So it's about a week later and that big club-like cast was removed yesterday. Look what's under it! Stitches! Last week the hand surgeon took two chunks of ligament from the right forearm and meticulously sewed them into place in order to rebuild the joint at the base of my thumb and to strengthen the joint further up my thumb. Amazing!
Yes, it hurts like hell but ice, elevation, time, and percocet have calmed the screams. The stitches need to stay in for a few more days but taking the big compression bandage off has allowed less pressure and more movement for the hand/fingers. The doctor redressed my arm in a new ensemble which is lighter and a little more finger friendly.