Posted 9/5/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks, Lindaloo! When you live alone like I do, you have to think ahead about how to get dressed, how you're going to cook, etc. because you can't be calling people over to help all the time. So I drive myself nuts planning in advance but most of the time it's been well worth it and made things easier for me. When I ask the doctors questions in advance of surgery, they all tell me don't worry, just wait and then you'll get instructions after the procedure about your limitations, etc. That doesn't help me prepare one iota! So if what I've thought through and used can help someone else, that's great.
Lynn - you're probably right that carpel tunnel surgery won't fix everything, like problems from arthritis, but if it's been accurately diagnosed as CTS the surgery should help. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll try to answer as best as I can recall! I should tell you after I had my left hand done I had to come home alone and take care of my cat, who one week before surgery suddenly got very sick and couldn't walk! Two days after my surgery I was picking my cat up from the vet, and he was bedridden (literally) so I had to feed him, clean him, and give him meds all keeping my left hand clean and dry. And I managed! Sometimes when I think back about it I don't know how, but you know everyone told me to put him down but in a couple of weeks he slowly started to walk again and I kept him for almost another year!