Dr. Jim: An Update
Hello to all of the many wonderful patients that I have had the honour of working with over these many years. After a 12 month absence from the practice I thought I should give you an update of what has been going on in my life. I know there have been many questions asked of the doctors and staff regarding why I’m not working and how I have been spending my time.
As many of you know, I had experienced a protracted period of severe, degenerative arthritis at the base of my left thumb. After a few years of coping, my thumb decided not to cooperate with the game plan any longer and I was forced to have surgery.
Without getting into the nasty details, my surgeon did a beautiful job of rebuilding my hand so that it would be stable and relatively pain free. Pain free, that is, after a longer than expected healing process. Although rehab therapy started early (1 week post op) I was required to take things very slowly and cautiously. But my hand did steadily improve and after 6 months I was given permission to start attempting to play my guitar again. What a mess. Limited strength, range of motion, and endurance had me playing for 5 minutes max. With perseverance and time I am now spending longer periods with my music.
During the early phase of healing when I was more restricted, I did a lot of reading. Of course I’ve kept up with my professional, continuing education. But I have also had more time to read for pleasure. Feel like I should have joined a book club. I have also taken advantage of my time off by taking a few extended holidays to the Caribbean. Finally able to really take advantage of that Time Share.
Recently I attended with my surgeon for reassessment. He has suggested that I remain off until he re-evaluates my situation in early September. Although I continue with steady improvement and I am able to do many activities of daily life, the demands of my job are unique. I have been testing my ability to attempt an adjustment. As much as I miss my work, and especially my relationships with all of you, I’m not physically capable. Yet!
What I am capable of is being a resource for you. With the assistance of Heather, I will be making regular contributions to our office bloq. If you have particular topics that you would to see discussed, please submit them to our wonderful staff. I will do my best to address your concerns.
Yours in health,