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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

I've heard that squeezing and repeatedly lifting an old fashioned glass filled with scotch is a good hand exercise.

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I guess I should change the thread title to something about the Canadian healthcare system since I am back in the Great White North. The trip was long was very long, about 11,000 miles with four flights. If you get to fly with Qatar Airways I very much recommend it. Customer service was great and the food was the best I have ever had on an airplane. Their price was $500 less than anyone else's even though they flew we further (got to see Doha). I guess I am not the only one to complain about TSA screening, but here is one more. At Washinton Dulles they decided they wanted me to take off my sling (plus shoes and belt). Then he decides that he has to X-ray the sling (piece of cloth, some Velcro and two metal rings). Then I had to try to figure out how to put the sling on. Well I couldn't so ended up holding my arm up for the last hour of 25 in the air.

My son and stepson took me right to the hospital - I figured I was so tired iit was probably easier to just keep going. Saw young energ doctor and young plastic surgeon (are doctors getting younger or am I just missing something). They confirmed the South African diagnosis and treatment and I have an appointment with the head of the Univ of Toronto Hand Program (I am guessing he is over 30) who is a plastic surgeon. Apparently the approach will be to see what skin connects and then work on the dead stuff ( I like the word dead rather the doctorspeak necrotic). I asked the plastic surgeon if we were looking at weeks or months for something like full recovery which is encouraging for continuing our trip this year.

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Congrats on a safe flight home - despite your 'obvious' terrorist leanings

The rest sounds encouraging. Keep in touch!

Oh.. did the trip down the coast go well?

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(are doctors getting younger or am I just missing something).
Doctors and cops are getting younger every year.

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I've heard that squeezing and repeatedly lifting an old fashioned glass filled with scotch is a good hand exercise.
I have been on antibiotics and painkillers since the accident and both mean no drinking. Was between courses of antibiotics last night and easing off painkillers so stopped at the SN Toronto Boat Show get-together (not the actual show) so had one beer on the way to the hospital for a dressing change.
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The hand will do well the x factor is how much PT time you will need to get full use


Suffice to say it was a good think bone was in the way to stop the cutting and i only severed one tendon

I guess the fact that i know the number one hand guy and it was cut at 11 am and repaired at 6 pm helped



As we approach one year at this point only i know i ever cut it and still have to do some daily exercise but i have good use of the hand again

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That was a phenomenally skilled surgeon. That before shot turned my stomach - to have it completely disappear so quickly is remarkable.

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I was taking pictures durning the surgery but that really freaks people out

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I haven't been taking pictures along the way, perhaps I should, but it would have turned some stomachs at various stages. I imagine I will have quite a bit or scarring since there was quite a lot of damage to both front and back of hand, almost the entire surface of each. Unlike your finger I had no tendon damage, but some bruising of the nerves in places. Slow recovery, but remarkable how skillful these people are and how caring. My therapist has been terrific.

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An update for those who are following my medical soap opera. If i had to sail now i could but my left hand is stii quite weak and has lots of internal scar tissue, not to mention extensive scarring on the surface, back and front, that will get somewhat better but will always be there. Mainroblems are the web between thumb and index finger which is tighter than normal since it was seriously damaged and when sewn together is just too short. Also the baby finger does not bend far enough and is quite weak.

Saw the doctor on Monday and he wants to do surgery on the web and little finger after a reach the limits of recovery through therapy and doing exercises frequently during the day. No date yet, but likely in July with more therapy after that. Glad to be treated by a doctor and therapist who only work on hands. Also, glad that I don't have to pay for this.

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