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Saturday, April 29, 2017

finger update

Good morning.
Craig's finger update.
He went back to the doctor on Friday morning for a post op check of his finger. They took all the bandages off to check and see if everything was as it should be and it was. Craig has been a very good patient, following the doctors orders as close as possible. That meant keeping the hand elevated above his heart, and icing it 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.
I can't tell you how many stitches he has, but they go from close to the tip of his finger all the way down to about a half inch into the palm. And one of the very few times I forgot my phone so I couldn't take a pic! I was so disappointed! Craig said that it was probably meant to be as I would have posted the pic here and on Facebook and made everyone who saw it ill.
But he had a lot of pain the first day after the surgery, and quite a bit of swelling. The pain pills didn't seem to help much. Friday, his pain level was much better. The doctor admitted the first day would be the hardest. Now he tells him!. But he starts therapy on Tuesday. Even though the stitches won't come out for another 3 weeks, the doctor wants therapy started right away. So even though he'll be wearing a brace on his finger for 6 weeks day and night, they will take it off during therapy so they can have him bend and stretch his finger to minimize any scar tissue build-up.  Now the doctor did say that the therapy would hurt. But it's very important to do. So Craig's not looking forward to that, but like I said, he is a good patient and will do what he has to.
And for dinner yesterday, one of our neighbors brought us beef stew! very tasty! Did I say we have some very nice neighbors?
Craig obviously can't do a lot with his left hand, so I have to do the cooking. So it's nice we've had several meals prepared by neighbors to help me out.   :-)
Not that I'm a bad cook, it's just Craig usually does most of the cooking. And he needed to eat food that didn't require 2 hands. But today, he wants his Turkey/Cheddar sausage boats, so we'll see how he does.
Well, that's all for now.

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