Yesterday Dr. Hurley performed the release operation on my left hand. Everything went very well (I was even quite a bit more awake during the surgery and remember some of it) and I’m now recouperating at home. The pain after surgery with my left hand doesn’t seem to be as bad as the right and since I’m right-handed, having my left hand out of commission will surely be much easier than the right! But, I really stressed myself out trying to get too much done over the last several weeks leading up to this surgery.
Scheduling this second surgery was difficult now that I know to expect a longer recovery period. I had to finish moving out of my old studio first and then need to be recovered enough to lift heavy objects in order to move into my new studio at the end of October. Plus, I need to be able to productively create more inventory for the One of a Kind Show in Chicago in early December that I’ll be exhibiting at. So, it was either late this week or wait until next year. Of course we had “super-sized” our healthcare coverage for this year so that these two surgeries would be fully covered and hadn’t planned to continue at that level next year. So I feel like I just squeaked it into a pretty narrow window.
The good news is that my studio move (temporarily into my house) is complete and I got the front sun room that I’ll be using as my studio space further renovated (insulation installed and 75% of the drywall hung – THANK YOU, Steve, for helping with that!). I actually hope to be painting in there some by Monday… but for now, I’m going to get some rest.
My rather swollen left hand resting on my icepack this morning… it will be nearly two weeks before this bandage comes off and the stitches come out!