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Banjo as Prognosis

Posted by Joanchek on Thursday, July 12, 2007

I went to the orthopedist today (Dr. Rich.  Considering what he charges... aptly named.) for an elbow check.  It's been four weeks since my last visit to him.  We agreed that there hasn't been much change since the last visit, although my arm is much stronger.  I actually picked up BB yesterday, about 11.5 pounds.  My arm does not straighten completely anymore, and he doubts it will, but does not discount the possibility of more extension improvement over the next 4-8 months.  Keep stretching it, says he, and I will... I can tell immediately if I am pushing the joint too far, so it's easy to keep on working it.  My rotation is fine, and he says the minor pain I have been having is normal and a function of the healing soft-tissue injuries, most noteably the ligament that was snapped off.  Anyway, I don't need to go back for 3 months, and only then if I have "questions or concerns."  It bothers me that for the first time in my life, I will not make a full recovery from an illness or injury.  It's an unsettling feeling.

In happier news of the day (and the elbow news is really not that bad, just not what I wanted to hear) I've just about got Johnny Comes Marching learned.  I am making myself play it twice a day, so I get used to changing the tuning for a single song.  I avoid tuning changes because of the PITA factor, and I think that I can get over it by just doing it often.  I think I can manage a single-string half-step drop now and again without inconveniencing myself too much. 

I am also very happy that I have been selected by my charming and totally strange family to host this year's Annual Family Get Together Weekend.  Usually, we go to a destination type place for the weekend--someplace that is reasonably priced and that has interesting things to do for ages 4-84.  We've done Williamsburg, York PA, the Blue Ridge in VA, and this year we're doing the Poconos.  I am looking forward to it;  I am a planner and I'll enjoy dealing with the details.  We're already planning a HS football game for Friday night, since HS Football is such a huge part of the culture up here, just like Texas.  Plus, I will get a kick out of the Virginia part of the family having to bundle up to do something outside in October!  They're so spoiled...

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