25 September 2006

Post surgery report

It's been a week and 3 days since I had my right wrist surgery to clean up a tear in the cartilage. I've been rather limited in my ability to type since then, so that's the reason for the delay in reporting. I got the soft cast and sutures removed today and have been given a brace and an order for physical therapy. The doctor was pleased with how my wrist looks, not much swelling or bruising. But, unfortunately, I still have some numbness and pain in my ring finger that she can't explain. She advises that it could take up to 2 months for it to fully go away, but she feels it's not nerve damage. Yeah, right. And, now, this damn brace is making it more difficult to do normal things like type, drive, etc., and it's frustrating the hell out of me. But, the strength in my wrist isn't good enough to go without it, so I'm stuck with it. Hopefully, with the PT, it will be strengthened more quickly and I won't have to wear the brace until my next appointment w/ the surgeon, which is a month from now.

On another note, I had the same woman who asked me how I could stand only eating 3 tbsp. of food a day shortly after returning to work post-WLS ask me how much pain I was in after my WLS surgery this morning. I was intrigued by her question, so I answered it honestly. She then got a disappointed look on her face and said, oh. So, I wouldn't be able to do it. This woman is 5'3"ish and at most 145 lbs! So, she sees my success, thinks there was no work involved post-surgery and that it could help her lose the 15-20 lbs she wants to lose. Oh, come on! I politely tried to explain that you have to have a BMI of over 40 to even be considered (after which she says, yeah, mine's 26!) and that it was a lot of work to get to where I am. It wasn't just magic, and then she says, but you're guaranteed of never gaining it back, right?! Arghghghgh!!! Noo, I have to work at it to maintain my weight, and if I'm not careful, I could put a lot back on. Ohhhh, she says. Sheesh!!!


Jill said...

I am glad your surgery went well! Recovery is a pain but you will do great!

As for the woman at work...kick her for ME! I hate stupid people. :o) OK, I don't know her and maybe I am bing harsh so I will just call her uneducated instead. I hate the look I get when someone asks me how I lost all my weight and then the dreaded, "OHHHHH" comes after it. All of us get it, it would be so much easier if the rest of the world did too.

Much love,

Melissa said...

Aloha Jenn,
I've been doing catchup reading your posts. Alot of good things have been happening in your life. I am sorry about your wrist, hope it heals well and soon. I like the pis of your new home. Super happy that you and your hubby and bak together. You have been through alot since your WLS, and I commend you for doing so well.
Hugs to aloha sent your way.