This is a discussion on Wish Me Good Luck: I See The Hand Surgeon Tomorrow and WARNING (Again)! within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hand Surgeon I met with today had read the MRI and essentially said that joint is all messed up between thumb and wrist, the Basal ...
Hand Surgeon I met with today had read the MRI and essentially said that joint is all messed up between thumb and wrist, the Basal Thumb Joint. This I posted about already; very bad arthritis with injury from shooting triggering the blow-up I had, thumb-bone is out of place, joint now deformed. No surgery now, steroid injections and splint use - and if no relief in a year then they offer surgery on those affected. And he gave me a cortisone injection into the joint today. That can work like magic. And quick. Doesn't repair damage though.
Other hand, same joint is bone on bone, no cartilage left.
No shooting with dominant hand, the real bad one, but I asked him about my left hand and he said "Go for it!" I'll see using low caliber guns. I shot a 9mm with little recoil off-hand, about 20 rounds, and I did have pain after. But the new hand splints I wear on both hands regularly that I was given today look like perfect "gloves" for this condition, thick neoprene-line material and a strap that goes right between the thumb and forefinger where hilt of gun rests. This may help with the left hand shooting low-cal guns.
The Doctor had a great sense of humor and seems to really know what he's doing. And he has a great reputation in my area.
Thanks all for all your support about this suddenly appearing condition. When I asked about why I never felt arthritis the reply was some don't but the S&W 45acp I had just shot for the first time "was the trigger that chased the cat out of the bag, and once the cat is out it won't be going back in".
There is very good post on this thread on Handgun Fit. My suggestion is read it and follow instructions to avoid what I have.
Thanks all Again - you were all a great help when I went today. My sincere thanks. Only shooters could understand how threatening it feels when use of your hands is suddenly in doubt.
Glad surgery isn't required at this time... Cortisone can certainly aid healing... If it doesn't, in a couple of tries, maybe surgery is in order...
For now, shoot as you are able... And heal up.
It could be worse!
Good to know surgery isn't needed at this point. steroid injections may help. Only time will tell. Here's hoping your hand heals with the aid of the splint and injections.
I remember your post about this, something I will remember when purchasing handguns from now on. Best of luck to ya and a speedy + full recovery.
The stupidity of some people NEVER ceases to amaze me.
Detective, you've been PMed, and you're gonna' LIKE what you see! Just the right thing at just the right time!
There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those who describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.
I think I too am late to post a 'good luck' pre-op message now. But I can say, Great Recovery!
To the above ^^^^^ poster.... Yeah, I am actually getting smarter with age....... As my WWII Combat Dad promised I would, as he 'taught me lessons'. God bless him! He was right also.
Where were all you smart guys when I was young, dumb and Marine?
A friend of mine, few years older than me, once said: "The older I get the less I know" (meaning egotistically certain of "being right"). Now I understand what he meant.
PS: For your service for us and for all: sincere thanks! You are to be admired, as are all vets.
Good luck in your recovery Sir...A prayer going up for you...
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
Good luck, heal up quick! Good thing we get 2 hands!
"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" ~ Mark Twain
The VA cancelled my appointment for the 2nd time this month, they said they'll notify me with a new appointment.