My first surgery was scheduled for December, but I postponed it because I was spending all my time with Mom then. The right hand was "fixed" in May, and since then, what writing I've done has been left-handed hunting and pecking. I'm still having therapy on the right hand but plan to have surgery on the left in August.
If you're reading this, you have access to computers and can look up Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) for yourself, so I won't go into many medical details, but there are a few facts I've learned that I believe writers should know. First, there are treatments that help before surgery becomes necessary. (I ignored symptoms until they were severe.)
Second, if surgery is necessary, its success is somewhat limited by the degree of infirmity in the hands. Third, the surgery isn't always successful and is not so minor as I thought. Frequently, six months to ten months pass before recuperation is considered complete and the surgeon knows how much success there has been.
When a gal reaches my age, a scar or so is not going to be as upsetting as to ladies who receive scars that interfere with their bikinis. In CTS, the scars will be either on the wrist or the palm of the hand. I'm pleased that my surgeon makes the incision at the bottom of the palm instead of on the wrist. I think it's less noticeable and won't ever be mistaken for a suicide attempt. Besides, when the brace comes off, these will be scars that can be shown off without having to remove any clothing. The doctor did tell me that though the incision was less than an inch and a half, he lifts the skin and actually operates about four or five inches in length.
Until we meet again, take care of … YOU!
Note: Two weeks ago, I promised this week would be more about pseudonyms,but I've been too busy to finish the research, so that will come later.