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Beginning Again!

Posted by Old Novice Emily on Friday, July 3, 2020

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Between May 2019 and December 2019 a skilled sports surgeon repaired my right carpal tunnel, then rebuilt the base of my arthritis-damaged right thumb using a piece of tendon from my right arm, and did a "trigger" release on that same thumb.

I graduated from physical therapy -- and all required splints and restraints -- in May 2020, a week before I administered final exams to the last set of university math students I will ever teach.  I'm not sure whether I retired or I was laid off, but here we are; contract ended and not to be renewed.

All of these physiological problems were evident when I first picked up my banjo in June 2013, but I tried to fight my way around and through them.  Now that I've been rebuilt and refurbished, my banjo efforts are slowly picking up speed.  I can play about fifteen minutes at a stretch now; pick out tunes pretty accurately by ear; and it's just plain wonderful... pick up my banjo and bless the end of the day with a bit of homemade music.


3 comments on “Beginning Again!”

AndyW Says:
Saturday, July 4, 2020 @1:34:33 AM

Good luck on your banjo future.

Hugh Walter Jennings Says:
Thursday, July 16, 2020 @8:26:31 PM

Hi Emily, here's wishing you the best health in retirement and happy times with your music !

Old Novice Emily Says:
Thursday, July 16, 2020 @9:32:48 PM

AndyW Kentucky Charlie
Thank you. I'm pretty excited. When I graduate from TAPS to, say, O Suzannah I think I'll try to make a video.... :)

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