Dear All, thanks for the input and information. I really appreciate the experiences of others, so I can determine what to expect after the surgery. Can anyone tell me how long the recovery process is after the joint fusion? I was informed by my P/T that I will be immobilized even longer this time. Grayone, I can't even imagine using my hand(s) consistently at this point. Even w/household chores, I have to stop and rest because of the fatigue. However, I did find a couple of products to help me out, one is the Black and Decker Power Scrubber (Big Lots, $8.00), which works great, the Gizmo can opener, and lid popper (for jars). Unfortunately, I have not gained much strength back in my hand, so it's very distressing not being able to perform simple common tasks.
Thanks again, everyone!