Surgery Is As Good As A Holiday
Note the medically professional dressing of panda band-aids. I ran out of the 'proper' tape, so am making do:)
A few weeks ago I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand. The good news is that it has been extremely effective in relieving the carpal tunnel symptoms I was experiencing, and after the first week, not particularly painful. The other good news is that for weeks I have been hardly able to do a thing that requires any sustained effort or lifting anything or even twisting with my right hand. I haven't been able to do the dishes, sweep the floor, chop wood, work in the garden, cut vegetables, write or type. For almost two weeks I didn't even drive. It has been marvellously relaxing!
I have been.. pottering. Reading, weeding with my left hand, rearranging books and eclectica, tidying shelves, having cups of tea with my friends, and being very grateful for the sustained help from Paul and my lovely daughters. This afternoon Posy and one of her school friends chopped a load of kindling for me.
I even went to Melbourne and had my older two children cook for me and do the dishes, and in return I tidied their shelves and rearranged their books and educated them about all the edible weeds growing in their lawn, for which I am sure they were very grateful..
Paul gifted me with banksia cones from his garden. I put them in a dish on the table. This is about the level of activity I have been indulging in.
Over the last week I have recovered lots of strength and mobility in my hand. Yesterday I swept the floor for the first time in a while, and it was entertaining in its novelty. I can now type using both hands for twenty minutes or so at a time. I can lift slightly heavier things. I can dry some of the dishes! I can do the laundry and hang it up, I can cook but I still can't cut up the veg.
It has been a really lovely life hiatus, hibernating in front of the fire in the depths of winter and contemplating where I've been and where I'm going. It is also good now to be able to start to pick up the threads of life again and get back to being a bit more useful.
Spring is coming, and with it a whole year of fresh new ventures. I can't wait!