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Lady Rider – Carpal Tunnel Recovery

Good Morning! How was everyone’s weekend/Father’s Day?

We live in Florida and it has been a very wet few weeks. Its officially been a whole month since I had Carpal Tunnel release surgery on my right hand.

You know as a motorcycle rider, that’s a pretty important hand. Those who drive a motorcycle know this, but for my non-rider friends, with your right hand you control the throttle aka the gas and your front brakes.

I have to say, I didn’t expect it to take this long to recover. I am mostly chalking it up to “the older you get, the longer it takes” theory. I am not saying I like it, but I haven’t ridden my bike in 3 months. I’ve been a passenger a few times, but haven’t driven because of various reasons that include carpal tunnel issues and the after effects or recovery from this surgery.

90% of the carpal tunnel issues I was having before is completely gone! Thank Goodness!

I am wearing a compression glove during the day mostly to help with swelling. Once it starts to swell then it gets really sore. I’ve been also using a 3lb weight ball to try and strengthen my hand and to help the scar tissue flatten out.

So I went for a nice easy 40 minute ride down to Harley to buy a new rain suit; I know you get what you pay for but those things are expensive!

My hand was pretty sore after that first leg of the ride which I expected, “No Pain, No Gain”, right? I did have the compression glove on. It felt like I had a rubber ball (the size of the ones you get in a gumball machine, hell I can’t recall seeing those anymore lol) stuffed in my glove all the while working that throttle and brake. I worked through it, because that’s what we do, right?

So we bought the suit and headed back the way we came because the rain clouds were building. We did get wet but not the worst we ever experienced. I took the glove off this time to see if that helped, at first it did but overall, No.

So here we are on the verge of our yearly motorcycle trip and I will not be taking my bike. Poor Aengus is going to have to sit this one out.

Overall, this recovery has been slower than I expected but, it has been a relief without all the other issues from the carpal tunnel.

Stay tuned for my blog posts on this years trip, it’s going to be Epic!

We are going to UpState New York briefly, Boston/Danvers, Washington D.C. and Charlotte, NC in a little more than 2 weeks. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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Left handed Adventure – Bandages Off!

Finally! The bandages came off and the 5 stitches are out! Woo!!! hoo!!!

10 days since surgery and I have to wait another 24 hours before I can fully wash my hand. Lol

Overall, my hand feels pretty good. It mostly feels like a sprain, nothing a light brace couldn’t help.

What an interesting experience it’s been. Using my non-dominent hand was quite commical at times, even my eyesight seemed to be affected.

I did try to use my bum hand a few times which became a serious self correcting issue. Lol

I learned how to brush my teeth, wash my hair and button my pants left handed.

I have some serious respect for anyone that has a missing limb.

Apparently the Universe saw fit to show me another view point. It’s like some of the stories you see where people live in a wheelchair…

bottomline my eyes have been opened.

Left handed Adventure – Day 3

Ok Back to Work…

So driving wasn’t a big deal, this I am used to. Driving left handed because my right hand would spasm and go numb. But, starting the car, putting my seatbelt on and shifting the car into Reverse and Drive was a whole nother ball of wax. By the time I get to the office I REALLY need more coffee. β˜•

To top off my Monday, I’ve started on a diet and have a new steps goal of 8k.

So let’s get this started…left hand the right hand mouse…yes I know I can change it but I don’t want to go to the trouble. Which means my desk gets awkward real quick. Lol

Lunch time, I make a run to the phone store, yup seriously dumb idea but I don’t shy away from challenges.

Now picture this, I have my giant purse, 2 phones (old and new are exchanging information lol), the bag o’stuff for the new phone and my car keys. Now, I need to dump all this stuff in the backseat and the vehicle parked next to me is a little too close. So I squeeze in the space and all I have available is my index finger on my bad hand available…you know where this is going right? Yep, you guessed it, I attempted to open the damn car door with that finger.

Attempted is the keyword here…because as I did my other fingers tried to help also and BAM!

It hurt so bad I wanted to cry, I jumped around like I was having a hallelujah moment waving my arm in the air! πŸ™

I managed to go to the otherside of my car, dumped everything in the front passenger seat then shimmied myself into the driver seat. Crap! I still have to put my seatbelt on and start the car and shift the damn thing!

All the while, my hand is still preaching hellfire and brimstone!!! I am talking back to it in tongues and praising Jesus too!

I managed to get back to the office and took a couple tylenol and got the ice pack on my hand, that was the biggest self correcting moment to date!

But on a better note, I did get 8,600 steps for the dayβ£πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Left handed Adventure – Day 2

What a Day! I really am convinced that I am exercising my non dominate side of my brain. Even my vision seems off, no, that isn’t due to pain meds. Speaking of, I am only taking tylenol and using an ice pack for discomfort.

I tried folding towels. I ended up laying them on the table to fold them like I did as a kid. It was a slow process. I even attempted to hang up clothes, those hangers that have the clips on them were apparently to complicated for my mirror world. (That was a book/TV series reference, anyone want to take a guess?)

Later in the day, I tried my hand at vacuuming…total amature job, but it was better than nothing. The area rugs were nearly impossible to do, once that suction grabbed it even throwing my hip into didn’t really help. I did get a good workout.

I recognized just how weak my left arm really is, I’ll just have to work on that.

The most commical thing of the day was showering. First, I had to make my bad arm as waterproof as possible. I did this with a ziploc bag, old sock with the toe cut off, a grocery bag and an elastic hairband…I’ll let you imagine the ingenuity for this process. Lol ok, so I get in there, everything’s working fine until I realize… I CANT WASH MY LEFT ARM!

I started giggling, what else could I do πŸ˜†

Day 3 is going to be interesting, going to work and driving…stay tuned!

Left Handed Adventure – Day 1

So I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand yesterday. I thought I was prepared to be able to use only one hand, my left hand. So, since I’m sort of out of commission for my normal routine I thought I’d give this a go. Lol

I am attempting to type left-handed only and use the microphone to jot my thoughts.

Have you used your other hand or non-dominant hand for any length of time?

I’ve had a few surgeries over the last 5 years and have managed to go to the bathroom and that sort of thing by myself, so I figured this wouldn’t be any different.

Today I have managed to brush my teeth which was kind of awkward I don’t think I’ve ever done that before even with my surgery experience, with my left hand. The funniest thing so far today was blowing my nose. I think just for a giggle, you should try blowing your nose with only one hand and your non-dominant hand at that. 🀣

Somewhere I read it was good to use your non-dominant hand more frequently because that activates the opposite side of your brain. Anyone have any thoughts on this topic?

Its funny sometimes you want to be taken care of, when I have an opportunity like this what do I do? I figure out how to do most of the stuff by myself. LOL I have folded some towels made coffee emptied the dishwasher and now I’m blogging.

Next on my agenda besides more coffee, reading! I hope to finish a couple so I can do a book review, it’s been awhile. And, I need to order a new phone, I finally broke my Samsung 6! I am thinking a Samsung Note…but we’ll see about that.

So I’ve had carpal tunnel for a while now and have been babying my hand and arm quite a bit. I have managed to do most of the things that I like to do like driving a motorcycle, photography, blogging, crocheting, & things like that. All of that requires good hand dexterity, good grip, and now it had become more of a problem and I had to resort to this minor surgery.

Anybody have any tips and tricks on how to deal with carpal tunnel after surgery? I use a lot of ergonomic items from my desk to my crochet already.

I was going to include a couple of pictures but try taking a selfie with your phone left-handed or non-dominant hand, they don’t come out very good. Lol

But here’s one anyway….just keeping it real 😁