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Life in 6 months? - Micole Khemarrica
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Life in 6 months?
To update my woefully forgotten journal of the events of the past 5 months is actually easy:

After the fall in May, I've spent the last several months comming home on weekends and working with my doctor on determining the extent of the damage. Since most specialists do not work weekends (heck, they don't work 8-hour days in one office, either!), I had to wait until those days I had No Classes but were not holidays so I could get to see them.

After getting X-Rays, MRI, EEG, and finally seeing an orthopedist, the verdict was in: acute Carpal Tunnel which requires surgery to correct. Whee.

So, as soon as I got that diagnosis in September, I spend the rest of that week up at school filling out forms for a Leave Of Absense to cover the 8 weeks I'd need for surgery and recovery.

The surgery was set for September 17th. It's a simple procedure, but having never had surgery of any kind before, I was understandably nervous. Not being allowed to eat as off 00-hundred hours of the day of surgery (no matter *when* the procedure was to be done) had me in the usual low-blood-sugar stupor, and I was rather cold. Everything went fine, I'm told... the 'mild sedative' did as I expected and knocked me out cold for the entire duration of the procedure (the double blankets on me helped, too) and the only oddity was something my coug'r mentioned later: During post-op, while I was going in and out of consciousness, one of the monitors kept beeping an alert saying "apnea". I guess when I sleep, I sleep hard.

I had to wear a lightweight cast for a week, then the sutures were removed and my hand was bandaged for another week. Now it's free of bandages and I'm trying to rebuild the muscle tissue (feels weird not being able to hold a plastic cup!) and keep the scar tissue healing with liberal applications of Vitamin E oil (which is working wonderfully) while going through the necessary procedures to return to school.

I have hopes that in the next few weeks I'll be able to get back into drawing since it's been *months* since I've been able to do anything like that. I've started cooking a little (being careful not to do anything too stressful to the hand) and should be able to return to the Culinary Institute of America in November with only a faint skin abberration to show where the surgery happened.

I'm crossing my fingers.
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roxikat From: roxikat Date: October 9th, 2002 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're on the road to recovery! Yeah, I haven't been around much, so I didn't really know what was up. You're very talented and happily I saw that your baking talents is an art skill that hasn't faltered during the recovery. Here's hoping that your drawing muse returns to grant you many happy sketches soon.
chipuni From: chipuni Date: October 9th, 2002 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*many hugs*

I'm glad to see that you're getting well. Take care of your drawing hand, and try not to get carpal tunnel again.
pathia From: pathia Date: October 9th, 2002 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good to hear that things seem to be going well.

Did the nurse take any note of the 'Apnea' warning while you were sleeping? They should have reported that, for that's a sign of over medication or that you might have sleep apnea normally.

Regardless, I hope you continue to get better and better =)

Richard Owens
Dracono/Pathia Trypnotk
From: jinxtigr Date: October 9th, 2002 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good to hear from you :) hope your wrist and all heals up quickly. That would freak me out, me being a guitar player and all O_O
*purrr*
bikerwalla From: bikerwalla Date: October 9th, 2002 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. Miss you tons.
wyattkelly From: wyattkelly Date: October 10th, 2002 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you're on the mend, hon. I hope things continue to improve, and you'll be back running on all 8 cylinders before you know it!
kagur From: kagur Date: October 11th, 2002 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Recovery

I am glad to hear the surgery went well and hope your paw recovers quickly. ::multiple hugs:: May you resume drawing and your classes at the CIA as soon as you are comfortable.
koogrr From: koogrr Date: October 30th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with the recovery.
lionmage From: lionmage Date: November 7th, 2002 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, hopefully...

...you won't require additional surgery at regular intervals. That's what happened with my mother. She had bad carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists, which jacked up her fine motor skills.

Good luck.
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