Never before in my life have I had to consent to a surgery over an 8 hour period where the outcome is unknown (I don't think a lot of people have). 

I am currently sitting in the Austin Hospital food court eating my dinner and thinking about how hard it is for me to pick up my sandwich and put it to my mouth. This surgery has been in the back of my mind for the last 2 months and I have put off worrying about it up until now. I hope to gain from this surgery the ability to pick things up without people seeing the struggle that I go through and gain some independence I one had back. 
I would love to be able to...i should say WILL be able to go to the pub and hold my stubby confidently without worrying about it slipping out of my non existent grip. 

I know that I'm not going to wake up tomorrow with instant movement in my fingers and arms but this gives me something to work towards. 
Doctors have told me that generally 4 months on you can begin to see some tricep flicker and 6 plus months you may notice some finger movement but it could take up to 2 years, although this surgery does not give me individual finger movement only open and close of my hand. 
I will report back in a couple of weeks on how it is all coming along.