Thursday, March 19, 2015


Went and saw the surgeon yesterday. I've had 4 injections and no long term relief. I am now booked in for surgery. WARNING -- GRAPHIC VIDEO ... skip over if you don't want to see it.

I am still doing what I can with quilting! I go to a retreat next week and will take it as easy as I can. The surgery will result in "no more pain!" which I am very happy about. I have not been able to do any hand stitching without pain. It's apparently a simple two-hour surgery, Day Surgery that is, and I'll be able to come home.

The waiting list is about 3-4 months, or they will put me in on a cancellation. I am quite excited about it and am so happy that they can do a "fix" that will result in no continued disability. I'm still quilting with my splint, but of course it is very short lived. Maybe a block or two and then I have to pack it in for a day! Forget about cutting -- thank heavens I have my Accuquilt - but you know it's not the be all end all to what I need. I have done cutting a little bit at a time so I don't over-tax my hand. I'm typing all day, so by the end of the day, I really don't do too much when it comes to my quilting -- BUT every little bit counts and may look like a LOT -- reality, it's just a bit at a time!

You'd all laugh. I brought in one of my hexagon flowers to him yesterday:

 I told him how I had to press down the edges.

Then I showed him how I had to hold them together  and whip-stitch them together.
I asked him,
 "After this surgery, will I be able to do this?" 
Chef looked at me,and then asked more questions about the surgery - God Bless him!
-- before the surgeon answered Chef the surgeon looked at me and said, "Absolutely!" 
That's all I needed to hear!

So if anyone out there has had this surgery - I would love to hear from  you! The good, the bad, the ugly. 

Happy Quilting all!


Anonymous said...

For me, the surgery was not too bad at all. Only 24 hours of pain medication then I got by with ibuprofen. The recovery time was a little aggravating but the result is I can cut, piece and applique with full mobility again. I do use one of the quilt ruler cutters as much as possible because too much use of a rotary cutter will lead too some pain the next day. My surgeon did not put me in a cast after the bandages came off in 10 days, instead using a removable splint. The velcro on the splint grabbed my clothes until i took one of my husbands socks, cut off the foot part and slipped the tube over the splint. I figured out how to do some sewing at the machine to keep me occupied. Good luck.

Margo said...

Thanks for your comments. Makes me feel a bit better. I'm terrified of the nerve block - but I have to get mobility! I have not been able to do any sewing for longer than 10 minutes, then my hand is sore for days. The tip about your husbands sock is brilliant! I cannot tell you how many tops I've ruined with my splint and the velcro catching on them! Here comes a fix for that! Little one will be updating everyone after my surgery. Only one more week!