One piece at a time.

Today is super hot. I didn’t spend much time outside. But, on the way to other places,  I didn’t melt going from the car to the door, which would’ve happened in the past. I helped my son pack to move in his not air conditioned apartment. His apartment doesn’t have sunlight beaming into it, so not to bad and I did need a fan to ensure that I stayed cool. Overheating is not something I will test when I need to be productive. On the whole, I feel like a million bucks. I was scheduled to exercise this morning (I am rigid with my schedules), but made the decision to cancel and slept till 9 am! I am up every morning around 5/6 am. Obviously, I needed the sleep. Then my son called to visit, which turned into packing at his house. Glad I didn’t go exercise. Got to visit with the grandson:

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A Corgi named Watson

I am going to the gym Wednesday morning, a day early, whereas Thursday is my carpal tunnel surgery. After which, I will need to get creative with my exercise, can’t swim, can’t lift weights. The two things I do. I can still stretch and I can spot train with the weights. I will need to walk without my cane. The incision will be in the palm of my hand, so, not an option. This will cause a first for me to go out without the cane. I will document how that goes. Healing won’t be as bad as many said, I was told by others, that while healing, I wouldn’t have the use of my hand at all. But, the surgeon said, I can use my hand, but won’t be able to lift weight, or do repetitive things and to not put it anywhere where it can become contaminated, like a pool. The surgeon said while I definitely have carpal tunnel, he said, that I also have secondary damage not typical of carpal tunnel, something neurological. He said that most people have a turn around of 90%, however, in my case, it may be more like 60%. He explained that what is left after the surgery will be MS or the stenosis in my neck. I’ve been hearing that for years. Before my second spinal fusion, that surgeon said that after surgery and healing, “Whatever is left is MS”. The ongoing story of my confusing neurological illnesses. It will be interesting to see what will be left and a real relief to finally get the pressure off my hands, even if it won’t be 90%. I’ll take the 60%. Normal recovery for this surgery is two weeks, not bad. Then I get to do it again with the other wrist. After which, I can start rehabilitation for my left drop foot. I am being put back together, piece by piece by piece.

 

Bonne Sante

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