Thursday, March 3, 2016

Take Care of Your Thumbs!

Ok, so by the time you are reading this I will be getting my thumb joint replaced due to Basal Thumb Arthritis. Please take care of your thumbs and avoid this!!

SUMMARY in layman's terms:

  • remove trapezium bone
  • use forearm tendon to tie together other bones in there somewhere
  • then wrap the rest of the tendon all up tightly
  • shove it in where bone was removed
  • and that becomes my new joint.

Oh joy, right?

Looks like I will be painting with my left hand for awhile.

Here's a link to the procedure:

Got a minute?  Say a little prayer for my speedy pain-free recovery! Thank you a HANDFUL!!! xoxoxo

For those medically-minded (or just love gore, ha ha) here's an actual video of the procedure (I have friends who love watching this stuff - not me!):

BTW - Rss messed up the last few be sure to read those too on my site. And I have prepped a number of posts to go out while I'm recuperating.

Blessings and Paint On!


  1. Thinking of you today dear Joanie and knowing you will have a speedy recovery! ox Jane

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  3. Oh My Joanie! I will be sending prayers for sure! You deserve the toys and joy will help you heal faster :) IMHO Hey check this out on Facebook, Read Jacques post from yesterday about how she had to learn to use the "wrong" hand. Blessings to you!

  4. Best of luck on your surgery! I have a similar condition (but no operation yet). How long do you expect recovery to take?

  5. Good grief! Sending heartfelt good wishes for a painless and speedy recovery. If only you were still here at the Renaissance, I could be of some real help. Much love from both of us (Ruth and Wayne).


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