Watch out for that glass!

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at_leo_87

Watch out for that glass!

Post by at_leo_87 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:08 pm

Unfortunately, the other day i suffered a hand injury requiring some stitches on my pinky and ring finger. They're pretty much useless at the moment. Luckily, my p, i, and m fingers escaped unharmed. So I'm just working on picado and alzapua at the moment. If anybody got any tips for me regarding these techniques, that'll be great! It'll definitely cheer me up.

Here is a picture. I'll leave out the gruesome stuff. Hopefully, this will remind you to watch out for those precious hands!

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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by Vito Simplicio » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:12 pm

Ooch! So sorry you've suffered this injury. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by Sean » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:40 pm

Wow, that makes me wince. Adam del Monte (sp?) has quite a bit of the alzapua work with the thumb. Man, take care and speedy recovery!!!

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Post by cn90 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:33 pm

Wish you a speedy recovery. Try not to push too much, leave the hand alone to allow healing.
If you are worried about stiff fingers later, then do VERY GENTLE exercise with your fingers (move them a tiny bit). But check with your doctor first if you can do it.

This is why I always wear protective gloves even for mundane things;
- taking out garbage (never know you hit sharp glass!)
- gardening
etc. etc.

Not sure to wear gloves or not? Wear them! Better be safe than sorry.

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Post by Vesuvio » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:19 pm

cn90 wrote:...Not sure to wear gloves or not? Wear them! Better be safe than sorry.
Absolutely. Take good care of yourself at_leo_87,

Best wishes, V
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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by at_leo_87 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:32 am

hey guys!
thanks for the good wishes. i'll do my best to let my hand rest. it's very tempting whenever i see my guitar!

cn90,
my pinky is very stiff. it feels like i have a new pinky and i have to get used to it. i can bend it using the other hand. but on its own, it's near pointless. i'll make a habit out of wearing gloves from now on. it'll protect my nails too. thanks for the tip!

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Post by Evelyn » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:34 am

Yikes!

I just saw this and I feel terrible for you. Take it easy, I guess, with lots of rest and time for it to recover. I hope everything goes well, please do keep us informed!

Evelyn

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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by Tarbaby (1953 - 2016) » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:06 am

at_leo_87 wrote:So I'm just working on picado and alzapua at the moment. If anybody got any tips for me regarding these techniques, that'll be great! It'll definitely cheer me up.
I'm not familiar with the terms "picado and alzapua", but if THAT'S what it does to your hand I'M not tryin' it!!!

:lol:

Wishing you a speedy recovery,

Alan

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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by WEnglish1968 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:33 pm

yikes. That reminds me of the time I almost lost a few fingers when a grinding wheel blew up. Hopefully you won't suffer any long term issues. Good Luck! :shock:

bcuralli24

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Post by bcuralli24 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:22 pm

So sorry that you have such an injury! It is a good reminder for hand protection. I hope a speedy recovery for you.

at_leo_87

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Post by at_leo_87 » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:58 am

so i got the stitches removed today. that's the good news. the bad news is that nerves were injured. that's why i can't feel anything on one side of my E and A fingers. also, it's likely that i tore the tendon in my pinky. i can't move the top joint, well, not by much anyways, like maybe 1mm. and it hurts when i try.

i have to go see a hand specialist soon. i went to a different hospital this time. apparently, i was supposed to get x-rays when i went in for the stitches. they didn't do that. so now it might be too late to do anything. i didn't think hospitals would be cheap or lazy like that.

so now my fingers are in a splint because if i keep using it, the tendon can tear completely and retract down my hand.

anyways, thanks for all the good words! makes me feel warm inside :discussion:

Azalais

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Post by Azalais » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:29 am

It has "only" been two weeks... and I can well imagine that you are worried, but don't get depressed. It does take time for nerves to regrow... but they really DO. Give it time to fully heal, and try to maintain a very positive mental state... (do some meditation and imagine yourself playing again). I know several people who have suffered serious hand injuries who have made full recoveries by following through on the recommended physio-therapy. Talk to the specialist if you have ANY doubts, and don't be afraid to discuss all of your fears and expectations!

Good luck and keep us posted. :discussion:

at_leo_87

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Post by at_leo_87 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:38 pm

thanks for the comforting words azalais! that put a smile on my face while i read it :D
i guess this would be the perfect chance for me to get back on track with other things (reading, meditation as you suggested, learning a new language, ear training, etc.) :D

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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by LVR » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:37 am

I'm sorry about your injuries. Once the tendon is healed or repaired, I would urge you to insist on a physical therapy referral. Your surgeon may believe that your guitar playing will be sufficient exercise but often recovering full function requires a rather technical process. (I'm not a physical therapist and, before having to recover from some bad stuff years ago, I thought all they did was teach people to get from the bed to the wheel-chair, so to speak. )
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Re: Watch out for that glass!

Post by TimButterfield » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:32 pm

I hope your recovery is going well. To reduce pressure on the right hand, perhaps you could concentrate on left hand techniques like practicing slur scales. For something quite a bit different, but still on guitar, I wonder if you could try a flat pick again (hold it loosely and using nylon) or if that would still transfer too much pressure across the palm.

Wishing you the best.

Tim

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