About two days after the removal of her wrist cast, Sara’s right thumb refused to extend. It was not painful and it was not tender and it was not stiff but it also was not obedient; it simply would not lift. No right handed hitch hiking for her!
It turns out that a bone spur, a result of the fractured wrist, gradually sawed the thumb extensor tendon in half. No tendon, no lift. On Wednesday, in an outpatient surgical procedure, Dr. Okawa (a delightful lady, by the way!) took a snippet of tendon from her right forefinger and transplanted it into her right thumb. In a couple months her thumb should be as good as new.
“I love that hospital,” Sara told me. The nurses were wonderful and Dr. Okawa competent and kind and the facility fabulous but what, specifically, made the hospital great in her eyes?
“They gave me this cup,” she said sincerely. A hospital cup. Straw and lid included. Cool! The cup iced the cake, so to speak.
Thumbs up to the cup, thumbs up to the hospital and thumbs up to Sara for smiling through it all!