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    I adapted this from an awesome quote about skateboarding from an amazing skater named Lance Mountain.

    "Playing guitar doesn't make you a guitarist, not being able to stop playing guitar makes you a guitarist."

    Get well Dave, I can't wait to see that PS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I adapted this from an awesome quote about skateboarding from an amazing skater named Lance Mountain.

    "Playing guitar doesn't make you a guitarist, not being able to stop playing guitar makes you a guitarist."

    Get well Dave, I can't wait to see that PS.
    Well said.

    Keep rocking Dave.
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    [QUOTE=Em7;71218]captdg:

    I do not usually talk about health problems in an open forum. However, I have had to overcome several things that would have prevented me from playing guitar for the rest of my life. Because you are experiencing a life changing illness, I would like to share these experiences with you and the other members of the PRS Forum.

    In early 2009, I was struck by an SUV while crossing the street at work. The driver was driving over the speed limit and was too busy with her cell phone conversation to realize that a pedestrian had not yet cleared the crosswalk (driving while using a cell phone should be treated the same as driving under the influence). I tried to get out of the way, but a guy my size and age doesn't quite turn on a dime. I braced for the impact by putting my hands out of in front me. The move spun me around the right front quarter panel (fender) of the SUV, which probably saved my life. However, the side view mirror caught my left shoulder and ripped my left arm out of the socket, resulting in a very difficult to repair massive rotator cuff tear injury. Only a small fraction of one of the tendons that holds the humeral head (ball) in the glenoid cavity (socket) was sill intact. The labrum in the glenoid cavity was also badly torn. To say that it was a crippling injury is understatement.

    A week after the accident, I aspirated on the operating table and went into respiratory failure during the first surgery that I underwent to fix my arm (aspiration is basically what killed Jimi Hendrix and Bon Scott). I underwent this surgery at a surgical center and had to be rushed to the hospital in ambulance. I can still hear the sound of my children crying when the emergency medial doctors were finally able to revive me in the emergency room. I spent the next five days in the hospital fighting aspiration pneumonia and intense pain from the surgery.

    Recovery from the accident was incredibly slow and painful because I had to undergo a second surgery due to the first surgery not holding my tendons together. For a period of time, I was looking at being seriously crippled for the rest of my life because I am left handed, which would mean having to learn how to do even simple things like signing my name and combing my hair with my non-dominant hand. Luckily, one of the technicians who worked with my physical therapist knew the name of a well-respected local orthopedic surgeon who had performed a very difficult surgery known as a reverse shoulder replacement on her father (for those with the stomach to watch, here is a video of this gifted orthopedic surgeon performing a reverse shoulder replacement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpHPOFGV3io). There was no way on God’s green earth that I was going to give the first orthopedic surgeon a second shot at ending my life.

    I was in a very dark place when I decided to undergo the second surgery. I was addicted to the synthetic opioid that my first surgeon had proscribed by this point in time. I had never been addicted to any substance other than caffeine in my life. Opioid addiction had always been an abstract concept to me. I do not do drugs and only drink socially. I always looked at junkies as weak people who resorted to using narcotics because they could not deal with everyday life. I was very angry about my situation, but I had to push on because I married later in life and still had school-age children at home that needed their father.

    The second surgery was the polar opposite of the first. The surgeon had to cut my shoulder loose because I had developed adhesive capsulitis from the first surgery. He then grated cadaver tissue onto my tendons to ensure that there was enough slack to keep them from pulling apart while the injury was healing. However, the coolest thing that he did was to insert a catheter into the surgical site that was connected a ball of local anesthetic, which meant that I was freed from the synthetic opioid monkey. It was the like the difference between nineteenth century medicine and twenty-first century medicine.

    A year after the accident, I was about as good as I was going to get via physical therapy. I still had serious problems with internal and external rotation, which are the shoulder movements that one makes when moving up and down the fingerboard. I could only play between the 5th and 9th frets in a seated position (I play guitar right-handed), and I could not wear any of my guitars on a strap because my shoulder could not bear the weight without pain. I said myself, “Well, at least I can play in the key of Am/C.” My wife saw something that I did not. I have been playing guitar since I was fifteen years old. She knew that it was something that I was not prepared to give up because guitar has never been wall art to me--it is part of who I am. She suggested that I purchase a lighter guitar, so that I could play standing up, which would allow me to reposition the body of the guitar with my right arm to move my left hand up and down the neck. That’s when I purchased my Mira Korina. I did not want to purchase another PRS guitar because my first PRS was a tone dog (tone dogs were more common in the Annapolis Shop days); however, the Mira Korina was the lightest electric guitar that I found that still felt like a real guitar.

    When I went for the one-year post-surgical follow-up for my second surgery, the surgeon who performed the surgery and his surgical team were absolutely astonished by the amount progress that I had made (I believe that I had a 30% chance of regaining the use of my arm). I still had a residual disability, but playing guitar on a regular basis had greatly extended the amount of internal and external rotation that I could perform with my left arm. In my humble opinion, playing guitar is one of the best exercises that one can perform when recovering from a serious shoulder injury.

    Now, if surviving being struck by a car and aspirating on the operating table had been the end of the story, it would have been enough for a lifetime. However, both my hands went numb in 2010. A nerve conduction test revealed that I had developed severe carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I had to undergo open carpal tunnel release surgery on both of my hands. I could not fret a chord during Experience 2010 because carpal tunnel release surgery involves splitting the transverse ligament in one’s palm. This ligament is what allows one to grip objects. It took about six months to regain my grip strength.

    The moral of this long-winded story is that where there is a will, there is a way. If you want to continue to play, you will find a way to overcome your disability. Granted, you may have to change your technique, and you may never play as well as you did before your illness. Even if you can only find a way to play a couple of notes, playing guitar is about doing something that makes you happy. Playing guitar is truly better than OxyCotin. I know because I was addicted to Percocet for a short period of time. Percocet contains the same synthetic opioid as the drug OxyCotin.[/QUOTE




    I reprinted this in the quote in its entirety because it deserves to be repeated...This has boosted my morale a thousand fold, that and my sister in law had me come to work with her, she is a nurse in a pediatric oncology ward... I might want to play guitar again...These kids just wanna get a drivers license or go to a prom or see disneyworld.. Perspective....

    One other thing...I got a bad staph infection while at sea in my foot so I have a PICC line in the other arm and get Vancomycin twice a day..Plus an auto imunne disorder that keeps my knees , elkbows, and sholders inflamed..it also goes to the plural cavity and gave me Pericarditis while I was in singapore last year.. Em7(I need to look your name up) thank you, thank you..I needed this/. The Doctors all refer me to someone else if I dont fit the parameters of their specialty.. I have five docs now..Its ridiculous.

    Im gonna get better..I promise..When I see a little kid face the end so bravely, it makes me feel very guilty to waste my life.

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    Best wishes to you Dave. Sending prayers your way for healing and recovery.
    I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captdg View Post
    I have been diagnosed with radial palsy (wrist drop) and I cant fret or play any more..Do any of you know much about this? my neurologist was very sketchy.

    thanks

    DG
    As some here know, I've got a number of health problems myself. I won't get into them all, but to illustrate a point I will say that I've had severe asthma since I was a baby. A number of times in my childhood I had to be rushed to an ER to save my life when I was unable to breathe. In 1998 I had a heart attack, and about a year later I developed several heart problems. Since then I have lost track of how many times I've had a doctor tell me that I only had a few months to live. It's reached a point now where it's sort of a running joke between the docs, their staff members, and me. According to their knowledge and experience, someone with all of my problems shouldn't be alive. But I am.

    I was once at an appt. with a cardiologist, and right there in the exam room he told me that I had ninety days at the very most left. No gentle lead up to it; he just blurted it out and then sat there looking at me. Then he gave me his opinion on which was the best funeral home in town to use! He offered to get their phone number for me, but I passed. (I also dumped him right after that.) No matter what you are told by someone - a medical professional or otherwise - try to keep a postitive and hopeful attitude, and never give up. Some days that may be next to impossible, but tomorrow get right back to it if you can. The doctors may be the supposed experts, and have this or that data to illustrate their point, but this is about you. Every person is different, every case is different.

    Music, as well as every other thing you care about, is part of who you are, and nothing can change that. You may have to make some adjustments here and there, but keep trying and plugging away. The music world is full of examples of people who adapted and overcame disabilities, illnesses, and obstacles, and there is no reason why you can't follow their lead if that's what it comes to.

    I don't know anything about radial palsy, so I'm no help to you there. But I am here and available if you need or want someone to talk with, run ideas by, talk music with, whatever. I am with you in spirit all the way. Try to be positive and hopeful, and remember that you have friends who care about you.

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    This thread humbles me. The stories shared for one another just mesmerize me. We may have our dust ups and disagreements, but under it all there is still humanity and a sense of community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    This thread humbles me. The stories shared for one another just mesmerize me. We may have our dust ups and disagreements, but under it all there is still humanity and a sense of community.
    Roger that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldtop View Post
    I was once at an appt. with a cardiologist, and right there in the exam room he told me that I had ninety days at the very most left. No gentle lead up to it; he just blurted it out and then sat there looking at me. Then he gave me his opinion on which was the best funeral home in town to use! He offered to get their phone number for me, but I passed. (I also dumped him right after that.) No matter what you are told by someone - a medical professional or otherwise - try to keep a postitive and hopeful attitude, and never give up. Some days that may be next to impossible, but tomorrow get right back to it if you can. The doctors may be the supposed experts, and have this or that data to illustrate their point, but this is about you. Every person is different, every case is different.
    Way back in the 1800s when I was in college, a biology professor told us, "If a doctor ever tells you that you have x number of days or months to live, he's a liar. They don't know. They DON'T KNOW. So, if it ever happens to you, ignore it - you'll live longer."

    A buddy of mine was severely injured in a motorcycle accident a number of years ago. Has about four months of life that he doesn't remember. He said he got kind of tired of going to new specialists, watching them look at his folder, then say "How are you even here?" He had several docs tell him they had patients die from far less serious injuries.

    Lloyd said it - every case is different. Keep asking questions and trying different things. It's not hopeless until you give up.
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    I want to Thank EVERYONE FOR THE MOJO AND PRAYERS.....My foot wound closed up last night ..It had been infected since November... I am bangin away on my Bernie doing single strings (thanks for the Bass player joke) and my hand will get better....Old Henny Youngman joke....."A doctor tells a man he only has 6 months to live, the man says Im sorry Doc but I cant pay my bill, so the Doctor gives him another six months".....Lloyd, your post made my fight come alive..Thanks!!

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    Fantastic news, Dave!
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    Awesome. Keep on going!

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    This is great news Dave! Hope things continue to improve for you!
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    At least I didnt buy my guitar from an infomercial....I dont even know what that means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captdg View Post
    I want to Thank EVERYONE FOR THE MOJO AND PRAYERS.....My foot wound closed up last night ..It had been infected since November... I am bangin away on my Bernie doing single strings (thanks for the Bass player joke) and my hand will get better....Old Henny Youngman joke....."A doctor tells a man he only has 6 months to live, the man says Im sorry Doc but I cant pay my bill, so the Doctor gives him another six months".....Lloyd, your post made my fight come alive..Thanks!!
    That is GREAT news Dave! You're welcome, but I didn't do anything. The strength and fight is in you, my friend.

    And you're playing a Bernie??? Go ahead; rub it in... I'm jealous!

    Lloyd
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