Monday, September 19, 2011

Living life single handedly....

It has been just over 4 weeks since I cut my finger and severed 2 tendons. This coming Wednesday will be 4 weeks post surgery....That is the date that every small milestone will be counted from (see calendar above). I have been doing physical therapy since 2 days after surgery and last Friday (3 1/2 weeks post surgery) I was able to try and engage my tendons...Lets just say it was a very... very... small movement and I realize that I have a long road ahead.
It has been very challenging to only have the use of my right hand, there are so many things that require 2! These things are not possible with one hand...
Tying my shoes, putting my hair in a pony tail, flossing my teeth etc.
Some things are possible just harder and slower...typing, driving, writing letters etc.
I have not been cleared for any physical activity besides walking and mild hiking...Not even running....It's been hard to slow down.
There are so many lessons that I am learning from this experience, it has been extremely humbling to say the least. I will talk more about the lessons I am learning in a separate post.

Here are a few photos of the stitches...

Stitches removed...

Post skin and scab peel...


  1. Oh my gosh I have been away from the blog world for far too long! I just caught up on things and WOW. That stinks to not be able to use your other hand. I broke my wrist once and had limited use of the hand for a while but it wasn't that long before I had both hands again. I can't imagine having to do all the stuff you're doing to care for your hand. I hope you continue to recover and get better though. I think about you often and always hope you're doing well. HUGS!

  2. It must be challenging and frustrating, but knowing your attitude - you are making the best of it! I pray it's a lot better real soon!! BTW, you probably already know this but you can buy flossing sticks (kind of like a toothpick with floss on the end). You can work them with one hand. Have a blessed day!

  3. I cannot imagine what life would be like without my two hands. Your fingers look like they are healing well. I am still continuing to wish you a speedy recovery because you need your other hand to do things with.