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Well we went to the doctor's this morning. (Can you feel the frustration coming?)
DH was supposed to be having an abscess in the knuckle of his right middle finger cleaned out. The doctor told him ahead of time it will be sore for a couple days but that should be it.
What actually happened is they opened it up and found scar tissue on his tendon and to remove it they had to cut the tendon. He came out of the back 45 minutes later wrapped from his fingertips to his wrist. It has to be immobilized for two weeks. His thumb and index finger are usable. But we had to go back twice to have it rewrapped because it was too tight/felt wrong.
This is a far cry from what was expected. We are not complaining it needed to be done. The biggest problem is he farms. Trying to keep a farmer down is like trying to stop a Mac Truck with a feather. He has no restrictions other than keep it dry and don't move it. If it is something he can do comfortably he can do it. When I dye my hair green don't anybody wonder why. He's going to drive me nuts overdoing for the next couple days and I'm going to drive him nuts checking up on what he's doing. (insert loud long sigh scream here)
And did i mention I am out of adult beverages? Still!

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Comment by Sheryl / MI on July 24, 2009 at 5:19am
Well, at least he still has his hand!! You will get through this Marty, just keep telling yourself that and practice counting to 10 as often as possible. And remember, nagging is what a woman does best!
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 23, 2009 at 11:37pm
Marty, Do you remember the old saying,"Boys will be boys" well remeber that those boys grow up to be men and the saying is still correct because they are just bigger aggravationists. Get you an extra large bottle of asprins and take one every time you think about it or him.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 23, 2009 at 8:43pm
I'm enjoying all the stories about our DH's here! LOL It's not funny, at the time, but sitting back and reading the adventures you gals have and are going through..... what a hoot! There have been some very creative solutions too (and yes, I am from the "thong" generation that really knows what a thong should be -- foot wear). Marty, I hope your DH heals quickly and well and that you can keep your sanity through it all.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on July 23, 2009 at 8:09pm
Marty, I feel for you my friend. My husband severed the tendon and muscle between his thumb and index finger a few years ago when someone who was supposed to be helping him, dropped a stove on him. He called me from the ER and said, "Hi, I can only talk a minute, I'm gonna be a little late getting home. I'm okay, I'll call you after the Dr. stitches me up." When I asked him where he was and what happened, he just said he'd tell me all about it later, then he had to go, the Dr. was coming in. Then he hung up! Many hours later, a strange truck pulled in the driveway and out pops my husband. One of the workers from the job brought him home while one of the other guys dropped off his truck. The superintendent on the job site, sent them with my DH to drive him to the ER and home. They all figured it would be better if the "Senora not come to drive the truck home!" Neither of the guys spoke English, but they manage to communicate well with my DH. There stood my DH, wrapped from fingertip to shoulder, weaving on his feet from the surgery and the painkiller that the plastic surgeon had given him while he reattached his thumb! He had called me as he was going into surgery, the "guys" had to drive him home! He was supposed to be immobile, clean, and DRY for 6 weeks, I think it lasted all of 2 days! He is a carpenter, he gets dirty, he had to work! We managed to wrap him up in a garbage bag with duct tape to keep him dry. But the immobile part was interesting to watch. He did manage to do it though, and he did regain the use of the thumb although he doesn't have full feeling in the skin anymore. Nothing slowed him down! So good luck with yours! Go ahead and scream, won't do you a bit of good, but it might make you feel better! The green hair thing I would probably think twice about though, LOL! Make him go grocery shopping for the adult beverages, maybe it'll keep him off the tractor! Good luck with that! I hope he heals quickly and everything is okay. Keep us posted.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on July 23, 2009 at 5:36pm
Marty--I feel for both of you. I hope your DH recovers quickly. I would suggest hiding both his shoes and his underwear, but it doesn't sound like that would faze him--and the consequences might make your non-existent adult beverages even more desirable.
Comment by Patricia, VA on July 23, 2009 at 5:32pm
MEN! my DH was hit by a pickup truck and had head injuries, when the ambulance got there he wanted to know what time it was because he had to go to work. He was in intensive care for 2 wks and in rehab for a month and when he got out of rehab he went back to work, didn't have a clue what he was doing. Thank God he is okay now. That was 13 yrs ago. He is retired now and still never stops.
Hope everything works out for you. Maybe you could hog tie him down. LOL
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 23, 2009 at 3:50pm
I can relate. Keeping men in agriculture medically compliant is nearly impossible.

My DH broke his ankle one year while pasture doctoring a cow. They casted his leg and told him to stay off it. Sure. After about oh, day 2, he took an old thick, rubber-bottomed flip-flop (we called them thongs back then, but we won't go there), cut off the straps and duct-taped it to the bottom of his cast so he wouldn't get the bottom of the cast dirty while he was out working. If that wasn't noncompliant enough, while he was out checking cattle (fortunately on an ATV rather than a horse), he hit a fence post with one of his metal crutches and bent it (the crutch, not the post).

Good luck.

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