On 10 March I had hip revision surgery on my left hip. The good news is that it was a soft tissue infection and the bone and hip were not involved so I still have the original hardware. It was a very sudden onset.
The bad news is that I have a long-slow, albeit at home, recovery with strict limits on my activity levels and very low energy (Low blood numbers lots of antibiotics by infusion). I can manage to play about 15-20 minutes a day of just playing for fun. I've managed to give two lessons to my current two students but I have to say I'm missing the longer sessions of playing and exploring challenging pieces. And, I'm sleeping a lot. (FWIW: check out TRTL Neck Pillows - particularly if you fly a lot - no more chin on the chest or crick in the neck.
My guess is that I'm not the only one here who had to recover from a very serious illness (had I waited 24 hours to go to the hospital, I would not be here now).
How did you manage through the long recovery? And how did you come out at the other end?
Wow, George, I'm so glad you got to the hospital in time and that you're going to be OK. What a painful and frightening experience!
Probably the sickest I've ever been is when I had pneumonia a couple of years ago and discovered a couple of new antibiotic allergies in the process. I'm 53 and blessed with a strong constitution but it kind of made me think about the future and what I would be dealing with if I were getting that kind of illness at the age of 73 or 83. Kind of makes you want to wake up a little earlier in the morning so you can get more done except that might be part of the problem.
That's rough, George. I just tweaked my back on Saturday, and the way it felt for the first few days, I was thinking I was going to be walking like a 90 year old for the rest of my life - It was pretty depressing. Luckily, I was able to get back to practicing and I'm almost completely good. I'm not trying to equate my thing to what sounds like pretty hardcore existential earthquake.
Wishing Mr. Wellls a speedy recovery.
George - I am glad you are okay and recovering! That must have
George - best wishes: perhaps a time to listen to the most obscure of the obscure! Sign up for every classical music streaming service you can and really dig in. I did this for a while and it really changed my playing (must get back to it)…
Hi George! While I wasn't playing at the time, in 2017 I had two major surgeries (not at the same time) that took me out of action for close to half the year. I wasn't allowed to do much of anything other than to sit and heal - and indeed I wasn't in any condition to disobey medical advice on this. I feel your pain!
George-thanks for sharing that and being open to comment. My version of that story is that at age 22 I had a major medical problem that stopped my playing and lessons. I tried to make the heroic come-back, but hard or long practicing only triggered relapses. After years of pounding on that closed door, I let it go and did a non-music job. About twenty years later the condition "burned out" on its own, and I gradually began playing more and more. Now I am one of those part-time music faculty at the local college. My only regret is that I never acquired that very advanced technique that wins auditions.
The worse I have had as violin playing is concerned is a herniated lumbar disc, kept me in bed for over a month before I could do anything other than laying on my back. Playing was gradually re-introduced after week 4-5, with multiple short practices rather than longer ones. Took over 2 months before I got back to pseudo-normal functionning, still not fully recovered after 1 1/2 year.
Thanks everyone! Despite nasty rumors to the contrary there is light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't the proverbial train. My Primary care set me up with a Social Worker just to let-fly with all my frustrations and a lot of suggestions as to how to cope. No, it will not be easy but in the context of my life a couple of months of very limited playing isn't all that bad. It is also good to know that I'm not the only one.
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