Thumb Update: My right thumb feels almost completely normal since the cortisone shot. Just the occasional pain if I move it wrong but that's so few and far between, I have been able to wean myself off all anti-inflammatory meds (except when I need to take something for my aching back and SI joint which isn't even every day). The improvement is noticeable even with exercise. For example, it actually hurt my hand to do pushups or mountain climbers or planks or anything that put pressure there and I'm doing those things and not even thinking about it. All that pain and aggravation is gone. So yay for that! Shelley, you had asked me what they would do if I had the surgery on my left thumb and I don't honestly know. The doctor described it as cleaning everything up and resetting the the bone to the correct angle to the joint. He also said a lot of people just don't have enough disability or pain to justify 6 weeks in a cast - or by the time they do, they're 80 years old and don't want to be bothered. I think I'm in that first group right now. I honestly don't have any intention of having the surgery any time soon!
Once the party started, the room filled up and the fun began - it really was a wonderful celebration!
I sure do hope this sleep thing lasts - so far so good, at least this week!