Back to Work

I finished my physical therapy on Thursday, had my doctor fax my release info on Friday, and I am due to start back at work on Monday. Not that I EVER want to be stabbed in any way again, but I will say that having the time off work was a major stress relief once my hand started to feel better. I was able to clean the house and do laundry when it wasn’t the weekend, have dinner ready with little stress, and catch up on some reading that I wanted to do. It will be nice to have a dual income again, though. Furniture, paint, decorative items…these things annoyingly require money. Below are some pictures of the things that they had for me to do in physical therapy. Click to enlarge.

Acupuncture needles to go in my scar. The scar tissue gets little blood flow, and this helps stimulate it.
Acupuncture needles to go in my scar. The scar tissue gets little blood flow, and this helps stimulate it.
She leaves these in for about 10 minutes. The worst part is when they go in. After that, I didn't feel them very much.
She leaves these in for about 10 minutes. The worst part is when they go in. After that, I didn’t feel them very much.
Ultrasound machine and gel. When she first started to use this on me, it was pretty painful because the nerve was still starting to reconnect and was more sensative. By the end, it just tingled a little bit.
Ultrasound machine and gel. When she first started to use this on me, it was pretty painful because the nerve was still starting to reconnect and was more sensitive. By the end, it just tingled a little bit.
Each color clip had a different amount of pressure. I had to work my way up to the dark colors, putting them all on the rod then back 3 times per visit.
Each color clip had a different amount of pressure. I had to work my way up to the dark colors, putting them all on the rod then back 3 times per visit. To the right of it is a little machine used for scar massage.
Both of these items use velcro for resistence. The cubes I had to pick up with my thumb and put back with my thumb and forefinger to build strength and practice pinching. The roller velcro was to build the same things and put in rolling movement.
Both of these items use velcro for resistance. The cubes I had to pick up with my thumb and put back with my thumb and forefinger to build strength and practice pinching. The roller velcro was to build the same things and put in rolling movement.
The weights and putty added strength. I had to pull the putty 30x and squish it with my thumb 30x per visit. It used to make me sweat because my thumb was so weak, and it took a lot of effort.
The weights and putty added strength. I had to pull the putty 30x and squish it with my thumb 30x per visit. It used to make me sweat because my thumb was so weak, and it took a lot of effort. There were multiple other small items in that basket, many using rubber bands for resistance, that I used each visit.
On the left is the Parrafin wax that I would dip my hand in at the beginning of visits. It would then be wrapped in plastic, put in a mit, then wrapped in an electric heater for 10 minutes to soften the scar and heat it before exercises. If I didn't use the wax, I used the Fluidotherapy macine on the right, a big box that you put your arm in. When turned on, it blows air and ground up corn all over your hand and arm like a dry whirlpool, and it heats up to about 110 degrees.
On the left is the Parafin wax that I would dip my hand in at the beginning of visits. It would then be wrapped in plastic, put in a mit, then wrapped in an electric heater for 10 minutes to soften the scar and heat it before exercises. If I didn’t use the wax, I used the Fluidotherapy macine on the right, a big box that you put your arm in. When turned on, it blows air and ground up corn all over your hand and arm like a dry whirlpool, and it heats up to about 110 degrees.

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