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Nerve Damage in Finger

I have osteoarthritis in my fingers.  While carrying groceries into the house, the grocery bag cut into the nerve on my index finger.  My doctor says it's because I don't have any cushioning between my nerves and my bones in my fingers and said that if the nerve repairs itself, it should do so within 8 weeks.  Otherwise it will be numb forever.  My question is that I have a severely handicapped adult child that I have to take care of daily.  It's difficult to change diapers, do up buttons etc.  Am I doing further damage by continuing to do this?  Should my finger be protected so the nerve grows back (ie.  a cast or something as I'm afraid that I may put further pressure on it)?  If after 8 weeks it doesn't grow back, is there a surgery that I can go through to assist it in doing so?

Thanks so much for the great work you do!

Mug
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