Today is an exciting day!
Today is the first day that I haven’t been on narcotic painkillers for about two weeks.
I’m for day post-op and this is the first morning since my surgery that I haven’t woken up in excruciating pain. I’ve now hit a level of tolerable pain and generally just severe discomfort rather than unmanageable pain.
Note: I think I might end up doing a video or a another blog post talking more about my experience with the surgery — it was on the evening of October 16 — and that whole thing, because I think it might be helpful for anyone else facing a similar procedure if I share what it was like. Spoiler alert: It went really smoothly and I felt very taken care of at the hospital.
The incision pain from the procedure has been the worst, followed by just the stiffness and the pain in the rest of my hand, from swelling, and all that jazz. I will be glad when I can unwrap my finger from all of the gauze and tape, because more than anything it’s just irritating my other fingers inside.
If you’re like wtf did you do read this: Severed tendon. 0 out of 10. Would not recommend.
I’m on a second kind of antibiotics now from the root canal, which are wreaking havoc on my guts, but I’ve got yogurt and kombucha and all that good sh*t so in the end I’m going to be fine. For now I’m still feeling generally crummy, but I’m starting to get some energy back. I’m definitely used to using one hand now.
Since the injury itself was on the 1st of October, I haven’t really been using that hand for several weeks now, and my one hand typing is definitely improving. For this post however, I’m actually using voice to text which thankfully on the Android is super efficient and I barely ever have to correct anything. WIN!
Right now I am seeing my hand therapy person once a week, for about an hour to an hour and a half, I’m not sure what it will look like in the future, but right now it’s baby steps and starting to get mobility back in my uninjured fingers.
At my appointment tomorrow she will start moving the injured finger which is going to suck but I’m going to do everything that I can to get back as much strength and mobility in that finger so I will just grin and bear it.
I have been wanting to get back to more physical activity, but it’s incredibly frustrating to do much right now. Just moving around my house now is causing a lot of pain in my hand because I basically have to elevate it at all times to stop from that swelling, throbbing pain.
It’s aggravating, but I know that it’s not forever. One step at a time.
My goal for the next week is to get back into a rhythm getting back to work as normally as possible, for the last little while I haven’t been doing anything extra I have been doing what needs to happen for my clients, but not the usual extra behind-the-scenes work that I would usually be doing.
I also have a lot of work to do to get my new retail shop, Plant Goals, ready to open.
I was really certain that I would still be able to open the shop by the end of October, but I’ve had to admit to myself as I realized how hard this recovery phase is going to be, that I may need to put it off a week or two just to the beginning of November, to give myself a little bit more time to make it happen properly and not rush it and stress myself out.
It’s all coming together and I’m really excited. the reception from people on the Instagram account has been really incredible and people seem excited that it’s happening and so that’s giving me that boost of motivation that I need.
The vision that I have for this shop has been so fun to put together and I can’t wait to see it realized and presented to all the wonderful humans in the city and anyone who comes to visit. I really think it’s going to be a magical space to be in and I hope that if you can you will come and check it out… Even if just for the Instagram a photo in a downtown jungle.
Thanks for reading friends. You are the best.