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Managing two children after carpal tunnel decompression surgery

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negrilbaby Tue 31-May-11 20:58:25

I am due to have carpal tunnel decompression surgery on my right hand in a couple of months at which point DD will be 14 months and DS 3 years. Does anyone have any experience of this surgery? DH will be able to take a couple of weeks off work but after that I'll be coping on my own - is this going to be possible?
Any advice greatfully accepted.

eightytwenty Tue 31-May-11 21:24:10

Hi - I had this done on both my hands, the first was at a similar stage to you (with the added complexity of a DH who'd just been run over and had lost the use of his RH - now recovered thank goodness!). Don't worry too much. Both ops were painless, and I had NO pain afterwards at all. I did sleep very well after taking preventative dyhydrocodeine for a day or so, but it really wasn't necessary. You'll probably really be out of action for a few days - until you can replace the dressing (day 3 from memory).

Stock up your freezer as things like peeling veg was a bit tricky. Good excuse not to do nappy changes for a few days too.

Happy to answer any specific questions you have, but am sure you'll find this as lot better than you're probably expecting (I did).

negrilbaby Tue 31-May-11 21:28:54

Thanks for that.
My main worry is coping with DD. She's a heavy little thing. I'm still breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Am I going to be able to lift her?

eightytwenty Tue 31-May-11 21:31:51

Yes I think so - but I can't remember how I did it as you probably don't want to lift under the arms to pick her up.

AngelDog Wed 01-Jun-11 20:12:41

I've not had surgery, but have had some similar problems with my wrists / arms. I try to lift my DS by putting one arm under his knees and one arm around his back, so he's in a kind of V shape in front of my body, sideways on to me. It's a lot less strain than lifting under the arms.

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