I had my operation yesterday. Decompression of the ulnar nerve in my left arm.
They made the incision near my elbow, and the wound is bandaged and padded so much that I am walking around with my arm at a 45 degree angle and feeling like a Thunderbird puppet!
The op went well. A very nice wound they said and more straight forward than they expected.
It will take many months before I find out how well it has worked, but it should at least get rid of the pins and needles and pain. Whether I get back the use of my hand and digits properly is another matter. But I’m grateful for any relief.
I’m back at hospital tomorrow for a check up, and hopefully they will be able to remove most of the padding.
The staff at Burnley General Hospital were great. Even though they were busier than usual due to staff shortages and more emergency admissions. I certainly was made to feel more than just a statistic.
The first cup of coffee after the op and about eight hours of dehydration tasted like nectar. I was also treated to a ham sandwich.
The next step will be physio. Thankfully the main department for this is at Accrington Pals Health Centre, where my doctors are based, so that’s very convenient.