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4 hours ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@fiesty76 I wouldn't be too worried about walking in the early hours unless the problems have been at that time of day nearby. Remember teenagers are notorious late risers!

5 hours ago · Living with arthritis: How do you stay active? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@fourof5zs ZeeGee – It took close to 2 years for full strength to return to my right hand after CMC surgery, especially the pinching/pulling needed for sewing, etc. I kept up the exercises from therapy for a full nine months at home. This spring I still needed a break every hour of sewing when I was in mask production. Pretty sure knitting and crocheting are in my past as I have had a carpectomy (wrist surgery) as well, which limits range of motion.

I have been washing some dishes one-handed with a brush/wand. Last night I managed to cook most of dinner. As for emptying pockets, I lay the pants on top of the machine & reach into each pocket with my "good" hand. Figured out how to hang clothes on the drying rack, fold most things, etc, but still can't carry the baskets upstairs. The last few days I have managed about 1/2 hour of one-handed weeding each day. Baby steps.

5 hours ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@becsbuddy The other reason cell phones fit with walking is virtual walking buddies. My friend in Illinois has no one to walk with, in a tiny town with little to look at and no alternate routes. So once a week we walk "together" and catch up on our family news. I can also sometimes catch my busy brother between stops in his contracting business and have a quick chat.

20 hours ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@wisco50 @funcountess Yes, I have arthritis, have had a lot of surgeries to repair damage from it. I am on a number of discussions, so it may have been mentioned elsewhere first.

My docs are at Twin Cities Ortho in Minnesota, have been with a number of them in the past 20+ years. They have their own surgery centers, and go to great lengths to keep everything immaculate to reduce infection risks of all sorts. I have also had one of my hand therapists since her children were infants – one has now graduated high school.

Everything is progressing well, now I'm just trying to be patient until I can begin rehab and use it again. After 3 weeks, I managed to mostly prepare dinner tonight. I'm sure my husband is tired of cooking, and we're not going to restaurants yet. I have also figured out how to do laundry and even folding most of it one handed, he just needs to tote the baskets upstairs for me.

@wisco, do you know what technique theybused on your thumb?

1 day ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@artscaping Yes, I wore mine out – combination of arthritis, strenuous work in early years, keyboards, gardening & sewing. I'm left-handed, and you're correct, the right one failed first.The surgery is called CMC Thumb reconstruction. They remove the trapezius bone at the base of the thumb, in my case also part of the next bone due to damage. There are various repair techniques – mine are called the "tightrope" – a clot is placed where the bone is removed, and a nylon line is anchored to the first carpal & the thumb for stability. No tendons (anchovy technique) are involved in this surgery, which makes healing & restrengthening go faster & easier. It was in a cast for 2 weeks, now a full-time (except when sitting watching TV) for 4 weeks, then therapy commences.
So far, so good with the recovery – no pain since the day after surgery – now I just have to behave while it heals.
Good luck deciding when to do yours – I definitely have better use from this technique than friends who had the other, but according to my hand therapist, 50-60% strength and 80% range of motion are considered full recovery – the main goals are pain relief and stability (the one I just had done was totally unstable this spring.)

1 day ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

They're so pretty – it's a shame they can be such a nuisance. My grandson was pointing them out on the wall of our home last week. We seem to have been spared the worst of them, but there were a bunch along the St Croix River last week


1 day ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@funcountess The thumb is healing, but it's a long process – no use for 3 more weeks, except to touch fingertips to thumb 3-4Xday to maintain flexibility. Then 2 weeks stretching therapy followed by 6 weeks PT, followed by months of at-home exercise – takes close to a year for full use to return – as I wait impatiently.

As for the garden, I am now able to weed one-handed for a short time each day, so I pick the worst spot each morning and spend about 30-45 minutes while safely keeping the left hand tucked away. Due to all the new mulch, it still looks pretty good in spite of three weeks passing. I have also figured out how to remove, clean and replace the pond filters each day so it doesn't get nasty – so far, so good as long as I go slowly.

Yes, I quickly leave the main road and head down side streets to stay out of traffic & fumes. The local PD set up nearby yesterday, stopped the big trucks & told them to follow the "official" detour and stay off our little side roads, so I'm thankful. We live between 2 cities & two counties, so no one is willing to take the initiative to put up "Local Traffic Only" or reduced speed limit signs… so we just live with it for 4-6 weeks (hoping for good weather & no delays.)

Tomorrow a friend is coming for a walk in the regional park followed by take-out lunch.

1 day ago · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@imallears Mary – even Minnesota is having tropical weather – temps in the 90's with dew points well in the 70's for days – interspersed with thunder showers. My walks are also early in the morning now, but high speed county road traffic has been diverted to our quiet road due to construction, so I need to find a new, safer route.

I have truly enjoyed watching all the yard and home improvements going on nearby as everyone spent months at home contemplating how they wanted to improve their lives. Surprisingly, most gardens, now growing crazily in the heat, are being kept nicely weeded and trimmed.
Out now to walk. Oops – walk cut short by a pop-up thunderstorm. Will have to go again this evening.