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Subject: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Jul 11 - 08:49 PM

Last year, I took a fall onto a concrete surface. My rotator cuff took more damage. The forearm was painful with severe tendenitis which finally went away after six months. The wrist is still painful when I apply pressure and I finally gave up and saw my hand specialist. We took x-rays. I turns out that I had blown a tendon in my wrist and have to have one moved to pull everything back into line. With any luck, I will be back out of pain by September.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Jul 11 - 10:52 PM

Ah,what a bummer. But five years from now it will be only a painful memory.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jul 11 - 10:58 PM

I wish that all these 'Catters would knock it off, getting sick and having surgery and stuff. Well, except that I might need knee surgery, so just have it and get well and don't have any more, okay?


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Art Thieme
Date: 28 Jul 11 - 10:58 PM

All the best to you! Be well.
Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Jul 11 - 11:55 PM

Thanks, folks. If I had gone to the doctor a year ago instead of just assuming it was a soft tissue injury, I'd be out of pain and playing my concertina this weekend. Of course, the surgery that my doc will do on me next week is something they couldn't do a few years ago.

At least I can still play the kazoo..


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 12:16 AM

When will you have the surgery? And will you be able to play the concertina after the surgery, therapy, and more practice which will probably be needed after therapy ends?


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: olddude
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 03:25 AM

I am sorry to hear that you are going under the knife ... You are in my thoughts and prayers ... get better soon please


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: I don't know
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 05:09 AM

All the best, hope it is a success.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 05:58 AM

maybe you can take the kazoo with you, so you can make music while you're in hospital!

best wishes for your surgery & recovery

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 07:25 AM

Eric-

And I always thought you were immortal!

Well, at least surgery is an option now and hopefully after a few months you'll be back to inflicting pain on others by playing concertina, one of my favorite pastimes.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: jacqui.c
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 07:50 AM

All the best to you sir.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 10:49 AM

Thank you all. What I had thought was either a severe tendinitis or a chipped bone is actually a displacement which caused both a pinched nerve and bone rubbing on bone [very painful]. I have been limiting my playing in hopes of improving the situation but as soon as the doc pointed the displacement out to me it was obvious why surgery was necessary.

Here goes, he said, holding his nose and jumping into the pool.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 11:06 AM

Good luck with your treatment, my wife has just had a TVT where the womb and (very unusually I gather from the consultant) the bladder is shifted back to where it should be and "taped" into place. Nothing was the "norm" and so she has to stay in hospital for a further night until her waterworks passes more than it retains!!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 03:13 PM

All the very best to you.
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 05:59 PM

surgery is a nuisance, but pain is much worse.
From one who knows.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 07:09 PM

Ebarnacle, all good wishes for the best outcome..no pain! I have been going to a hand therapist for very painful tendinitis in my index fingers which started in Feb. We didn't actually know for sure what it was until about a month ago. Thankfully xrays did not show any arthritis or displacements as you have, but I can sort of imagine the pain you must be having. This is bad enough without the added problems you have. My sympathies!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Joe_F
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 08:43 PM

Just had a hernia repaired yesterday (my second) Twinges, bloat, appetite off, the usual stuff. Scrotum turned dark red


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 11:54 PM

Thank you all. I just got back from the hospital's required presurgical testing and have been told I should expect no major problems. It's been a long day, mostly spent filling paper and waiting to be seen.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 12:36 AM

... ever noticed just how much trouble doctors cause ... i suggest you avoid them!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 01:06 AM

In one respect that's true. I didn't know how bad my condition was until he told me.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 01:59 AM

If I had £1 for every time my wife has been told "you might feel a litle sore afterwards!............


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 08:44 AM

I know, but I've been feeling soreness and pain for the past year.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 10:19 PM

OK, here goes. I have to be there at 5;30 this coming AM. I guess they make it early to be sure you're serious about going through with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Crowhugger
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 10:50 PM

All best wishes for total success!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:02 AM

confuse 'em, get there earlier!!

best wishes from me, too

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 05:53 AM

Thinking of you today.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 10:54 PM

Well, I'm home. The surgery went well even though it went longer than expected. The doctor was able to do the least traumatic option and I am not in much discomfort. With any luck, I will be in shape to go into Road Warrior with full use of both hands mode by mid September.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:03 PM

Go get 'em, lad!! Best wishes for a prompt, painless, and complete recovery!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:42 PM

I agree with Big Mick!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Janie
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:45 PM

Ditto!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:49 PM

Me, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 05:36 PM

Of course me too.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 06:15 PM

Welcome home!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 10:14 PM

Yes!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 10:56 PM

Excellent!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: open mike
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 04:11 AM

will i be able to play the concertina after the operation?
yes.
oh, good, because i could not play it before....


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 04:54 AM

more good news

sandra (waiting to hear the next installment)


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 03:29 PM

Saw the doc on Tues for followup. He examined everything, said I was doing well and rewrapped the arm. I am still not allowed to get the arm wet until Aug 30.

Oi, my arm itches.

With any luck, the pins come out then--if we can get close enough to my unwashed arm without special breathing gear.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 04:24 PM

Not too long to wait, easy for me to say, take care and thankyou for the update
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 05:05 PM

Itching is ofetn associated with healing. ITCH!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 06:45 PM

Yup, that's what the doc sed. I was actually able to close my trousers and belt today.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 12:11 PM

Went to the doctor for followup this week. If all goes well, I return in two weeks to have the pins and sutures removed. Then begins the rehab.

Last week, had a scary event. I had reached the point of being able to dress and buckle my belt. On Wed, I began having major pain in the entire forearm, radiating from the wrist as far as the lateral bicep. Dr. Rick instructed me to bedrest with the arm elevated. It worked. Not only did the pain ease, the edema in my calves and feet reduced.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 12:31 PM

What a relief! How's the itching; any better?


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 03:55 PM

Good news.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 06:22 PM

Not too bad but you should see the size of those pins--all the way across the wrist. No wonder it hirts if I move less than perfectly or try to flex the wrist, even by accident.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 07:03 PM

Yep- It does take a looong time for it to heal.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Bobert
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 07:04 PM

Better days a'comin'...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 04:31 AM

what Bobert said


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 12:45 AM

Sorry about the pain and hoping that healing and therapy brings you relief soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 08:26 PM

Ok, saw the doc today. He pulled the pins and removed the sutures. It already hurts less and I can move the wrist a little. Also, when the sports car hits a bump, it's not excruciating, just enough to remind me a little that it's sore.
Now, I begin the pre-rehab work by gently flexing and making a fist.
Wow, was the area around the pins ugly!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 08:41 PM

Hurts less... that's a good thing. I hope healing continues.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 10:06 PM

I hope so, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 03:34 AM

me, three


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 07:44 AM

More better is better.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 08:46 AM

I hate good news-bad news situations.

Good news: I'm healing well.

Bad news: One of the bones shifted and the doc has to go back in and fuse it to another. I will lose some flex in the wrist and have to start the recovery process all over again. Lady Hillary continues the privilege of dressing me until I can regain use of the hand. No concertina playing for a few more months.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 02:30 PM

This must be so frustrating for you. Warm regards and hopes for complete healing sent to you, Eric.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: GUEST,ChanteyLass
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 10:52 PM

Oh, I'm sorry. I hope the healing after the next operation goes well.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 11:11 PM

Me, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 12:12 AM

OK, last Fri, I went in for pre-op testing for the surgery on the 20th.

Monday night, I got a call from the hospital that I had to get medically cleared by my primary physician. Fortunately, I had an appointment with him today.

I also asked that the tests that they had done on Friday be forwarded to my guy.

When I got there, the data had still not arrived. It took 3 hours of calling and irritation to get it sent.

The question, of course, is: Why did I have to waste Friday to get the testing done in order to have my doctor do the thinking for these drones?

My wrist guy goes in Thursday to do the fusion.

More later.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 03:03 AM

the saga continues

best wishes

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 09:56 AM

Good luck!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 11:40 AM

Thanks, folks. We just finished modifying a commercial sling so it won't strain my shoulder when the doctor puts it on me--well padded and fully adjustable. I was wonderin' why we were keeping those old computer bag straps around.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 02:50 PM

Kewl! It always feels so good to come up with a solution that makes things easier. Here's to an uneventful and safe surgery with quick, complete recovery!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 02:58 PM

All the very best as always.
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 09:40 PM

Best from me, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Janie
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 09:42 PM

And from me.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 09:13 AM

We got home yesterday afternoon. Even though we had agreed on a local, there was enough pain that the doctor went to a general. Although there is still some residual numbness and there are now pins in the hand and the wrist, there is already less pain than there was at this point last time. I believe that is a good sign.

Healing time for this surgery can be expected to be about three months. The initial cast comes off in a week or so and then will go to a lighter one.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 08:35 PM

good news!

keep healing & reporting good news

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 11:03 PM

Yes, yes, & yes!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 01:46 AM

The doc pulled the initial cast today. So far, there has been almost no pain or discomfort since this more recent surgery. He states that the healing is much more satisfactory that the previous round. The sutures are out but the [4] pins are still in place. Next visit in 4 wweks, after Thanksgiving.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 02:50 AM

as I said before -

good news!

keep healing & reporting good news

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 10:22 AM

I like the sounds of that! Keep up the good healing!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 06:53 PM

"almost no pain or discomfort"

Good oh eh! Hope good things continue.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 07:21 PM

Golly-- dunno how I missed this one. (((hugs)))

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 07:28 PM

Thanks, all.

The new cast is fiberglass, lighter and, despite the padding, actually fits inside a sleeve. Just in time for the cold weather. The downside is that it extends above my elbow so it's inflexible.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Nov 11 - 02:30 AM

more good news, if you don't need to use that arm.

How long will it be in place?


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 05 Nov 11 - 12:00 AM

Well into December or January, unless healing goes faster than expected.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 04 Dec 11 - 11:30 PM

Saw the doc on Tues. The fusion is going slowly, no pain, fingers working well. The cast will be shortened on Dec 20 if improvement continues. What a Chanukah gift!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 03:22 AM

couldn't ask for a better one - keep healing


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 02:59 PM

Great stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 03:44 PM

Good news, take care.
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 04:03 PM

Will the shorter cast allow you to bend at the elbow?


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 11:10 PM

I sure hope so. I'm getting tired of being a one-handed kazoo player. I really miss playing the concertina. Any flex is good. I can't even drink from a mug while driving right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Crowhugger
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 08:38 PM

Keep up the great healing!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 05:08 PM

Old cast is off. X-rays show fusion is occuring. I got to flex my arm for the first time in 8 weeks. That hurts. The arm has been idle since the surgery and objected to being worked. The pain is almost gone, though. I can use the right hand a little and the new, shorter cast lets me use the hand a little. I even steered the car a little with the hand on the way home.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 05:39 PM

congratulations!!

keep up the good work

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 06:04 PM

Slow and easy with the rehab and hopefully all will be fine. Glad to hear the update.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 06:44 PM

The worst is actually the itching.
When the old cast came off, there were large flakes of dead skin all about. Lady Hillary and I insisted on a thorough wash and scrub before the new cast went on. It still itches.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 07:20 PM

But just think of all the opportunities this gives to practice bad words! Keep track of 'em in email in case I ever need 'em? :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 07:31 PM

That is good news! As to the itching, when my kids had chickenpox, I set the hair blow dryer on cool and aimed it at the itching. It seemed to help a bit. If you can get to any of the itchy bits, a little dab of witch hazel on a cotton ball will help relieve it to.

If you don't mind spending a little bit of money, there are some incredible products available at www.amerigel.com which relieve itching and greatly speed the healing process. From past experience, I can attest to it being worth every penny.

Anyway, good for you and thanks for letting us know,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 09:11 PM

Glad to hear you are in a shorter cast and using some of those muscles again. Sorry about the itching, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 04:23 PM

Wow, I just discovered that the new cast also fits in my normal [for me] sized jackets.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 07:36 PM

hooray


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Janie
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 10:41 PM

Haven't posted much, but still thinking of you and glad to hear the recovery is going well, discomfort and all....


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 23 Dec 11 - 10:41 PM

Bad news-Good news. Yesterday, I was suddenly in pain where the pins enter the wrist. Called the doc this AM. He told me to come right in. After removing the cast, it was obvious that something bad was going on. Dr. Rick examined the area and prescribed an antibiotic. The new cast still fits into my jacket. It's nice to deal with a doc who gives a damn, but I've been lucky that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Dec 11 - 12:13 AM

Eek! Glad you got help.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 04:24 PM

Yeah, the cast came off yesterday. The pins are out. Two weeks with a splint and I hope to be able to keep the wristy unsupported.

When the cast came off, the first thing I did was gently scratch--what a luxury.

One thing I had not counted on was how much the loss of wrist flex changes the way the right hand moves. I now have to learn new postures so I can type two handed again.

The past 5 months have given me great respect for the theory that the opposable thumb was a major step in the development of homo sap.

Very definitely limited wrist flexion due to the fusion and the joint looks quite ugly.

As they say in Maine, it feels some bettah, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 04:27 PM

Oh yeah, Lady Hillary has plans now that I can use both hands--cooking more, resuming other responsibilities around the house, etc. No more excuses.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 04:40 PM

Cooking from scratch? >;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 08:22 PM

Improvement, still!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 11:26 PM

Good to hear of your progression. That thumb is a pretty handy thing, isn't it? I still wear a cloth open-ended "sock" on my right one, for now, as the tendons are in tough shape. It keeps me from bending it incorrectly which can cause extreme and immediate pain! BUT therapy is helping AND using a voice recognition program to type. (Ya gotta birthday coming up or something so you can ask for it as a pressie?)

Good luck with the rest of your recovery!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 03:35 AM

good news


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 06:14 AM

Yes indeed. Good news. We hope to hear more.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 11:31 PM

Just tried a few notes on the ol' squeezebox. Sounded terrible, but it looks as though I'll be able to play again with a good bit of work. I definitely have to build up the wrist.

It looks as though I've got the keyboard position about right for two handed typing.

I refuse to be disabled. Somewhat l


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 04:37 AM

Good for you! I know you'll manage any adaptations. I just made the same discovery on fiddle.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 02:17 PM

Attitude is good!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 09:45 PM

Did three verses of Shoals of Herring on the box today but it's a start.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 09:46 PM

Forgot to add the qualifier: poorly!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 10:04 PM

Eric-

You don't get very far without a start.

Excellent news.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 10:40 PM

I'd say you are making good progress!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 03:12 AM

definitely, keep up the good work - slowly & steadily


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:02 PM

Wow, I seem to have passed a milestone. Typing with both hands just got faster and easier...if not more accurate.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:50 PM

That's all great news and progress EB!! Slow and steady definitely helps to improve things.

maeve, goodonya, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 03:06 PM

Ditto kat!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 03:25 PM

Double ditto!!
ATB from fB to EB


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 04:01 PM

Just played a couple of songs with no pain and no [major] errors. More to come!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 07:15 PM

That's wonderful! Please keep the music and the updates coming, 'cause Mudville sure could use some good news.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 07:37 PM

Great news!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 09:24 PM

Hooray for you!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Greg B
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 11:29 PM

"no [major] errors"

So, you've gotten better over your hiatus?

(Just bustin' your balls, old friend.)


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 12:10 AM

That's great! I am about ready to go back to the hand doc and try some cortisone for my thumb tendon...I've got trigger thumb...how dumb does that sound?!**bg** Still need to do something with my left index finger. The end acts as if it's been fused into a bent position, no arthritis or anything; just aggro on the tendons. Hard to fiddle, etc.

Keep playing and letting us know how it's going. You are an inspiration!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 04:19 PM

Great news EB.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 11:37 PM

Be careful with cortisone. I used it for tennis elbow many years ago. Each shot was less effective and more painful.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 12:47 AM

Thank you. I am being very cautious about it. I had it once in a shoulder and it hurt like heck and didn't do much good. The hand therapist said, though, in the thumb there is just the one tendon and the results are usually pretty good using cortisone. I am not in any rush. Still doing the exercises and using a cloth splint to keep it from locking.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 Apr 12 - 08:21 PM

Today, Lady Hillary was exhausted so I drove us home in the sports car. First time handling manual shift since July of last year. No pain, no problems.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 02 Apr 12 - 08:50 PM

More progress? That's great.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 02 Apr 12 - 09:14 PM

More good news is good news.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Apr 12 - 11:37 PM

Great! I sat in our driveway on Sunday and proved to myself I could turn the key to start it. I am so ready to start driving, again You continue to inspire me!


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 03 Apr 12 - 10:58 AM

Yeah, Kat! One of the most challenging things about this process was figuring out how to turn the ignition key without pain. The surgery limited wrist rotation and made it difficult. I now have two techniques which work.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:40 PM

OK, I did it! At Clearwater's Revival I took part in two sets and did not make too much of a fool of myself on the concertina. The first time I've played concertina in public since last July.

Unfortunately, it is looking increasingly likely that the right rotator cuff is next on the agenda.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: maeve
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:09 PM

You've done well! You'll deal with what you must; good for you for making such an effort to move forward!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:13 PM

You beat it once, EB, you'll beat it twice. Congratulations.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:34 PM

Contertina and fool in the same sentence??? How can that be??? Jus' funnin'...

Good on you, E-barn...

B;~)


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 10:26 PM

Nice to read that you and your concertina are performing together again. Let us know if your other wrist needs surgery.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: EBarnacle
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 09:37 AM

Lass, I don't want to even consider going there.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: gnu
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 11:16 AM

Great news! Glad to hear it.


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Subject: RE: BS: More surgery
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 03:34 PM

Hooray! Best wishes as usual.
Charlie.


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