Kensington, MD, June 19, 2019 — In my last post I was sporting a white cotton glove Michael Jackson style on my left hand. It’s purpose was to keep my surgical wound clean and hide the stitches so they wouldn’t gross out people in restaurants.
The gloves are sold at drug stores and serve the purpose for which I use them better than bandages which is the alternative. I also cut the tips off the glove fingers for improved dexterity.
Regular readers are aware that this condition, Dupeytren’s Contracture, is a pain in my backside. Click for more info
Sometimes called “Viking Disease,” Dupuytren’s is found in people with northern European heritage. It is caused by a recessive gene. It’s presence in the general population is about five percent rising to around 30 percent in the Nordic countries.
I imagine the Vikings married their sisters back in the Fjords and then spread it everywhere they raided. Being primarily of English/Irish and Scandinavian heritage makes me a prime candidate.
This was as straight as I could make the fingers on my left hand which as had one previous surgery to release the thumb.
To date the treatment record includes six surgeries and four injections over 15 years. This condition comes with a lifetime membership and season tickets. It just keeps coming back.
Surgery was two-and-a-half weeks ago. Notice the straight fingers.
Stitches came out on day 10.
Found one we didn’t find when the rest of them came out. Dug it out with pointed tweezers.
In preparation for physical therapy a hot bag of clay is wrapped around the hand with a weight to help make the fingers as straight as possible.
I sleep in a molded brace at night to keep my fingers straight. During the day I do exercises to help them bend normally.
The prognosis is excellent. So good that I’m planning to run a string trimmer for a short time Saturday to clean up a small section of the AT that I was unable to finish weeding before surgery. Better yet, I’m meeting a ridgerunner for breakfast before that.
See you on the trail soon.