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#1462927 - 06/25/10 02:44 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: BenPiano]
TX-Dennis Offline
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HA . . .the guitarist with his eyes covered is a nice touch as is the drummer's kicking of the bass drum. I remember this as the theme song of VW commercials some years ago. I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon Monday morning. Wish me luck.
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#1462937 - 06/25/10 03:04 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Registered: 10/17/09
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Dennis - I wish you a speedy recovery! At least, with your current "condition", you can instantly communicate your "displeasure" with any "bad drivers" you may come across!!! grin

May your other fingers grow "smarter" during the interim! smile
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#1463104 - 06/25/10 09:15 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: Emissary52]
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Dennis, I wish you a good and full recovering!
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#1463114 - 06/25/10 09:35 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: al-mahed]
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Dennis, I wish you a quick recovery and back to the piano soon.

TB


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#1463159 - 06/25/10 11:06 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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Oh no, Dennis! I just got back into town and this was the first thread I read. I'm so sorry about your finger. But did you really fill out the paperwork BEFORE taking your mangled, painful finger to the hospital?!?! eek

Let us know what the orthopedic surgeon says. I hope it will be a speedy recovery.
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#1463164 - 06/25/10 11:15 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: Monica K.]
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Loc: Arizona.
Wow Dennis that sucks. I sure hope your ambidextrous as that skill will come in REAL handy come time to wipe if you know what I mean!!

BTW, make sure people you pass don't think your flipping them off; especially when driving with that middle finger splint on.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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#1463402 - 06/26/10 11:58 AM Re: Broken finger [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
TX-Dennis Offline
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Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
Wow Dennis that sucks. I sure hope your ambidextrous as that skill will come in REAL handy come time to wipe if you know what I mean!!

BTW, make sure people you pass don't think your flipping them off; especially when driving with that middle finger splint on.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.


The fact that it's wrapped in bright blue may help with that. laugh
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#1463853 - 06/27/10 12:44 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Registered: 03/01/10
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Loc: Italy
Oh! That stinks! - I hope you heal quickly!!!!!!!

I guess this will be a good time to practice your reading skills eh? You've got to do SOMETHING to stay in sync with your piano needs!
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#1463870 - 06/27/10 01:33 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: casinitaly]
David Sprunger Offline
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Registered: 09/30/07
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Loc: Oregon, USA
Hi Dennis - Argh!! I feel your pain.

It was my Senior Year of college practicing an insane amount every day for my senior juries (and then recital). One afternoon one of the vocal majors tapped on my window and said "Let's get out of here and play some basketball".

The "Crrrraaaack..." from my pinky getting caught under his right shoulder echoed through the gym.

I looked at that and said "I'll be back next year". One year later I was back at it, but in the interm, I really got a lot of left hand practice on the piano.

All that to say I hope you get better quick - make lemonade out of the lemon by practicing just as much with your other hand. Maybe it will increase your ability to be amphibious.... uh, ambidextrous.
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#1465086 - 06/29/10 02:21 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: David Sprunger]
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Back from the orthopedic surgeon visit. He did additional x-rays that confirm the fracture. The good news is that the tendon is intact so no surgery will be required. The bad news is that I have to wear a splint for about 6 weeks. He said do not lift anything heavier than a towel with your left hand. When I asked about playing piano, he said not to do that either for the time I'm in the splint.

I could, of course, work on right hand only exercises, but I may just take a little break from the piano for awhile. That should rekindle my interest and desire when I can play again. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers that you have all sent my way.
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#1465090 - 06/29/10 02:30 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Loc: Colorado
Glad you have a plan of action and that it was not soft-tissue oriented, Dennis.

Taking a little break for the upcoming weeks from most every movement that might cause you problems sounds like not to much to ask to acheive a 100% recovery!

Take it easy, eat good food.

Glen
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#1465117 - 06/29/10 03:09 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: Inlanding]
joyoussong Offline
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Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 741
Loc: Canada
Dennis,
I had to quit playing for a few weeks because of an injury earlier this spring. When I could play again, once I got past a few days of brain freezes in the middle of a piece, I seemed to be able to play better than I had before I'd stopped. It was almost as if my "piano brain" had done some sorting & filing (consolidating?) during the time of not playing. I did play a bit with my one good hand, & I did think about playing a lot, but there seem to be times when we learn things by not-doing them, too.

Hope your finger heals quickly!
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#1465124 - 06/29/10 03:26 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: joyoussong]
Ejay Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 216
Loc: U.K.
Pleased to hear the tendon is okay. You must be very relieved.
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#1465131 - 06/29/10 03:47 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: joyoussong]
tangleweeds Offline

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Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 1269
Loc: Portlandia
Originally Posted By: joyoussong
When I could play again, once I got past a few days of brain freezes in the middle of a piece, I seemed to be able to play better than I had before I'd stopped. It was almost as if my "piano brain" had done some sorting & filing (consolidating?) during the time of not playing.


This is so true! I just spent a few months playing tin whistle and neglecting my piano, but now that I have returned to the piano, it didn't take very long to reacclimatize, and I soon found that I had jumped ahead of where I had been when I left off. I totally agree that some sort of mental consolidation goes on during the time one is not playing.
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#1465144 - 06/29/10 04:14 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: tangleweeds]
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That's good news, Dennis, for you and for us smile I'm glad it's going to be ok.

Cathy
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#1465205 - 06/29/10 06:42 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: jotur]
MaryBee Offline
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Registered: 08/21/09
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Loc: Cleveland, OH
Dennis, I'm happy for you that it sounds like it should heal up well. But not being able to play for so long! I would be so tempted to try to sneak in a few minutes here and there. (But don't!) Maybe spend some time just listening to music.

And think of what you have to look forward to when you're better. I just returned from 2 weeks away from my piano, and when, after unpacking, I finally sat down to play, it almost took my breath away to hear how beautiful it sounded.
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#1465308 - 06/29/10 09:26 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: MaryBee]
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17809
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Oh, 6 weeks will seem like an eternity! But the good news is that you don't need surgery. Follow your doctor's orders and let your hand heal.

I tend to agree with you about laying off piano completely. Many years ago when I had a bad cut to my little finger and couldn't play for two weeks, I found myself feeling more frustrated and unhappy just working on one hand than I did simply avoiding the piano and doing something else like catching up on reading instead.
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#1465454 - 06/30/10 02:42 AM Re: Broken finger [Re: Monica K.]
casinitaly Offline


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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5260
Loc: Italy
Great news on not needing surgery! Six weeks seems long, but it will fly by before you know it.
Heal well!!!
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#1465594 - 06/30/10 10:30 AM Re: Broken finger [Re: TX-Dennis]
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2386
Loc: SoCal
Good luck, enjoy the break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

And why is it always that certain "finger" that everyone seems to break?
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#1465998 - 06/30/10 09:40 PM Re: Broken finger [Re: TX-Dennis]
David Sprunger Offline
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Registered: 09/30/07
Posts: 162
Loc: Oregon, USA
Wow that's so great. Bones heal stronger but tendons are a real problem. I wish you all the best Dennis - don't wrestle too much with that kid of yours. (Reference my post on me wrestling with my kids and almost destroying my hand!)
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