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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Okay.  I'm still dealing with the carpal tunnel surgery.  It's really surprising how many things take BOTH hands to accomplish -- or at least make easier.  I've been doing fairly well but it's been frustrating to me to actually have time to work on designing or sewing -- and I can't do either one!  I've been using my left hand to run the mouse (and I'm getting better at it!) but everything takes SOOOOO much longer and I don't have the patience for that.  When I'm designing I need to get my ideas down in a hurry -- before I foget!!  Left-handed "mousing" just doesn't cut it!  Sewing blocks would work just fine but I don't have anything for my new design cut out and I can't use a rotary cutter or scissors yet.  Once again -- frustrating!  I"VE GOT STUFF TO DO AND I WANT TO DO IT!  Okay.  I'm better now -- maybe.......!

For any of you contemplating CT surgery -- got for it!  I had very little pain after the surgery; far less than I expected and certainly less than I've been putting up with for the past few months!  My hand and wrist already feel better even though I'm still restricted to no lifting with my hand and they haven't removed the stitches yet.  So -- I'm hoping that in a couple more weeks I'll be back to normal again.

For those of you who want to see the icky stuff I've included a couple of photos.  One with the cast they put on after surgery (which came off a few days ago) and another of the stitches (which come out tomorrow).  BYW:  The purple stuff you see around the wound is the marker that the surgeon used.  I think I'm going to have to use Goo-Gone to get it off! 


I didn't much care for his stitching.............  Honestly!   But I guess that's not the point! 


  1. After you've recovered you'll have to offer to give him a stitching lesson! Glad you are doing well. I'm sure it's a relief to be more or less pain free. But I do identify with the frustration of not being able to do stuff. Soon!

  2. It is hard to wait for that healing so you can get back to your normal routine. I am starting to sew a little after my shoulder surgery in Jan. but can't do it for long without rest periods. It is a good incentive for me to do my PT exercises so I can get to stitching.

    I am a left hander that learned to use the mouse with my right hand years ago as most of my family is right handed. After my surgery on my right arm I had to use the left hand so have a second mouse with the buttons set for left hand use. Even though I am left handed it took me a while to learn to use it but now switch back and forth between hands. Keep using it and you will get better the more you practice. What is funny is when someone else tries to use my "lefty" mouse with their right hand and thinks something is wrong with our computer.