So, I'm just back from the dr and got my stitches out. I am in an wrist brace with a rigid thumb for 5 more weeks. BUT, the hand feels pretty good and seems to want to work just like before without the excruciating pain. This is good and I am pleased with the whole thing.
Of course, it is sore and still swollen, but an improvement (also I got to wash it.....YES!)