Well, I arrived at Bournemouth hospital in the UK very apprehensive about my upcoming hand surgery. The last time I had any type of surgery was in Toronto 35 years ago.

I have something that is called Dupuytrens Release. My little finger on my right hand has been very crooked for 3 years. I couldn’t straighten it and my next finger was starting to be affected, the tendons were shot, so I thought I should try and get it fixed.

I had discussed it with my Doctor in Toronto a couple of years ago and was told it wasn’t covered by OHIP, and it would cost $8,000 to do. I decided to live with a crooked finger.

I was visiting a Doctor in Cambridge a few months ago, he looked at my finger and asked what was wrong? When I told him, he said “We can fix that!!”

So, here I am with anesthesiologist discussing why I need to be put right under. I am requesting a local after he describes to me, they must drain all the blood from my arm and cuff it very tightly. I give in. (sounds like a Frankenstein procedure to me).

I have had the surgery. I can’t fly for 6 weeks, have cast on right hand and am learning to use my left hand, (tough going), but feeling good. I won’t have any idea if surgery has worked or not, until I can see my fingers.

I really appreciate all the messages I have received from my friends from both sides of the pond.

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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9 Responses to Surgery

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    So how are you doing now? Is your hand healing well? I do hope so! All is well here thank God; we have some snow, but not a lot, so we are quite relaxed! Take care and lets stay in touch! Love as always Prue


  2. Prue Chambers says:

    Thinking of you and praying for you! Hope that when you get to see your hand that you are happy and comfortable with it! All well here, thank God, just relaxing and hoping that the snow is done for a while! We are at home and are not booked to go anywhere at this point; we might change that! Please stay in touch and keep me informed about your progress with your hand. Love Prue >

  3. richardgaudry says:

    Wishing you a quick recovery and happy holiday season! How did you type that email? Anyway you are lucky to not have had surgery for 35 yrs! Hugs, Christine and Richard

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty I have been thinking of you and praying for you and am so pleased to receive your note as I have been concerned for you. I hope that the surgery has straightened out your finger and that you can use it properly again and will not have any repeat. I hope that you will be able to enjoy the season and be able to socialize and have fun without hurting your hand. All is well here, thank God, and we are trying to get organized for Christmas, but I am not doing as much as I used to do, I am aging a bit! Take care and enjoy the season and hopefully we can get together before too long, meantime love as always Prue >

  5. Brian Way says:

    Betty, Glad your surgery went well. Have a great Christmas and all the best in 2019.

  6. longworth27 says:

    Hope you are continuing to improve and the surgery was successful.
    Sending lots of love from Scotland.
    Heather and Nigel xxx

  7. bkjoanne says:

    Merry Christmas Betty and best wishes for your hand becoming functional once again – you will meanwhile be able to write with your left hand quite well by the time that cast is removed … you are in my thoughts for a speedy recovery.

  8. Darlene Tripp-Simms says:

    Hope all works out Betty. Mother of a close friend developed same on all digits and nothing done in Canada to resolve. She is literally imobile , sadly with her hands.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.


  9. Mary Anne Morel says:

    Merry Christmas, Betty! Having surgery over the holidays may seem counterproductive to the season, but when the cast is taken off, Christmas 2018 will suddenly become one of the most memorable ones you ever experienced. God bless the NHS, and I am sorry that Canada didn’t rise to the occasion first.

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