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fred davis - Posted - 02/13/2007:  19:59:00

In oct .my gull blader ruptured and while being operated on I had a STROKe. I was in a coma about a month. Now my hands are alittle
numb in the pinky and ring finger. This makes fretting hard picking seems OK. Playing is a frustrating experence to say the least> Do'S anyone have any experence this and how do I keep playing. By the way the mandolin Is a little easyer BUT MY LOVE IS FOR THE BANJOS THANKS FRED

wrentree - Posted - 02/13/2007:  21:02:54

The body is a marvelous machine. My Father had a stroke in 1982 and had limitations on his left side. By exercising and having rehab, he was able to overcome a lot of his movement problems. I don't know how limited you are, but exercise and rehab are about the only way to get as much back as possible. Playing the banjo should help you out a lot too. Best of Luck.

Dad always told me"If you want to have friends, you have to be friendly." Harold

stanger - Posted - 02/14/2007:  02:22:26

Hi, Fred...
Patience and perserverance are the keys. You might not get it all back, but the brain can re-wire itself. An old friend had a stroke that took away his playing for several months, but he kept at it. Eventually, it all came back for him, and I hope it does for you, too. Wren's comments about rehab are very good, as well. If you aren't in rehab now, you should consider it.

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