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    Hi Everyone,

    Any advice on this one? Dh is right handed and needs to have back to back reconstructive hand surgeries on his right hand. He is usually very hands on with our 6 week old dd and after surgery will not be able to use the hand at all for a month He can't do it before April and can do it for about 18 months after that.

    I was thinking it might make sense to do it before dd is 6 months so she won't be crawling yet and won't be on solids (exclusively bf'ing now). I may be totally wrong though, and it will be magically easier when she is one year (for example). (No family help so will probably try to hire a bit of help.)

    What would you do?

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    I would get it done as soon as , he wont be able to use it anyway but it would be easier when bubs is little. Does he care for bubs while you are at work? just wondering why you would need to hire help.

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    I am in the same predicament so I am useless for help though, sorry!

    I need surgery on both hands, my dh works, I have 7 children at home and I work full time for myself. I keep putting it off but it needs to be done ASAP.



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    Id go asap.

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    asap in my opinion too. I have found that the younger they are, the more Mum's are hands on (before aged 1, and especially before 6 months) and the older they are, the more you need help until they are almost school aged! With a baby that isn't crawling yet, you can place them down or in a swing to do things and do it all yourself and there aren't meals to prepare for them etc. Once you get to 12months they aren't really self-sufficient, they just make more mess and need more hands on. (you just get more sleep).

    How long are the ops and recovery time?

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    Thanks very much ladies That was what I was thinking (to get it done sooner rather than later) and dh was resisting a bit.

    Tiny tootsies - hadn't thought of that with being able to stick her in her swing as opposed to her crawling.

    YMo7 - yikes! Hope you can get that worked out.

    Thanks again for the replies


 

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