No, really! I saw the surgeon today, and that's just what he's going to do--cut into my hand/wrist and cut through the carpal tunnel sheath to free up the nerves. I don't have a date for surgery yet--next we wait for approval by the workers' comp insurance company and then schedule the surgery. Right now, it looks like it will probably happen around mid to late June.
You know what that means? From the time of surgery, it will be six to eight weeks before I'll be able to use my right hand. I figure a couple weeks into it, I'll wish the doctor had slit my wrist in a BAD way, because not only will I not be able to sew or type very well, but I understand I won't be able to do all the other things in life that most of us take for granted--stuff like pulling up my pants. And who's going to clean my house? At least dishwashing has never been my "chore" so I won't have to give that up, but the rest isn't going to be easy.
The surgeon tells me that given the measurements in my left hand, I'm a candidate for surgery on that one too, but I'm not really suffering any functional limitations in the left hand right now, so we'll put that off. Once I return to work and full time typing, if the left hand starts to bother me, we'll try a cortisone injection, but he said the right hand is probably too far gone for a cortisone injection to be very helpful.
Anyway, when surgery is scheduled, I'll let everyone know, because after surgery, I'm not sure how often I'll be typing posts with my left hand for awhile. ARGH! Maybe I'll also post a volunteer sign-up sheet for things like cleaning my house, pulling up my pants, tying my shoes, etc. Seriously, though, if you've had this surgery on your dominant hand, do you have any tips to help me get through it without going crazy? Your assistance is greatly appreciated!