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August 26, 2008 16:39

Things are getting better as far as the tremors in my bow arm are concerned, although they're still not great. But thanks to my teacher I am able to control it better than before.
I was supposed to start a new treatment for my MS, but my doctor has had second thoughts because of an infection called PML. Three years ago two people died and a third was left disabled because of this brain infection after being on this new treatment. Since then there hadn't been any more problems until recently, when two more people became ill. So far they're doing ok, but my doctor is not comfortable starting any other patients on this treament. I do still have other options, but I was really hoping to be able to start this because it sounds promising, and the old treatment is no longer doing the job.
I really want to keep playing. This coming at a time when I'm making real progress on the violin is so frustrating.

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I just had my own frustrating experience with a potential new student!

August 22, 2008 07:31

I got a call from someone wanting lessons for her 8 year old daughter. I called back and left a message, explaining my fees and invited her to call again. I didn't hear back, so I called again, and this time spoke to a little girl (I assume the potential student). I asked to speak to her mother. The next person I spoke to sounded like a young, adolescent boy (voice changing and all that) who demanded to know who I was and where I was calling from. He then said he would get his mother. Someone then hung up the phone on me. The next day (it was getting late by this time) I called again, and actually got to speak to the mom again, who told me they had a teacher, but they would keep me in mind if they needed another one!

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