Monday, May 05, 2008

Injury Report

I want to thank you all for your kind notes regarding my injury. It's very heartening to know so many people are thinking about me. I'm also pleased that you have been so accepting of my little txtmssg notes that I have been leaving at your blogs. I was so happy to have your blogs to read after the surgery when anything more was too much activity. I wanted to respond even though typing was trying. (Still is.)

I have done very little stitching. When the injury was numb, fresh after the surgery, I managed to do a little work--I did have to pop the project into the q-snaps, but otherwise no problems stitching those two lengths of floss. Since the numbing medicine wore off (3 a.m. Saturday), I have had to stitch with my left hand. This has slowed me considerably. Everything has been moving slower. As with any injury or handicap, you (eventually) find ways to adapt, but you have to settle for working longer or harder for it. Typing, for instance. I have trouble with "ik," and can't hit u, i, or o with accuracy so I've been much slower of late. Still beats handwriting, which is just ridiculous...and people keep asking me to sign things.

I saw the doctor today and he tortured me removed the bandages to have a look. He said it all looks very good. The resident thought things were very promising for not having the second graft. 50-50 he said. He must be a giant pessimist, because 50-50 doesn't sound that great to me. Everyone--the surgeon, the resident, the fellow--said it looked good. The fellow taught me how to re-dress the wound, since I will have to do it daily. She thought it might be a good idea for me to look at it, so I finally have. It wasn't as nausea-inducing as I feared. It does look better than my foot did when the podiatrist told me that it looked great.



Thanks again for all your good wishes. Although my recovery will take a few months, I'll try not to abandon the blog. Keep writing because my stitching thrills will be coming vicariously for a while.

14 comments:

Kathryn said...

More good wishes for you. And some helpings of patience, since I know waiting for things to heal seems the slowest time in the world. Stitching and typing will be there when you are ready to get back to them.

Diane said...

Sorry to read about your injury - a bit late. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. What a drag that it was your stiching hand - although it makes sense that it would be your dominant hand, doesn't it? I sure wouldn't want to attempt to use a mandoline with my NONdominant hand! Something like - oh - what happened to you - would surely occur. I think I'll shut up now....

Miriam said...

I probably would've passed out from viewing any injury. Will miss your comments, but for pete's sake don't type if you don't have to!

C in DC said...

Glad everything is looking "good" so far. Wishing you a speedy, full recovery.

Michele said...

wow Anna, look what happens when I miss reading your blog for a couple of days! I am so sorry to hear about the surgery. Sounds like the surgery did go well and even slow stitching is better than no stitching.

Brave Astronaut said...

I managed to miss most of this. Best Pal mentioned it to me. Then she was reminded of those earlier trips to BM Hospital.

Look at it this way, your finger prints will never be the same.

Feel better.

Michelle said...

I'm glad everything looks like it's going to be ok and heal well. What a sucky thing to happen. I hope that your speed increases as you heal and you can get back to your semblance of normal.

staci said...

Sending you lots of thoughts and {{hugs}} and hoping for a speedy recovery!!!

doahleigh said...

I can't believe all this from a cooking incident. Yeah, just another reason I don't cook. Or so I say.

Redwitch said...

Hope it heals quickly!

There was a US news item reported over here recently about some sort of miracle powder that has been used to re-grow a finger, I watched from behind a cushion, it just looked so wrong and it wasn't even April 1st. Hang on a sec, here goes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7354458.stm

Sharon said...

Glad to hear things are looking well! Hoping your recovery will be speedy-though with the way this year is flying you will be stitching and typing in no time! Take care!

Lelia said...

Thx for posting an update. 50-50 does sound like a challenge. All else is positive - take care with bandage changes. Don't need an infection at this point.

Enjoy reading, writing, blogging, or stitching : )

Coral said...

Good luck, it all sounds awful - poor you! I hope they have given you lots of lovely pain killers!

xxxx

Barbara said...

Don't you DARE abandon your blog! Get the Dude to take dictation!