My name is Maricela Benavides, I am 36 years old. I have worked at Bell Carter Olive Company for nine years. In 2005 I had a work injury in my left hand, which made me feel a lot of pain and discomfort in my left wrist every single day. Medication used to be of little help, and I was getting very tired and bored with my pain, so I was referred by my doctor to Dr. David Nelson. He suggested the best he could do for me and my uncomfortable pain was a wrist fusion.
When he told me about surgery (wrist fusion) I was terrified and thought I would never be able to use my hand again and that my life would be totally different. However, with lots of confidence and trust in my doctor and hoping to get better, I decided to go for it.
Now after 8 months of having my wrist fusion surgery, my life has improved radically. I do not need to take pain medication and I have been able to return to work a few months ago.
I still have to get used to certain limitations which I am sure will improve with time, but I now feel useful, satisfied and happy for me and my whole family.
If I will ever face the same situation I will do it again with out hesitating. I became a happy person again.
~ Maricela Benavides