Healing Hand Journal #3: The Recovery ***Warning Graphic Pics***

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Blog entry by chaneg posted 08-01-2016 11:52 PM 1325 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up in the post op care area in extreme pain. I remember telling the nurse over and over, “it hurts.” She quickly got more pain medicine into my IV. I looked down at my hand and saw both fingers were individually wrapped up. The first thing I did was put my wrapped up index finger next to the one on the other hand and compared the length. It looked long enough to still all be there, so I was a little relieved.

When I was awake enough to move, they took me back to my room where my wife was waiting for me. She says she kept trying to tell me that they were able to pin my finger back on, but she says between the pain meds and the effects of the anesthesia I kept forgetting. When I finally was coherent enough to remember things I was starting to feel really good. I was in almost no pain whatsoever, and had a lot of visitors come spend time with me, including my kids. They brought me DQ which was awesome because I hadn’t eaten all day. I was thinking at the time, “this is not as bad as I thought it would be.” “I’ll be back to work in no time.” I ended up spending that night in the hospital also, so they could keep an eye on the pain, and have IV antibiotic treatments. Tuesday afternoon I got to go home!

I went home with the instructions not to remove the bandages for at least five days, prescriptions for pain, antibiotics, and an antibiotic cream. I had a follow-up appointment scheduled for two weeks, and no going back to work before then! I was excited to be home, but not thrilled at all about not working. That was until the good drugs they were giving me in the hospital wore off and I was in constant pain. I was taking the pain killers they prescribed but it barely put a dent in the pain for about the first week and a half. It constantly felt like someone had just smashed my fingers with a hammer. I almost always had ice on it, and always had my hand held up above my head to get relief.

I was excited to see what it looked like on the day the bandages could be removed, but I didn’t get past glancing at my thumb. I am pretty squeamish and didn’t even look at the pictures of my fingers until I posted this blog. My wife thankfully is not squeamish, and has been taking excellent care of me. So she had to change my bandages everyday and put new antibiotic on it for about two weeks before I could even bare to look.

Below are some very graphic images of my fingers when the bandages came off the first time. Thank you everyone for all the well wishes and positive comments. I have not received one negative comment since I began. Thank you. I will keep this blog updated and show more pics of how my fingers are healing soon.

This is my thumb on 7/16/16 when bandages came off. Uploading these pics is the first time I have looked at them

Another thumb pic

Here is my index finger. We did not realize the pin was sticking out until this bandage came off.

Another index finger pic

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 12:29 AM

Yikes that is gnarly.
I pray everything heals correctly.
Get well soon.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 12:39 AM

You’re very lucky. I hope you don’t lose feeling in them. I can’t help myself, I’ve got to say it; “be careful!” I know I will.

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 04:42 AM

That is really good news you kept your finger. Healing is going to take quite some time. I didn’t have the damage you did and I still have loss of feeling in all 3 fingers and the thumb recovered. It has gotten better in the past year but smacking any of them accidentally, butts more than normal.
You are also very fortunate to have a strong wife.
Keep up on all healing instructions.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 01:21 PM

Your index finger looks exactly like my middle finger did, pin and all.
I think it will heal real good by the looks of it.
It’s kind of a weird feeling when they pull the pin out, don’t worry though it doesn’t hurt.
Now that my finger doesn’t bend, I have to be careful opening certain doors. If I pull my hand away from the handle to fast my finger gets stuck. haha

It’s been around 15 years for mine and I don’t even notice, except for trying to pick up change off a table, that’s kind of weird…

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#5 posted 08-02-2016 05:20 PM

ouch! Thank you for the updates. I hope you get feeling better soon.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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