I did have a nerve block and that was a little scary, kept thinking the what if's...... but it was okay and like I said, no pain whatsoever, but I think I am the exception to that... most people I've talked with do have some discomfort the first couple days.
I could not and still really can't make a fist with my hand yet. But having it in a splint all the time keeps it stiff. My thumb is moving but is still pretty tight so no fist!!
I know it's worrisome having this done and being alone, but after my arm woke up, I was pretty self sufficient. You learn. I wore elastic waist pants for awhile, learned to do my bra in the front with my fingers, then turn it around, held the hairdryer again with my fingers, it takes more time to do things, but they can be done. You will have your fingers to use, just can't put any weight on them, but I did lift even, just with my forearm.
There's always so much to do. And you know something, it will wait!! You sound like me, I can have surgery if my house is all cleaned, if the yard is done, if everything else is in place, but we have to realize we deserve to feel better so that we can do the yard and house and feel better about doing it. It's not going anywhere and you won't be laid up in bed for six weeks, you can move and when your thumb is feeling better after the first week or so, you can get out and do a few things. You'd be surprised what you can do with your other hand when you have to. It's funny you mention you don't want to impose. I didn't either, but people naturally come to your rally. I went to Coscto the week after surgery. Was putting my items on the belt at the checkstand and the cashier told me he'd do!! Then I went to go to my car and another staff member told me to get my car and he'd load the groceries. I was thinking that was nice!!! I've had to learn also that by not allowing others to do for me, I've taken away from them. I'm the doer and I get blessed doing. If we won't allow others in to help once in awhile, we've robbed them of the very thing we want. So........have your surgery, allow your friends and family to help and you will all be blessed.