Just another hurdle to get over
Since my accident I have been using my hands a lot, they bare my weight on my crutches, and they help me get around on my wheelchair. But if I have been using them a lot, during the night they start to go numb to the point where it becomes very painful.
I had tests done at the nerve clinic; there was a strange doctor there who looked after the electric shock machine. He put metal loops around my fingers and then held them in place as he shocked me. Of course I was twinging all over the place and he said ‘don’t worry soon it will become pleasurable.’
I just looked at him and couldn’t get the picture out of my head of what he would get up to with his little hooks and clips on a night. I was glad to get out of there.
Unfortunately I was diagnosed with moderate to severe Carpel tunnel Syndrome.
This is where the carpel nerve gets trapped in the wrist, causing numbness and pain.
The only way to relive this is surgery.
Both are done on local anaesthetic, and can either be open surgery (they make a slice from the bottom of your hand, to the middle of the wrist) or key hole surgery, I would prefer keyhole, as I didn’t want my favourite tattoo destroyed.
Another problem is recovery time, this can be up to a month and in the meantime your hand/wrist is wrapped up in a sling. This is not good news for someone who relies heavily on their hands.
There was no way I was going to be reduced to one arm and one leg, so I have decided to be put on the waiting list until I have finished my physio and get my leg, that’s more important.