Fellow Traveler is going under the knife tomorrow -- to get a new and improved right thumb joint. Believe it or not, these days this is outpatient surgery; she should be ready to go home about the time I get out of work tomorrow.
FT's RA makes her thumb so painful that sometimes the stabbing, aching sensation literally takes her breath away. She had her other thumb joint replaced several years ago, and that has been such a success that this spring she decided it was madness not to have the procedure done on her right hand.
So we'll be calling FT "Lefty" for about the next five weeks. Tomorrow is going to be somewhat stressful, but that's a reasonable payoff for an end to debilitating pain.