Five days after carpel tunnel surgery I have:
Walked along the waterfront using a gutter frame, twice
Transferred independently from the bed to to wheelchair and back
Transferred independently from the wheelchair to the gutter frame and back
Transferred from the chair to the floor for a bit of crawling
Stood up from the wheelchair to stand up at the bathroom vanity
Emptied the leg bag myself
Done standing exercise ….
Plus all the other things that anybody can do after carpel tunnel surgery:
Used a fork and spoon easily
Tied my shoelaces
Taken off my socks and shoes
Placed the Odstock electrodes after having retrieved them from their ziplock and zipped bag, then remove them and put them away
Squeezed and pinched my fingers and thumbs
Made a fist … And heaps of other things like cleaning my teeth, wiping my face, combing my hair, putting on moisturiser
Every day everything is stronger, but there are a few goals that will be a little way off, like being able to put my all weight down through my hands on to the crutch handles – that will likely be the final challenge!
Whew! So far, so much better than I had expected!
My surgeon didn’t refer me to a hand physiotherapist or give me exercise to do after the surgery so I found some good web sites to help me.