At the ER, all agreed I needed stitches. And a tetanus shot, antibiotics and x-rays. Now, I realized I could not bend or extend my thumb - that was very concerning. While waiting on x-rays to see if garden debris was preventing my thumb from moving, I asked the staff if I could go outside to see the rise of the "super moon". They laughed and agreed. What a glorious moon it was!
Four hours after arriving in the ER, I was released with 5 stitches and told I had not cut tendon. However, I needed to see a hand specialist due to the inability to move my thumb. The next morning I called that doc's office. Got an appointment for Thursday.
On Thursday, it took the hand surgeon all of 10 seconds to realize I severed the tendon completely and needed to have hand surgery the next day! Unfortunately, that meant I had to miss attending the Beekman Boys' wedding. :-(
Surgery showed not only did I severe my tendon, I also cut into the bone! The joint had to be debrided, the ends of the tendon found and sutured together. I woke up with a cast and told I would have to wear it for months and have physical therapy for months.
Naturally, it is my right hand! Stitches were removed July 8 and replaced with steri-strips. A new spica splint was made and I was bandaged up again. Under strict orders not to use my right hand as I could easily rupture the tendon repair.
So, no stitching. Not supposed to work in the garden. Did I mention I also have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis?
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