Last Monday I went in for a “minor” surgery on my right wrist. Outpatient. Two hours. Local anesthetic… all terms I would think of for a “minor” surgery. Well, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a “minor” surgery.
I have carpal tunnel in my wrists. From time to time you will hear me whine – mostly when there is a thunderstorm approaching as my wrists have mistaken themselves for meteorologists – painfully aching every time the pressure drops. To top that all off I also had a cyst form on my right wrist right at the joint, putting even more pressure on the nerve. Last Monday I scheduled to have “minor surgery” to remove it. No biggie.
The surgeon was awesome – I was nervous so I talked solid the entire two hours (bless his heart, I know – that’s REALLY why he gets paid the big bucks) while looking off in the other direction and trying to trick my brain into not realizing it was MY arm he was calmly cutting around on. It worked, I managed to get completely numb, surgery done, and stitched up without even feeling queasy.
As I was leaving I remember him asking me if I wanted a script for a pain pill. I said all nonchalantly, “Sure, go ahead and write it, and if I need it I will get it filled.”
My whole arm stayed numb into the evening. I didn’t take anything for pain, in fact I happily hopped right back into work, building a new Opportunity Website for the new Radio Campaign that began on Thursday. I laughed at how funny it felt to text and type with my hand being numb – amazed that I was actually still pretty quick at both. As the evening went on I started worrying that the Lidocaine was not wearing off. Like not even a little bit. It wasn’t long though before I was wishing to be numb again.
I have not posted pictures of my wrist for those who are weak at heart, but it is about a 5 inch incision down the inside of my right arm, starting just past the palm of my hand. (“minor” remember… MI-NOR) I am sure some of the pain has come just from the location – I had no idea you bump your wrist on stuff that many times in a day. (ok, well how many times *I* do then) Or really just how much I use my right hand – everything from doing my hair to putting on mascara to signing a credit card slip has been a chore this week.
Sooo, that is where I have been this week! I have missed posting and have tons of stuff to catch up on now that I am “back in the game,” but just wanted to give a quick update and my little PSA for the day:
If a surgeon ever says you need “minor” surgery – just know that there is no such THING as “minor” surgery! Having a “little bit” of surgery is like being a “little bit” pregnant –