Thursday, April 2, 2009

Castless

I apologize for the lack of updates about Jon's hand/finger. There just wasn't much to report on. Last week Jon was given some new exercises. I tried to look pictures up online of what they wanted him to do. I found this. This is the closest I could find.
We'll number them left to right: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. They had him doing #2 and #5 in hopes that soon he will be able to do #4. The only bad news that he got was that his tendon is stuck to his skin where the incision was made (don't worry, gory details stop there). He has to continue doing "scar massage". They try to make it sound like it's something that feels good... but according to the faces and pain noises that Jon makes... it's not fun at all. The Doc is hoping that the tendon will pop away from the skin in the near future. This is really limiting his motion right now- but every day get's better!

This last Wednesday he went to the physical therapist and he told Jon that he doesn't need to wear his "fishing gear" splint anymore. However, during the day, if he get's tired or is hurting- he can put on his splint that he wears to bed. The therapist is encouraging him to try typing with all 10 fingers vs. the 6 that he has gotten used to :-) Next week he get's to visit the plastic surgeon (aka: Dr. Cool) so he can see how Jon has been progressing. Then he also get's to visit the therapist 2x next week. That's the first time he'll be going there for more than just his weekly visit. They may put him in a different splint next week, but they're still unsure.

All in all- Jon is doing very well and he can do a little more. He was excited yesterday that he could finally put his left arm through his jacket sleeve... oh the small things that you really take for granted. Thank you for all your prayers. We have been so blessed and we are grateful that he wasn't injured more seriously.

2 comments:

Clyde J Criddle said...

Jon - remember the little song you can sing as you bend your fingers - "Exercises, exercises, we must do our exercises"?

Garrett and Jessica said...

Wow... had no idea Jon got into this crazy mess! I had to go back a few posts to update myself on the madness. How unfortunate! That is one crazy contraption you've got on your hand there, I must say.

Here's to a speedy recovery! :)