So my hard cast was cut off, the post-surgery dressing removed, the ends of my stitches were cut off, the internal stitches will dissolve, and I'm now in a thumb spica brace for 6 weeks. My thumb still looks like a sausage and the underside is a rainbow of bruising colors. No complaints here though, this brace is better than a damn cast....at least I can shower now without sealing my whole lower arm in a garbage bag condom to keep it dry. The road to recovery has begun, PT starts next week. If all goes well I'll be riding in late January. This is a great moral booster because the culmination of no riding, cold weather, and T being away for 2 weeks at a time is kicking my a$$!