Sunday, November 19, 2017

Finding New Abilities Post Amputations

The original bandages have been removed. I have since changed the dressings two more times. The incisions themselves are starting to look better and I think that over time they will heal and not look as bad as they seem to to me right now.

There is no pain. The itching has begun as the incisions begin to heal. And the phantom feelings have been popping up the past couple of days. I’ll get the urge that the tip of my finger itches and well there’s no tip there. LOL. Interestingly enough the phantom feelings associated with my previously fully amputated index finger have also picked back up since the surgery. I’m guessing that the nerves are just hypersensitive now and therefore I’m getting all kinds of weird sensations.

As for functionality - I have some “new” abilities that I haven’t had in a while. A couple of things are a little more difficult than they used to be… However, I feel like that might partly be because I can’t use the new tips just yet as they’re still tender and healing. 

I don’t have the movement and flexibility that I was anticipating in the joints were my nubs attach to my hands. I’m still swollen and hoping that once the swelling wears down and the sensitivity wears off I can exercise those and do yoga for the hands and hopefully free that up a little bit.

Those are “minor” issues though… 

Overall the regained abilities far outweigh the “issues“ that I’m noticing. 

As you can see in the pictures below… I can now put my palm on the steering wheel - that’s not something I’ve been able to do you in I don’t remember how long. Eventually I expect that I will be able to pull my thumb around the steering wheel to grasp it… However right now as the fingers are still tender I’m not attempting that.

Now when putting lotion on my arm I can now use the palm to do it instead of the side of my hand, the back of my hand or my forearm. 

I can also now access the palm of my hands to massage it when it feels like it needs stretching. That wasn’t possible before, either, because my other fingertips were in the way.

Having unimpeded access to the palm of my hand is a big help. 

So, I’ll keep on and see where things go from here. 

Persevere. Rock on!


 
 

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