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noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498942
01/23/04 11:34 AM
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You will not believe this.
On monday I was walking on an icy path, and i had nice big boots on so i thought i would be ok. well, as it were, i fell backwards and landed full on my wrist.
After denying anything was wrong for a day, my friends finally covinced me to go to the emergency room. they brought in an orthopaedic specialist, who then gave me the death sentance:
BROKEN

they stuck a cast on my arm, which must stay on for 2 months.
but guess what is in 2 months?
MY SENIOR RECITAL!!!!!!!!

help me! I am so depressed, I dont want to do anything but lay in bed and be upset.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498943
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Wow, that's really unfortunate. frown

Considering the circumstances, perhaps you could work out an alternative date for your recital? While being sidelined is frustrating, and I speak from personal experience, please try to remember that the most important thing is to let the injury heal completely. You wouldn't want to compromise your musical future by stressing a weak wrist!

When my left arm was incapacitated a few years back I played "duets" with my teacher -- she being my left arm while I played with my right. It was actually a very fun experience -- maybe you could do this until the cast comes off.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498944
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EEK!!!!!!!

That totally sucks!

I dislocated my shoulder once - ended up with my right arm in a sling for 4 weeks. I wasn't aware of the existence of music for LH alone, so I learned the LH of a couple Chopin etudes and part of the 2nd Rachmaninoff concerto. It was actually very helpful!


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498945
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Quote
Originally posted by PianoMuse:

... who then gave me the death sentence:
[b]BROKEN


but guess what is in 2 months?
MY SENIOR RECITAL!!!!!!!!

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That's really bad luck PianoMuse, I hope they make appropriate allowance for what concerns your recital deadline. Do you still have complete and full use of your fingers (i.e. does the cast get down to your first knuckles?)? Just wondering if you can achieve anything at all with only your fingers even if it's light practice?

Regards,

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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498946
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Oh dear!!

Drink lots of water, sleep enough, eat well, etc. so it will heal FAST & PROPERLY. Reschedule recital, and in the meantime, practice the part of the good hand. Pretend you're practicing hands separate. Simply shift your practice for the other hand to after it's completely healed.

Most importantly, worry not (quoting the Bible) but instead spend the time staring at the score. Make careful mental notes: What are the fingerings. What chords. Modulations. Memorize the music completely, away from the keyboard.

Also, it helps to picture in your mind the injured hand playing. Picture the hand close to the keyboard, as that hand position give most security and techncial facility. I once memorized half a Chopin nocturne just staring at the score for 6h.... horrible, but it can be done. And until this day, that's the only half of the nocturne I remember!!

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498947
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Did you break the radius, PianoMuse? Just curious.
The most important thing with wrist fractures is REHAB, REHAB, REHAB. When the cast comes off, you need to do strengthening exercises religiously or you may be left with permanent arthritic pain and stiffness in that joint.
And as Kreisler has mentioned; it may get your mind off of this thing if you learn a one-handed piece while recovering.
Very sorry to hear of your accident...best of luck with the recovery process.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498948
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Yes, Johnmoonlight, it was the radius. apparently a common break in winter because of people felling on ice.

Well, th prob with rescheduling is that i graduate mid-april. so that gives me only 2 weeks or so into which i could scedule my recital.

I still have an entire sonata to learn, an etude to learn, and lots of music to bring up to speed!

I know some here don't believe in prayer, but i am praying earnestly that I might figure out a way to plausibly do this. perhaps my wrist will heal faster than normal!

for now, i am going to eat yet another slice of boston cream pie.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498949
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PianoMuse:

I don't know what to say faced with this real-life account of a pianist's worst nightmare. While we all hope the recovery will be swift, I caution you not to try to do too much too soon, for obvious reasons.

Let's just hope that the powers that be find some way to accommodate you in this situation.

Best regards,


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498950
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eek I'm so sorry to hear that! I second all the advice and sentiment given already, I hope your wrist heals quickly.

May I ask, which hand is out of commission? If your left hand is healthy, I have most of the music for the left hand alone ever written, and I'd be happy to send you some choice pieces.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498951
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Sorry to read about what happened. I have nothing useful to add. Just hope to convey moral support to PianoMuse through this post. Get well soon.

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498952
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sometimes allowances must be made...

As I recall, Garrick Ohlson won the International Chopin Competition - but had not yet completed the requirements for his graduation at Julliard. He had not yet performed his senior recital.

I broke the navicular (sp?) bone in my left hand. I was told I had a very good chance of losing significant mobility in my hand -- perhaps never playing again. As it was it healed well - but there was some stiffness for a few weeks.

I'd say count your blessings -- and don't rush things. People who hurry the healing process sometimes actually lengthen the process -- and/or sometimes cause permanent damage.

I do remember sitting in piano performance classes in tears.

Ken

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498953
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Wow, as a fellow piano major, I can almost feel your pain!

Let it rest. At most, study the scores of pieces you will have to play away from the piano. Becareful with practicing the left hand alone, don't overdo it.

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498954
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Piano Muse, it hurts my own wrist just to think about what happened to you. Have you spoken to your school yet? I'm sure that, considering the circumstances, they will be happy to accomodate a later recital. Don't freak out, you will get to graduate, perhaps in the fall or winter instead of this year, but things will work out. I believe that everything happens for a reason. You will get something good out of this experience, though none of us know what that is yet... (maybe you'll meet your soulmate in therapy???)

Don't push it and follow doctor's orders (John's and your own doctor's)

Hoping you heal quickly and completely.

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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498955
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Oh, PianoMuse, how awful. Wishing you the best and quickest recovery.

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for now, i am going to eat yet another slice of boston cream pie.
WAY TO GO! Used to be my favorite. Yum!


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498956
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ACK!

I'm sorry to hear about that PianoMuse.

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498957
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Thanks so much to you all! it means a lot to me that you are all so supportve. This is just the topper to a really difficult four years, and i just want to graduatw.

unfortunatley, it is my left hand that was injured. not many pieces out there for right hand only.

I told the chair of my department, and i dont think he reeally knew what to say. i will see what he says next week.

sorry for the bad typing, im doing it with one hand.


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Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498958
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Some beautiful pieces heavily tilted towards RH to cheer you up.
smile Perhaps one of these will become a valuable gem for your repertoire while your LH is healing....


Schubert impromptus in E flat, G flat, Op.90
Most of the Chopin nocturnes, eg.Op 9 No. 1,2, Op.55 No.2
Chopin fantasie impromptu

Chopin prelude No. 16 in B flat minor
Chopin etude Op. 10 No. 2
Chopin etudes Op. 25 No. 2, 6, 11

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498959
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I think your senior recital will definitely have to be rearranged - if you're cast is coming off in two months, I should think it'll be another few weeks before you're up to the strength to be able to play the piano again

Dave

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498960
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Good luck with your recovery Amy. Now is one of those times when you might want to explore the other facets of being a musician other than practicing as it's so easy to think that's all there is to it.

Mike

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Dear Amy:

I'm so sorry to hear of your untimely accident. Please add my name to the list of well wishers for a complete and speedy recovery. I'm usually in the Philly area on Saturdays - please send me a PM if there is anything that I can do to help you.

Sincerely . . . Linda

Re: noooooooooo!!!!!!! #498962
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Thanks Buchan for the music recommendations, I will definitely check those out.

Hopefully my senior recital will work out, as I have worked hard for it. I will be involved in the other aspects of music, working on music theory ability, reading about music history, and especially looking into the music/psychology connection.


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Amy, did you like your school for the most part? What do you think could of worked out better there? I wonder if the environment there is really a lot different from Hartt, or other music schools, and some insight would be interesting.

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My music department is, in a word, family. We are a very close-knit group of musicians who support each other in everything we do. We are all friends, there is none of that "i don't like her because she's better than me". Sure, there's competition, but it's healthy. We do have our occasional problems, but what school doesn't? I am on a first-name basis with all of my professors, including the head of the department.

We are expected to do alot, and it is because of this that we have all become accomplished, well-rounded pianists. I also liked having the liberal arts education, I would never have gotten into psychology otherwise, which is a love of mine equal to that of music.

How is your school working out?


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Sorry to hear about all that, Pianomuse. I too have nothing to contribute but moral support. In my twenties I had a spectacular rolling fall playing a tough hardcourt tennis interclub match. I finished up on the adjacent court, landing on my left wrist. The doctor was certain it was a radius or scaphoid fracture but as it turned out nothing was broken. I still couldn't play the piano for over two months and my wrist was the size of a house. I was playing particularly well at the time (piano) and I remember I became very grumpy.

I won the match - soaked the wrist in icy water and resumed one-handed, even serving one-handed. I just played lollipops and lobs until I wore him down and he lost his temper.

Not that the victory was any consolation for the loss of my music for two months.


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PianoMuse,

All my best wishes for a happy recovery.
I hope you find that everything turns out really nicely for you.

You might even have a pleasant surprise : your love of music will certainly find new and creative ways of finding an outlet.

smile


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Hello PianoMuse,

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Fractured my wrist once after falling on the basketball court, so I know how disruptive it can be -- couldn't write or even open the refrigerator with my right hand.

I wonder, though, if you might treat this in Rumpelstiltskin mode ... making gold from straw. wink In his autobiography Malcolm X related that getting sent to prison turned out to be the best thing that could have happened: he ended up reading virtually the whole time, and emerged from prison a changed man.

Would it do any good to 'play' your pieces anyway, moving your arms as usual and just not pressing the LH fingers?

Perhaps you can immerse yourself in the mental aspect of learning piano -- Sandor thinks the ideal is to use both the usual practicing at the keyboard, AND a healthy dose of purely mental work with the score (though he says this isn't easy).

Or maybe use the time away from practicing to evaluate your dual interests in psychology as well as music?

They say there are no accidents, and things happen for a reason ... guess it's up to you to figure out what to do with what has happened.

Best wishes for a most speedy recovery!


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