The gift of not having to give up

The gift of not having to give up

Just four days after having my right wrist undergo a total fusion, I find I can still finger pick my guitar. If the cast didn’t get in the way and I could grasp a pick better, I’d be working on learning more tunes on the mandolin and bouzouki. Trad is more than just great music - it’s great therapy!

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Hi callison

What a lovely post to read, with such a positive outlook!
I can’t begin to imagine the threat of not being able to play permanently

Twice I have had severe interruptions and found times very difficult
I pray all goes well with your recovery

All the best
Brian x

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Best wishes with the recovery! That’s great that you can still play. 🙂

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Great news! Here’s wishing you the speediest of recoveries.

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Excellent! Playing is good physiotherapy too!

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In view of my experiences this past year, this music is simply the best therapy ever …. I particularly recommend "Swinging on the Gate" (the tune not the title - such activity probably not the best idea….!)
Good luck Callison
Alison

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All the best with recovery Callison!

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Good luck on your recovery. Be patient.

Four weeks ago I sustained a severe wrist (L) sprain. With a wrist splint/cast, I could play only harp, oud and charango (and of course lap steel). I could not fiddle or play accordion for about 3 weeks. But I was quite gratified that - given the ergonomics - I was able to play oud and charango, with which i was able to lead my weekly session.

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@catty
"charango". Wow, had to look that one up. You have a pretty eclectic set of instruments, it must be very interesting in the sessions where you’re playing.

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I organized a weekly afternoon at a large homeless shelter - it’s quite busy, 200+ daily, so I meet many Latin, Hispanic Indigenous people in addition to Anglo. I quite enjoy a lot of latin music.. In America there are always guitar people singing songs, so I cheat and play lap steel, but I pull out the noisemakers too.

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just keep at it. I was off of playing for ten years or so partly due to having surgeries on all of my fingers for trigger release issues. This year I had the last two fingers operated on and they’re almost back to normal dexterity. It can take a while and it can take a very long time to get back that final 10-20% of movement. Work with your surgeon and hand therapists. Let them know you’re a musician and have them work with you to get the speed and dexterity back.

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Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, callison!

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great flute player visited our session once, and had the most relaxed top hand I’ve ever seen. Reason being that he lost a good part of his index finger in some sort of accident. He had then devised a brace for his wrist which the flute rested on, filled in the top finger hole, and drilled a thumb hole to replace it. Music finds a way…

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Ten days out from surgery. I can finger-pick the guitar and play the B/C box. It’s not saying too much for my box abilities that I play almost as well with cast on as I did before the surgery. At least I have an excuse, the dang cast gets in the way and transitions between rows are incredibly clumsy because of the it. Maybe I should have taken up melodeon… ;^)

Cast comes off next Tuesday and all will be well with the world.

Happy New Year!