It has officially been two weeks since Nate’s surgery. For those of you who haven’t heard one of us talk about it – Nate got in a work accident in June and has not had any feeling in the outside of his left hand since. Nate works with fiber optic cable and reels like this one – for reference. I will let him describe what happened:
Back in June, I was standing on a platform with railings on the front of a large D8 cable plow. The cable plow is used to insert telephone line into the ground. I was spinning a large reel of cable when the back of my elbow hit the steel railing and the reel continued to spin – pinching my elbow all the way to my wrist. I thought I broke my arm at first.
On the 28th of December, Nate had an Ulnar Nerve Transposition. Basically, they moved his ulnar nerve from the outer part of him arm – to the inner – in hopes that releasing the nerve will allow feeling and movement back into his hand.
Since his surgery, Nate says things are about the same as they were before – except now he has a 6-inch incision on the inside of his arm… and it itches.
He will start going to physical therapy – 12 sessions – to try to regain some strength. The doctor described the recovery to Nate by comparing his nerve to a kinked hose. He said that if a hose is kinked for 7 months – it is not just going to allow the same amount of water through as it did before right when you unkink it. We are hoping for a full recovery in the next 1-2 years.
While he is recovering, he is unable to do his normal job and is working in the office doing paperwork. I really enjoy having him home every day – even though I know he is not loving sitting at a desk all day. It is nice to have someone to eat dinner with and to have my partner in crime in the same house and not states away! YAY!
Any tips for recovery? At this point I think Nate would do anything to be able to lift more than ten pounds again. Keep the prayers coming! Also – shout out to Nate for participating and agreeing to be featured! #doitfortheblog 🙂