Enforced Rest

An hour ago I had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand.  When this heals, I'll have it done on my left hand.

Right now I'm typing with my left hand, hunt and peck style, with my tingly fingers and my thumb. who is not used to operating a space bar, is going half numb from the CTS and boredom.

My right hand is swathed in a festive white and gold bandage. My fingers are still numb from the surgery, and I know that when the numbness wears off there will probably be pain, but I'd rather have the pain.  I've had enough numbness, thank you.

I'd put off doing anything about my hands. I adapted. I worked through it. I sucked it up. I stopped doing the things that aggravated it. Like decorating cakes. And cookies. And that worked. Until a couple of months ago when suddenly it just got worse. Worse to the point where I just wanted to cry from frustration and sucking it up.  

I work as a cook.  Its a good fit. I like what I do, but more than that, I love the people I work with. They have been there for me through the deaths of both my parents and the smaller things in between. They are family. They are always there for me. And my boss is the one who pushed me hardest to have this surgery. I will be out of work during our busy Christmas season, but that is okay.  My job right now is to "relax and heal."

It's an incredible feeling, to be ordered to take care of myself.


My sister and my niece brought me to and from surgery, which made it fun, and we drove to Dunkin Donuts immediately after so I could finally have a cup of coffee, which has made the numb fingers bearable.

Anyway, I will be out of work for a while, so I figured this was a good time to get back in the habit of posting on a regular basis, even if its just to give you updates about my hands.

Plus, I can't crochet one-handed.


2 thoughts on “Enforced Rest

  1. I’m so terribly sorry that you have to endure this but I guess now is as good as later. We’ll all pray for your quick recovery through both surgeries.

  2. I’ve had both done, too — totally worth the temporary discomfort. I haven’t had a recurrence at all in the 15+ years since having them done. Don’t feel bad about playing it up, too; make everybody do stuff for you, even if you think you can do it yourself. It’s better for you, and it helps remind everyone what you do every day. [wink]

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