This morning I had an appointment with the surgeon to remove the wires from my finger. I was dreading this procedure but it turned out to be essentially a non-event. I didn’t even feel the first wire come out and with the second I just felt a bit of a pull when the last bit was removed.
This picture, which was taken two weeks ago, shows the two wires protruding from my little finger:
I was surprised to see just how long those wires were!
Overall the surgeon is pleased with how my finger looks; the swelling is less and the bruising almost gone. He said my finger would be quite stiff for a while and sent me off to the hand therapy unit to have my finger wrapped and to get some hand and finger exercises.
I need to keep my finger bandaged for a few more days until the holes from the wires heal up and then all the bandages are done with. I still need to protect my finger as the healing is not done yet and will take another three to four weeks. So I have been instructed to wear the splint out in public but when at home I just need to keep the finger bound to the one beside it.
The next stage of healing is getting the functionality back to my finger and my hand. I have been given two sets of exercises that must be done every two hours. They are easy exercises but at this point I can barely move my little finger plus I have a lot of difficulty with the finger beside it as it has been bound to the little finger all this time.
Essentially all is going well. Gotta run, my timer is telling me it’s time to exercise…..