Saturday October 31, 2015
I had a Dr’s appointment yesterday to have the sutures removed and WOW was that painful. It was two long sutures that ran the length of the incision so it was a long way for them to be pulled out. Plus one of them got caught on something under the skin and broke. The nurse warned me it would be painful so I didn’t even watch, but Jim was brave and watched. He said the tissue bunched up like an accordion as the nurse was trying to pull it out. So I still have part of a suture below the tissue that should work its was out in the future. That was an ordeal for both of us and we were both feeling a little queasy after that.
After that appointment I went over to see the occupational therapist to have my removable splint made. This splint I will wear basically 24/7 for the next 4 weeks while things heal. I can remove it to shower only. It was really disheartening to see how swollen my wrist was and this splint is shorter than the last one so I could see some bruising also.
I am still in a lot of pain but I have found that walking helps some. I had a terrible night last night and was walking the neighborhood at 1:30am this morning trying to get some relief because I was so miserable. I have tried all kinds of sleeping positions seeking relief… floor, bed, sitting up, laying down, I have found some positions that are very uncomfortable to lay in, but have managed to fall asleep in them because it lessened the pain in my shoulder and back. I think a lot of this is muscle trauma caused from the surgery.