Blessings In All Things

In the last 6 weeks I have come to gain a great new respect for those who type with one finger. In January I had a joint replaced in my left little finger….yes they can do that! I also had the carpel tunnel issue in my left hand fixed.

I came home from same day surgery with a wrapped hand and a finger that resembled a snowman with all the white gauze that was wrapped around it. I also was cautioned not to sign any legally binding documents for the next 24 hours….I am still not sure where they thought I would be going or what I would be doing once I got home.

I ended up with a removable splint on my finger for 6 weeks. The first few weeks the splint had to be left on, except to shower. I discovered it is indeed very hard to dress with one hand. (sweats are the pants of choice in that case!) It is actually hard to do a lot of things with one hand.

At one point I really wanted to do something normal, like bake something. I thought I would do something easy like make box brownies. It all went great putting the ingredients in the bowl….then I got out the hand mixer and realized I needed a second hand to hold the bowl while I mixed! My husband was more than happy to do that job, he also was delegated to put the batter in the pan and put the pan in the oven.

By the time two weeks rolled around I was totally ready for the stitches to come out. I went to a niece who is a PA to have her do that. This was done under the watchful eye of my 4 year old great-niece. She asked if it hurt and I told her, honestly, that yes….it smarted but it would feel so much better once it was done. I must have passed the test of a 4 year old, as I got a sticker for “doing good” when I left to go home.

I started out this post saying one fingered typers had gained my respect. My husband is one of those typers and I used to kind of laugh about it. I am not laughing anymore….typing without using all your fingers takes a great amount of skill. I could not believe how many errors I made typing that way.

I am grateful I can, once again, use all of my fingers. I am grateful for surgeons with the skill and knowledge to fix things. I am grateful for sweat pants (yes even for that!), I am so blessed with a husband who will hold the bowl and scoop out the batter when I needed the help. And I am blessed with family and friends who prayed me through the healing.

The older I get, the more I come to realize that life’s true blessings are not in things…..but in the people who are in your life and the love in those relationships.

May this week find you blessed with friends and family; and may you come to see the joy and blessing in all things.

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time.
It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”

22 thoughts on “Blessings In All Things

    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Beverly!! I am doing really good with it and the bone on bone pain that I have had the last year or so is gone! The finger will never bend as good as my other one but it does bend as good as before without pain so it is a huge win.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I believe you. My son who is a semi driver dictate his texts and it is very entertaining. How have your eyes been doing?
      I am glad to be on this side of surgery but it was really not so bad. The worst was being one handed and realizing how much I use my left hand! Makes me very grateful to be this far.


      • Anne Mehrling says:

        I’ve never been one-handed for more than a day or so. It’s not for sissies.

        I saw very well with both eyes today. One eye sees things about 25 percent smaller than the other, so I couldn’t read easily. Who knew cloudy vision would help in reading???

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  1. peggy says:

    Glad things are going better for you and the finger is well. I type with all my fingers, but I was a secretary for years. I also sometimes use one finger. It certainly is hard to do anything one handed. I sat the other day praying and thanking God for my husband who would also hold a bowl and spoon batter into the pan. To me blessings are people – family friends, Christian sisters and brothers. A nice post Faye.

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  2. Sheila says:

    glad and encouraged by your post Faye–didn’t know. Hopefully I will remember this come June when I have first knee replacement done. Have to admit–I’m terrified!! Love you dear friend!! and very grateful to God for wonderful friends like you and Lar!! Sheila

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am getting to normal quickly. I can once again fit a glove over my left hand without the splint on. That is kind of nice to be able to do again in the midwest during the winter! I am so grateful that the pain is gone in my finger…that is such a relief. How have you been?


  3. tinaor says:

    So glad to hear you are fixed and raring to go now., how amazing to have a joint replaced like that. It must have been so frustrating whilst you waited to heal. What a star your husband sounds – joining in with the baking – I guess the benefit was he got to eat the bakes too! In the past I have laughed at people who one finger type – being a trained secretary in my youth I felt superior – oh how wrong I have been proven. Yes, I watch one finger typists and cringe sometimes but actually some are almost as fast as a ten fingered typist (my husband is one of them!). But don’t get me started on youngsters who use two thumbs on phones – now that is something I can’t get my head around – oops showing my age now!

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    Good thing you decided to bake when your husband was around – I probably would have tried to do it when no one was around and then been stuck. I’m glad the surgery went well and that you are feeling better. So good to hear from you, Faye.

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