Above, I show the liner I wear with the splint, and provide links below on the chance that anyone reading finds themselves ever needing something like this. I bought these off Amazon: A package of off-white ones (in size small) that match my splint, and a package of white ones (medium size) that are a little less expensive. I found these by accident when I went online looking for more of the material the OT gave me because I realized once I was home that what I was given from OT wouldn't last me very long.
The liner I received in OT didn't have a thumb section - only a hole the OT-ist cut to poke one's thumb through. What speeded my realization that a thumb section on a liner would be a great help is that the cut thumb hole stretched. A LOT. Which was problematic because I found it really difficult to tolerate my now nerve-sensitive skin being in constant contact with the plastic splint. And when my super tender skin near the surgery site would occasionally pull away from the plastic (or I would pull the splint away from my skin), it was downright painful. It only took me one night of that misery to decide to purchase these liners. And thank goodness, through the wonders of Amazon Prime I had them the next evening. Wearing a liner with a long thumb covering makes a big difference in the comfort level. If you're ever fitted with a hard splint, I recommend a liner like this. I've also seen someone wear these with soft splints. I imagine they would help a soft splint stay a bit cleaner...
Just for fun, here's a picture the surgeon drew for Hub after surgery - to show him what was involved:
And that's week three after surgery! I don't necessarily plan to give regular updates, but if anyone is interested in what is involved (either before or directly after surgery, or during the physical and occupational therapy), let me know and I might just share more. I expect to be doing the work of therapy for the next three months. Hopefully, I'll finish before the end of the year, but time will tell.
I love the comment: "Tell me you're American without telling me you're an American."