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March 6th, 2012
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About my thumb.
I have had issues with Carpal Tunnel for a couple years now. Nothing terrible, but annoying. To play an hour show with Toyboat took about an hour of stretches and warmups.

We had a rehearsal the weekend before Capricon, and everything seemed ok. My hands were a little sore, working with brushes rather than sticks made me do things differently.

Capricon ... I played drums in 4 shows and strings for another. The next day and for several days after my left thumb hurt at the base, I had obviously strained something. I started sleeping with a brace on, that has helped in the past.

It got worse, a week or so ago the knuckle joint in my thumb started clicking when I moved it. Not a good thing. It hurt a little sometime and more than anything else, it was annoying. Last night I went to the doctor. They ran X-Rays and nothing is broken. I am going to a hand specialist Tuesday. Best case scenario, I get a cortisone shot. Worst case. Well, let's just hope that I don't need to cancel any Cheshire Moon shows, we have several in the next couple of months.

Toyboat has nothing going at the moment, we're going to start getting ready to record a new CD, hopefully this summer. I hope I can continue playing the drums. We'll see.

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From:judifilksign
Date:March 6th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
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When I had a cyst on my thumb, I was terrified I would not be able to sign, play guitar or banjo. It was months after the surgery before I was able to play instruments again. I was grateful for the mobility to continue signing, though.

I understand feeling worried about medical issues affecting your playing. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
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From:wyld_dandelyon
Date:March 7th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, good luck!!!
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From:catalana
Date:March 7th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
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Eeep! *sends good healing thoughts*. Get better!
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From:rowangolightly
Date:March 7th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
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Ack! Hope you find a solution soon.
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From:polyfrog
Date:March 7th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Rick Allen plays the drums one-handed...
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From:catsittingstill
Date:March 7th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
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It is rotten when your body keeps you from something you value so much.

I hope this is just a brief interlude and you get well soon. If it turns out to be more long term, perhaps an adjustment of technique would help.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:March 7th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
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What started it was the change to brushes. I think I know what I need to do to take care of that, but I can't work on it till this is through.
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