Friday, February 12, 2010

He's doing better

 
We've had a long week.  Thanks to all of you who have sent me emails.  I truly appreciate your kind words, good thoughts and prayers.  My DH was very, very fortunate!  He still has his thumb, and it is looking good for him to regain most or all function of his thumb and hand.  Please know how deeply grateful he and I both are.  Having said that... it's been a very long week.  He is trying to do as much as he can for himself, but life is challenging with one hand.  Needless to say, he can't drive.  And it's even tough for him to be a passenger in a car because the arm gets jiggled around and it starts to hurt.  And it's even tough to sleep in bed because he always has to have his hand propped up straight.  He'll be starting physical therapy soon.  I'm still not showing you a picture with the bandages off.  It's too yucky to post.  It's not hard-casted.  He has a guard that protects it, but it comes off.  We have to change his dressing every day.  His hand definitely looks better than it did last week, but the healing is slow.  One day at a time....
What's so tough?  Lots of little things.  Try blowing your nose with one hand.  Really--- try it.  Tying shoe laces.  Zipping his coat.  Washing one hand.  

Thanks, again, for all who have sent good wishes.  He asked me to thank you all!

11 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Hugs to you & your dear hubby. I hope for a speedy recovery and good results with therapy.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Hi Sue,
Glad your hubby is doing better! Oh that makes my hand hurt thinking about it!
Thanks for stopping by to visit with me and the bunnies. We do hope you'll hop back and visit again soon.
yf,
shell

Needled Mom said...

I'm glad he is doing better. It is so tough to do most things with only one hand.

Hope therapy goes well.

Joanne said...

I am so glad your husband is doing better! It is amazing how we take things for granted!
Wishing him the best in therapy.

Melinda said...

I am so glad he is recovering. I hope his therapy goes well. Hang in there - it will be better soon.

WoolenSails said...

Now, don't you have a cast on your hand too?
So, it is one hand helping the other;)

Debbie

Sallie said...

I can totally sympathize with having the use of only one hand. Back many years ago I had a hand injury that severed a tendon that they surgically reconnected. I could not use my hand even as a weight to hold a piece of paper down... any stress at all could snap the tendon again. I don't wish for any injury, but I am sure I could much easier deal with a foot disabled rather than my hand. Your hands do almost everything for you... and it is real humbling to have to depend on others for the simplest tasks. May you have the insight to know when he needs your help and is reluctant to ask because you already have done so much.

Judy S. said...

So glad your DH is healing! PT will do wonders; I regained full use of my arm after dislocating both bones of my elbow 5 years ago. You are so right; it's very tough doing things one-handed, and amazing how quickly an injury reminds you. Best wishes to both of you! I am ever so glad you are there to help him.

free indeed said...

Glad he is doing better; here's to a speedy recovery. I glanced at the headline about the injury, but somehow missed it was you guys!

Kath said...

Sending good wishes for your Husbands continued recovery. Blessings from England.

Brenda said...

It's all those little things that you don't realize that you use two hands for. Having been in a cast for 8 weeks and then having very limited use of that thumb/hand for another 9 months really hammered that home. Like doing dishes -- holding on to a glass with one hand while you wash it with the SAME hand. Showering -- soaping up the wash cloth or the scrubby. He's lucky he has you! It's kind of embarrasing to ask a stranger to tie a shoelace that has come loose while you are out and about. Or asking to be zipped up! You feel about 4 years old sometimes.

Glad to know the healing is coming along. Knowing that things could have been much more serious has to be some consolation, although it may be hard to remember that when you are in the middle of something like this.

Best wishes to you both.