In 2010 I suffered a horrible injury to my left hand. I managed to sever the little and ring fingers and damage the middle and index fingers. To put me back together again a team of surgeons rebuilt my fingers over 4.5 hours and the wonderful people at the local hospitals hand therapy unit help me learn how to use it again.
I was promised no more than 70% movement back and around 50% sensation, they got the sensation bit right but we'll talk about that in a minute. Despite expectation I managed to gain around 95% movement back, I don't want to pin this to my determination or strength or any of that self promoted bullshit. I put it down to my legendary physiotherapist. She never let me stop trying nor did the most important woman in my life.
After my accident and surgery I was unable to function as an adult without help. The combination of nerve damage and the drugs I was on turned me into a useless lump for the first three weeks and I didn't make a full recovery for around 8-9 months. The one person who was there without being asked, who wanted to help me regain my dignity and self worth was my wife. I honestly do not believe I would have even bothered with the therapy if she was not a part of my life, but that's a story for another time maybe.
About the loss of feeling, well, I've tried to represent how much I can and can not feel with my left hand in this image. I've been told that sensation can return after several years but it is uncommon to regain full feeling. I'd say the Docs go it about right with 50%. The only thing I can compare it to would be like wearing a tight rubber glove and feeling through that. If you've made it all the way down here then thank you for taking the time to read.
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Tattoo - My own
Created in PhotoShop CS6.