I am typing, at the moment, one-handed. My left arm is in a rigid cast bent at the elbow and in a sling. What fantastic surgery! I got a nerve block right in the shoulder – watching the ultrasound screen as they did it – and it almost immediately went to sleep. I couldn’t feel a thing from the upper point of my shoulder down to the tips of my fingers.
I still haven’t seen the stitches because they are wrapped in bandages, but those come off Tuesday when I see the surgeon again. The block was so thorough that I didn’t get any feeling back – anywhere on my arm – for 12 hours. I was kept in the hospital overnight to forestall any infections and then released Friday. It felt strange to have those fingers hanging out there from the wrapping and not be able to feel my touching them with my good hand. It felt like someone else’s hand.
I had to give up the waterbed temporarily because I couldn’t get up out of it. What was so amazing was that at no time was there any real pain. I got painkillers, but stopped taking them because they had codine in them. Codine and I don’t get along. It makes my stomach upset, I get the sweats, and mt BP goes up a bit.
This whole thing is going to cost me $3.75 though – for the food I ate.