding my fingers straight and a hard protected cover for my thumb for about 3 months. They had to do my pinky over in May cause it dislocated. My thumb healed good I have no pain in it. I went to therapy for 3 months. After the hand splint was taken off I started to use my hand. It has been 9 mths my thumb is great but I still dont have the strength in my hand but it took me 5 mths to be able to use a curling iron. If I had only fused my thumb it would have only been 3 mths. recovery. They can only do 1 thumb at a time. I was off work for 2 1/2 weeks. I do office work so I was lucky there. Using the computer with one hand was not as bad as I thought it would be.At least now I dont have the Ra pain like before. Good luck to you. Keep me informed.
I forgot to mention that I had my surgery about 10:00 Am Nov. 1st was home by 2:00 pm seeing it was only fusing my thumb and one joint replacement. I took pain medication till Fri. am. Since then I havent had any at all. I go and see the doctor Monday. The bandage that I have on now should come off then and then the hand splints come on and of course therapy. Stitches should come out in 1 week. Right now I have no pain at all just the first couple of days it was very painful.
How have you been? Haven't heard from you. Hope you are feeling ok.
I am doing fine. I had therapy this morning. I just hope I can get this splint off in another month and a half. How have you been? You said your surgery is Nov 30th. What time? What did your doctor say about recovery time? Will you have to go to therapy? Doctors are different I know a lady that her joints replaced and they put a cast on her and no the therapy. I have a dynamic splint and therapy. Have a nice thanksgiving and hope to hear from you soon.
I had therapy to day and all they is try to get my new joint moving nothing with the thumb. The dynamic splint goes up my up to about 4" below my elbow and it has a sling holding my new joint straight and it also covers my fused thumb so I dont move or bend it. Kinda hard to explain what it looks like pretty weird looking.
You have a nice thanksgiving. Hope to hear from before your surgery.
Can't cross my fingers for you, lol, but best wishes to you with your surgery!