Posted by chuckles50 on Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Anytime is a great time to play banjo, but in the summer, I always enjoy playing outdoors on the deck for all the birds, squirrels and bugs. I think they enjoy it too. On Saturday last, around 2 in the afternoon, while closing the windows in the house before turning on the air conditioning, I managed to catch the ring finger of my left hand as the window slid shut. A very major ouch. I immediately soaked my throbbing finger in ice water for about an hour. The pain subsided and though it was still pretty sore, I figured I'd beat back the devil. Not so. An hour later, the tip of my finger swelled up like a balloon and turned almost completely black. The nail side was O.K. but the fleshy inner part of the finger looked like death. As the swelling increased, so did the throbbing pain. I decided to medicate with rum and coke. Low and behold by 2 AM the pain began to subside. I was very grateful. Now, 3 days later and real color is coming back to my finger and the swelling is almost completely gone. It's still pretty sore though and I figure the banjo playing willl have to wait about another week. I really miss playing my banjo. I think it misses me. I will no longer take it for granted. The simple pleasure of making music will eventually be back in my life. I wish I weren't such a klutz!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @12:14:28 PM
Missing your banjo? You mean you're not playing? haha I once had 17 stitches from the tip of my index finger down to first knuckle and back up the other side. After a few cold beers I duct taped the pick over my banjo and played right on. I thought (at the time) that it was an ingenious maneuver . . . and people say hat banjo pickers are crazy. Humfff
Thursday, July 15, 2010 @2:49:32 AM
I know what you mean about taking it for granted. You don't miss it until you can't do it! Hope you have a happy and quick healing!
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