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Shattered wrist, June 2011 

Posted 4/27/2018 2:20:22 PM

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6 comments on “Shattered wrist, June 2011”

RV6 Says:
Friday, April 27, 2018 @2:31:11 PM

After I healed up from the shattered wrist and the attendant nerve damage (CRPS) I suffered in a fall in June, 2011 and after a year of P.T. to regain use of my left arm (two months of PT before I could tie my shoes), I bought my first banjo!

Croc sandals on a damp, smoothly finished concrete garage floor is a recipe for disaster!

On the other hand, had this not happened, I probably wouldn't be enjoying my banjos

Philth Says:
Friday, April 27, 2018 @2:51:41 PM

Oh wow, congrats on fully healed!
I don't know what else to say.. I had an accident, losing part of my finger. Thought I would never play with enjoyment anymore, but here I am. And here you are, making the best of a past situation. I mean this sincerely, kudo's to you!


RV6 Says:
Friday, April 27, 2018 @3:01:54 PM

Wow, Philth, I just posted this and never thought that I'd get a reply.

The CRPS that I got happens in 2-5% of broken extremity cases. If you don't start therapy immediately, you can lose the use of the extremity forever. My therapist, Martha, "the goddess of pain" said she never had a patient work as hard as I did. I had tear running down my cheek on a regular basis. I said, "Martha, look at a CRPS website." It scared the dickens out of me.

I slept in a Lazy Boy for over 2 months as I couldn't stand to have anything touch my hand. Even a breeze would cause pain. Tip: after two months, Lazy Boys aren't nearly as comfortable as their ads say they are!

It took me a year before I could make a quick, clean "C" chord. Now, I'm privileged to be able to play with some outstanding, Old Time musician's here in Buffalo.

Thanks for the comment.


geoB Says:
Friday, March 20, 2020 @10:39:15 AM

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. I'm in the beginning stages of physical therapy, and my edema is subsiding a little bit but I have locked fingers at this point and I can't turn my wrist around nearly far enough to play a finger or fretboard. But that's coming down the pike and I am being diligent about elevation and rolling the tennis ball over my poor ligaments and tendons and trying to relieve the edema so my fingers can once again start bending, they move but they don't bend very much at all. But that's coming I.

Frisco Fred Says:
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 @9:15:07 AM

In the mid seventies I saw my Radius sticking out of the distal part of my forearm. Had massive nerve damage, the whole bit. Figuring I'd never play a guitar or banjo again, I sold my rare Vega Whyte Laydie. Two thousand four, I started again. My biggest mistake was giving up and the thirty year gap.

RV6 Says:
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 @3:25:29 PM

@Frisco Fred, Bone sticking out? I would have lost consciousness if I'd seen that (on me)! Too bad about the Whyte Laydie but I'm glad you could play again.

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