UPDATE: regarding my husband Don's hand/wrist

It's been awhile since I updated. You'll recall that he had a terrible, debilitating accident in June (17th), involving his right, dominant hand/wrist.

He is progressing very s-l-o-w-ly. We work with the OT (occupational therapist) at the VA now only twice a week. I still continue his therapy at home 2-3 times a day, seven days a week.
(We both preferred the three times per week OT sessions.)

For those who don't know, he severed the radial artery, median nerve, flexor tendon, many other nerves, vessels and tendons... resulting in a massive blood loss (I nearly lost him!), and loss of the use of his thumb, first finger, second finger and half the ring finger.

Ultra-sensitivity in part of the palm is now one of many current issues. What is luke warm to you and I is excruciatingly hot to him. What is comfortably cool for us is painfully freezing cold to him. Textures also can send him to the ceiling.

While we continue to flex and stretch and manipulate, the DIP's (fingertips) still will not cooperate. He cannot feel things, and has to look at what he is doing. There is, still, after 4 1/2 months, some edema that comes and goes.

He used to describe his entire right hand and wrist as being in a baseball glove, ie, try to bend your fingers in one!
He now describes the 'feeling' as 1/2 of his hand being bound or wrapped in duct-tape. Again, try bending and manipulating your fingers like that!

Issues with his shoulder are now appearing. We are quite certain that the fall also resulted in a tear in the rotator-cuff.

For a finish-carpenter who was also highly artistic, this all has been ... in a word, devastating.

The entire incident is directly related to the chronic fatigue he has endured since undergoing treatment for Lymphoma.

We thank you all for your healing energies and prayers. We will see the surgeon again in December, at which time he'll evaluate and recommend our next course of treatment and action.

On a side-note, because Don IS a Service-Connected disabled Veteran, we are seeking an increase of his current disability of 40% to a more reasonable percentage. This is a long process, and in the meantime the wait, while his case is being decided, along with our inability to work, both due TO the injury AND being in treatment, has affected us severely, financially.

We both remain positive, and ask your continued prayers for both of us.

Love and Light,
Noreen

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Comment by Rev.Theresa Helton (Moonraven) on November 3, 2009 at 5:15pm
Doing a candle spell for you guys tonight. Blessed Be.
Comment by Maven Noreen on November 3, 2009 at 5:23pm
Blessed BE and thank you, Teri!
I neglected to mention that Don gets "travel-pay" from the VA, and the cut from 3 days down to 2 also affects us...
I love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Comment by Robinlee Barber on November 3, 2009 at 10:32pm
My prayers are with you and your husband.Mine is a disabled Viet Nam Vet who is also with Agent Orange.We understand what you are going thru and I want you to know you have a new friend here.
My Warmest Blessings to you both,
Silverose
Comment by Maven Noreen on November 3, 2009 at 10:53pm
Blessed BE and Thank YOU, RobinLee/Silverrose! Don is a VietNam vet (Navy) and agent orange was the cause of his Lymphoma.
He was 100% while under care, they dropped him to zero as soon as treatment was done, we fought for the 40% for a a long time before receiving it as a residual ...
Merry meet, happy TO meet you!
Bright blessings,
Noreen
Comment by Maven Noreen on November 3, 2009 at 11:04pm
::thunk:: (that's me, clunking my head!) Don is 'cured' now, after 5 years remission... the Oncologist gave us the word in Sept, but it's not officially official till Dec 3....

PS, give you husband my thanks and admiration. I'm SO big on Veterans issues, especially our forgotten Vietnam Vets....

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