聆聽和祝福是最好的支持

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是的,我已決定在下星期四(30/4/15)為左手動個小手術(Left hand – Carpal Tunnel Release on the Wrist and Trigger finger release on my middle finger,  Injection for Right Hand CTS)

除了告知幾位顧客請假和親朋好友,我沒有告訴大多數的朋友,不是自我封閉,而是近來我老覺得人生最大的負能量,除了是我的健康,就是來自身邊,自以為是“朋友”的人。

當我雙手帶著CTS Brace出現在公眾場合時,大夥都好奇的詢問我的“病情”,我解釋了又解釋(說到好累呀),當說到要動手術時,不了解我病情的因由和嚴重性,大多數人的反應是“不要動手術啦,後果是 。。。”, 然後是”介紹你去見 xxxx”, 或“介紹你吃 xxxx”。我聽到心煩不已,結果睡不好覺血壓上升到160/120,最後忍不住打電話去煩Dr Pa了,談了整個小時,最後拍板聽Dr Ranjit Gill的意見盡快動手術。

自從我最信任的Dr Karuna退休後,老巴、Young和MY應該是最了解我病情和可以談健康的朋友了。跟 Young 一起陪月妹走過人生最後的一段日子,我們都知道病人最需要的是“聆聽、祝福和扶持”,而不是自以為是的介紹“醫療方法”,更不是喋喋不休的“好心叮嚀”。老巴是一位仁心仁術的退休醫生,他總愛說他最大的責任是看好社運分子的健康,那我們才能打倒霸權醫治這個社會。 他們總能在我最煩操和無助時聆聽我的心聲和給我指引。

我不知道這次的醫療決定是否正確(就像3年前我決定做RAI一樣,後果難預測)?不過這次我還是願意跟隨“心裡的聲音”,信任醫生的復建計劃,一步一步來換取我的健康。

聆聽和祝福,就是給我最好的支持。

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of hand numbness and pain. Many studies show that women have a significantly higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome than men, and older people are at higher risk than younger adults. CTS also accounts for the highest average number of days lost at work, when compared to all other major work-related injuries or illnesses.”

“As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, you may begin to notice weakness in your thumb and first two fingers, and it may be difficult to make a fist or grasp objects. You may find yourself dropping things, or you may have trouble doing things like holding a utensil or buttoning your shirt.”

That’s the reason Dr Ranjit is worried about my CTS than my right hand’s De Quervain’s tendinitis. I was diagnosed with moderate-severe CTS condition (left hand is worse than righ hand) based on Nerve Construction Test. CTS symptoms over the longer term can permanently damage nerves and atrophy the muscles at the base of the thumb at the palm if left untreated. Ultimately, I may at risk of lost my fingers mobility permanently😦

In acute cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a surgical remedy called “transverse carpal ligament release” is called for, -a surgical cutting of the transverse carpal ligament. This surgical procedure removes pressure from the median nerve. This procedure is highly effective but requires months of post-operative recovery time and rehabilitation. It is considered to be a last resort, one best to avoid unless all other strategies have been tried and exhausted.

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I was diagnosed with de quervain’s tendonitis by doing the Finkelstein test. Arrow indicates location of pain when wrist-tendonitis  test is positive.

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