Just to explain the hand thing
This is what I wear all day and night until next Tuesday hopefully - yes, that is a G and T in the background!
Unwrapped, the scar is healing nicely,and the swelling is mostly gone - thumb can only more the top joint now, although I can swing it from side to side (in and out) but not right into the hand yet.
Bruising still coming out and the swelling is going down - the two small 'cuts' are where they split the tendon and use half of it to tie the thumb back into the hand.
Right hand was done 2 years ago and I have now got about 90 - 95% full use. Hoping for 95%+ with the left. My right hand is missing an index finger as the result of a childhood accident and when I had the original op, I assumed it was a result of that - the thumb was overworked, etc.....but it turns out to be arthritis and just getting old. Bugger! So, crafting is both a joy and a therapy for me to keep the hands supple!