He decided removing the lump surgically was the best option, so on Aug 4 I went in to Banner Good Samaritan and had it removed. I was lucky not to have to go under general antithetic, they did a Beir Block instead. That involved cutting off circulation to the arm and using a local antithetic to make sure there is no sensation. The only thing I felt is my arm started to hurt after circulation had been cut off for a while. I napped most of the time they were doing the surgery.
I spent 4 days wrapped up like this. I was out of work for 4 days, because among other things (like not being allowed to shower) its hard to do anything without my left index finger.
On Friday 8/7 I went to see the Dr. He removed the bondage hand gear, and gave me the OK to return to work on Monday 8/10.
As time passes I can do more with my finger, but it still doesn't bend much. I'm hoping when I get the stitches out on Wednesday 8/19 I will be able to start bending it more, in preparation to start crocheting again.
The result of the biopsy done on the lump was that it was a benign large cell tumor. YAY!!!