11 April 2013 I fell while holding a coffee cup and it almost cut clean through. Two of my flexor tendons were cut off (middle and index finger on my right hand).
I walked to the doctor with my hand bandages in two scarves (doctor was approx. 100 meters from my house). He stopped the bleeding and informed me that it was my tendons and that I would need surgery. He phoned an ambulance that collected me and sent me to the state hospital.
I waited almost 7 hours there before I was seen, they stitched up my wound and told me they do not have surgeons that specialize in hand surgeries and directed me to another hospital quite a bit out of my way.
The following week I went and after about 2 hours I saw the surgeon, he made an appointment for me the following week to have the surgery.
I went the following week and had the surgery. My hand was in plaster of Paris for a week before being removed – then I went to their physio department. They created a brace to wear around my arm and hand to prevent my fingers from opening to far or from damaging when I sleep. The tendons were stitched together and any sudden movement or stretching would result in them snapping and the surgery would need to be redone.
I went to physio every week.
After three weeks went by I awoke the morning to find the brace was off my arm and one finger(middle) wouldn’t move at all.
I had snapped my tendon.
I phoned the hospital again, the physiotherapist refused to make me another surgery appointment until she could see my finger.
I went in, she confirmed it was snapped and scheduled me to see the surgeon the next week.
I went the next week and he scheduled me for another surgery the following week.
The following week there was an emergency and I was cancelled for surgery while being rescheduled next week.
I went the next week and my appointment was never logged, they logged it this time.
I went the week thereafter and found they had indeed never logged it.
Five weeks in total went by from when I snapped it to when I got my operation. By this time my tendon had calcified and they had to cut into my wrist to retrieve extra tendon.
I didn’t snap it again, but it is still not fixed.
Why I'm asking for help
I tried to write the top without any bias as a spectator view of what happened, but here are the behind the scenes.
I nearly lost my job and had to get someone to work with me, splitting my pay with them, and everytime I went to the hospital someone had to take me, the hospital was far and the amount I needed to pay for petrol was taking a toll on me as my salary was already reduced greatly.
When I snapped it the second time I was devastated - surgery was a nightmare as they didn't put me under. Now, more than a year later I sit with a damaged hand that I can barely use. I'm a writer, I like drawing and I'm studying to become a web-designer and programmer.
I am worried I'll be rejected from jobs and I hate not being able to bend my fingers or make them straight. It hurts every time I look at it or try to use it.
What I'm asking for
I'm asking to please help me get a private surgeon and private physiotherapist to help fix my hand. Having to go state cost me less, but the wait was incredibly long and because of that my wrist was cut open and my usability reduced. I'll also need a bit extra to cover my part of the rent as I won't be able to work for 6 weeks max as the tendons need to recover and I'll need to go for physiotherapy.