I'm now at the 6 week mark. I went yesterday for my follow-up, and my new instructions are that I am still to wear my hard splint at night and also when I'm up and being active, but that I can take it off when I'm just sitting around and not in danger of hurting myself.
I have an appointment set up for PT in on Tuesday, so we can discuss perhaps modifying my brace and activity/PT exercises at at that point. I was bummed to walk out of there in that brace, but happy to be able to sit around free of it sometimes!
I discussed with her (my doc's PA) my ongoing nerve type pain and swelling, and she thought all of this was normal at this point in the game....especially with the nerve being irritated from being moved during surgery, and probably staying irritated by being forced into the splint for so long. I can say that just being out of it what little time I have been has made a difference in how I feel. I think I'll make it!!
The splint really just doesn't feel good!!! It's so hard.
I cannot wait to start PT. I think that is going to help bunches. I really feel for all of the people on here who've had to be in a REAL cast for the five or six weeks of this, without any movement of the wrist at all...or any water hitting the arm, etc. I've been there with other surgeries, and this way.....the removable splint way...has been so much better! I was nervous when my doctor gave me the choice between the two...and I ALMOST went with a real cast, because I wasn't sure I could "trust" myself (as my surgeon put it). After the first two weeks of trying to shower in that surgical splint and the plastic bag, etc, though, my mind was made up!!!
I'll post again after PT on Tuesday.