Posted by Dory @ Lucky Dorito on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted anything here. It’s not for lack of desire, believe me….more from lack of ability. Some of you are already aware of the wrist problem I’ve been having for many months. After much pain, I finally visited the doctor. An MRI revealed a torn TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex) in my wrist. This is a triangular shaped ligament that sits between the wrist bones and the ulna and radius. It was torn away from my ulna – and had evidently been like that for a while, which allowed my ulna to migrate forward, toward my hand. Because of this, as I worked, typed, cooked, crocheted, or carried around my camera…the ulna was banging against the wrist bones – causing excruciating pain.
The decision was made that I needed surgical intervention. Of course, as a dental hygienist, I book patients at 6 month intervals so in order for me to be off work for the recovery period, I had to find fill-in hygienists to cover my patient load. Long story short, although I found out at the first of February that I needed surgery, I had to schedule it for July 3rd.
Over the last few months of work, I had to wear a brace to restrict wrist movement. By the end of each day, I was spending lots of time wrapping my wrist in ice and taking NSAIDS on a regular basis. After much thought and prayer, I had to come to the ultimate decision to eliminate all non-essential wrist activity. Therefore, no crocheting. (although I’ve looked longingly at my yarn stash a million times!) No photography. (which I miss SO much!) And…no blogging (which was the hardest of all!!)
But now, I’m in the recovery phase!! Surgery was 2 weeks ago today – and although I am typing with my left hand only, as my cast will be on for much longer….I just had to say Hi!!
In order to create enough space to repair the torn TFCC, I had an ulnar shortening. Which means he sawed my bone in half and removed a piece – and then placed a metal plate and 7 screws to hold it together until it heals.