A tale of two thumbs – Part I

Those of you following my blog will remember that I sprained my wrist eight weeks ago while attending the US Pond Hockey Championships.  And being my dominant hand it’s been an exercise in patience, of which I sometimes haven’t had a lot of.  But what was originally diagnosed as a sprain has since proved to have been a break.  A few weeks ago I found out that I had broken one of the bones in my right arm below the wrist, the ulna.  Good news was that the break was healing.  Bad news was that my thumb wasn’t working right.  If you look at the photo, the thumb on the left is giving a good “thumbs-up” whereas the thumb on the right is unable to flex up and back.  (For you photographers, yes, I did flip the photo.  It is my right thumb that is the problem thumb.)  I could use my left hand and pull my right thumb back without any problems, but I could not get the muscles and tendons to do it on its own.  After multiple doctor visits, I was informed that I have a ruptured tendon in my thumb as a result of the break in my arm.  No amount of physical therapy will be of any help — the only solution is surgery.  I’ve since learned that we have one tendon in our thumb, however we have two tendons in each of our fingers (although we really only need one).  The surgery to repair my thumb, called an EIP to ELP tendon transfer, involves taking one of the tendons from the finger and moving it over to replace the ruptured tendon of my thumb.   So this coming Friday I’m scheduled to have my thumb repaired.  Hopefully in about six weeks I’ll be able to give a 2-thumbs-up and have it really work right!

2 thoughts on “A tale of two thumbs – Part I

  1. Linda Yoo March 13, 2011 / 11:44 am

    Linda; I will be thinking of you. Glad you were able to schedule it so quickly!

  2. joani March 13, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    UFFDA Thousand times………..Thinking of a photography or piano player………Good shot to renew in several weeks…….

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