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SoloRule
04-24-2019, 10:10 AM
As many of you know that Dave is having a pretty invasive hand surgery today!
I have just been asked by his dear wife to let his friends here know that he is home now recovering. I encouraged his wife to save all the dirty dishes and house work for him since he is taking time off work .

One of my ukes needs strings change , hurry up get better soon !
:D.

Lacole
04-24-2019, 10:16 AM
Dave I hope you back to playing as soon as you can, but do take it slow and easy.

Sharpshin
04-24-2019, 10:16 AM
Oh my, but you and DUD are so funny. I cracked up. Do heal up soon Dave, or there could be UU folk knocking on your door to drool over your mighty instrument collections.

sam13
04-24-2019, 10:18 AM
Hey Dave,

You will be back at it, with more ability than ever ... heal up quickly my friend! Look forward to seeing you soon.

And SoloRule, pay a teen ager to change the strings!

SoloRule
04-24-2019, 10:19 AM
Hey Dave,

You will be back at it, with more ability than ever ... heal up quickly my friend! Look forward to seeing you soon.

And SoloRule, pay a teen ager to change the strings!

You are changing it next Saturday. I don’t know how to change lfdm strings

prb035
04-24-2019, 10:19 AM
Oh, that sounds scary, do get well soon! :)

JJFN
04-24-2019, 10:20 AM
Dave, hope your surgery went well, here's to a speedy recovery.

Kenn2018
04-24-2019, 10:20 AM
Take it slow—one string at a time.

But do make sure you do your PT as soon as you can. It's almost more important than the surgery itself.

Speedy recovery.

Camsuke
04-24-2019, 10:23 AM
Best wishes for a speedy & complete recovery Dave :)

Down Up Dick
04-24-2019, 10:24 AM
I hope you get well quick, Bro. I don’t like being the only DUD. :old:

Rakelele
04-24-2019, 10:31 AM
My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Dave. I hope you will be back at playing your ukes and guitars in no time! Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

rainbow21
04-24-2019, 10:40 AM
Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery!

Ukecaster
04-24-2019, 10:43 AM
Speedy recovery Dave!

I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand on 1/25. They want me to do the left hand too, but no way, at least for a while, thems the fretting fingers. My only advice..keep it clean (the hand, I meant). You'll be down & up before you know it!

ukantor
04-24-2019, 10:45 AM
Heal well, D.U.Dave. Do all the physio and massage, as instructed. I had surgery on my left hand some years ago, and I've never looked back. Oh! and that doesn't mean it had an adverse effect on the mobility of my neck!

I asked the surgeon if I would be able to play the ukulele. He looked at me, very wearily, and said, "That rather depends upon whether you could before".

For me, it was a huge improvement (Du Puytren's Contracture).

All the best,

John Colter.

Osprey
04-24-2019, 10:53 AM
Hey, Dave, wish you a speedy recovery. I am looking forward to your long dissertations on music theory while you wait to get back into playing shape.

Best wishes, Man.

Can you give Solo Rule a verbal lesson on string changes. Maybe she can change yours while you heal.

kerneltime
04-24-2019, 11:11 AM
Wish you a quick recovery!! Your ukes are waiting !!!

captain-janeway
04-24-2019, 11:14 AM
It's all about the PT. Don't push it too hard, but you do it! I had 4 trigger finger tendons released. Two were middle fingers. Hmmmm.. what does that say about me? lol

Feel better.

70sSanO
04-24-2019, 11:14 AM
Dave,
You are such a blessing to this forum. Always even tempered, ready to help others, good sense of humor; and you’re pretty smart. You make this place better. Get well soon!

John

kvehe
04-24-2019, 11:25 AM
Get well soon, and amaze us with your expanded music theory knowledge!

Lapyang
04-24-2019, 11:29 AM
Get well soon, and amaze us with your expanded music theory knowledge!

I second Kathryn!

Brenda, I can change strings for you next week. I am getting pretty good at that.

Joyful Uke
04-24-2019, 11:33 AM
Wishing Dave a speedy recovery. Hope you're back to playing your ukuleles soon.

stevejfc
04-24-2019, 11:47 AM
Get well soon Dave.

Chopped Liver
04-24-2019, 11:54 AM
Heal quickly, Dave!

hollisdwyer
04-24-2019, 12:01 PM
I’m sure that you will recover quickly and fully and as others have said, post operation physical therapy is the key to the best outcome. Cheers my friend.

plunker
04-24-2019, 12:32 PM
Wishing you the best. Fast and complete recovery.

zztush
04-24-2019, 12:58 PM
Hi, Dave! Wish you a speedy recovery.

Study is boring. Learn and play harmonica* for your wife. I have a cheap $2 Yairi. There is a expensive Bob Dylan signature model (photo right) for you.

https://i.ibb.co/RBg39L4/1.jpg (https://imgbb.com/)

*It is not a slang.

SpaceForRent
04-24-2019, 01:19 PM
But do make sure you do your PT as soon as you can. It's almost more important than the surgery itself.

I can attest to this. I almost took one of my fingers off with a chainsaw a bunch of years back (funny story for another time, perhaps). The effect of PT was nothing short of miraculous. Do everything your PT tells you to do, and then ask if you can do more. It sucks, but it's a huge part of the recovery process for an appendage as intricate and dexterous as a human hand. Feel better soon.

Dancing Seahorse
04-24-2019, 01:25 PM
Dave, Wishing you all the best plus a smooth and quick recovery.

mm stan
04-24-2019, 01:32 PM
Aloha and malama pono...☺☺☺

RafterGirl
04-24-2019, 01:53 PM
Prayers for a speedy recovery.

You could use your recovery time to research some new music you want to learn. Or you could research a new uke you want to acquire :D

kohanmike
04-24-2019, 02:03 PM
I know from where you are, I had open heart surgery a year ago. Keep a positive attitude, that's the best medicine.

This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

• Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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DownUpDave
04-24-2019, 02:23 PM
Wow.......I can't believe how wonderful all of you people are, thank you so very much. I am really touched.

As another poster mentioned the condition in my left hand fingers is Dupuytrens Contracture. Three of the four finger on my left hand are bent between 30-90 degrees and will not straighten, this makes it very difficult to fret now. It is a progressive condition and this surgery is unavoidable. They basically have to slice up each finger from palm to last knuckle before the finger tip then cut tensions and scar tissue. There have I made you throw up yet:p

I went into the hosptial this morning and was released at 4:00 to go home. My left hand fingers are now held straight and immobilized in a splint for two weeks. Then the stiches are removed and the rehab starts. Doc said best case scenario is 2 month could be as much as 6 months before full usage of my left hand. I promise all of you I will rehab my butt off.

Regarding new material to learn. I just received an email from Daniel Ward about a new book he is releasing. I own his first book "Arpeggio Meditations" and this email allowed me to pre order the new one "Melodic Meditations". It should show up beginning of June and I will be raring to go by then.

Thank you everyone this was truly uplifting. Brenda you are the best, Simon so are you. We are the three LfdM musketeers. You guys can play and I will sing at the party in two weeks.

SoloRule
04-24-2019, 03:28 PM
My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Dave. I hope you will be back at playing your ukes and guitars in no time! Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Rainer;
Yes there is but Simon and I will take care of that - sorting out his ukes and divide them between us. Kill him while he is weak!

SoloRule
04-24-2019, 03:30 PM
I second Kathryn!

Brenda, I can change strings for you next week. I am getting pretty good at that.

Thank you doctor.
Yes please help this patient. Look forward to your visit. Thatís a long drive to see downupdave :D

DownUpDave
04-24-2019, 03:45 PM
Rainer;
Yes there is but Simon and I will take care of that - sorting out his ukes and divide them between us. Kill him while he is weak!

I have willed everything to Tim :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

Nickie
04-24-2019, 04:56 PM
Thanks Brenda.
Speedy recovery to Dave.

pix.fairydust
04-24-2019, 07:44 PM
Heal up soon :)

Col50
04-24-2019, 07:48 PM
Best wishes for a full recovery.

ukantor
04-24-2019, 08:25 PM
Yep! That's exactly how my left hand was, D.U.Dave. I was shocked when I saw my hand for the first time after the surgery. It was not a pretty sight! The scarring soon subsides. I was playing the uke again, within a couple of weeks, and now, nine years later, the hand still works perfectly.

Onward and upward!

John Colter.

luv2uke
04-24-2019, 08:44 PM
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

Jeffelele
04-24-2019, 10:06 PM
Hope all goes well for you!

ukulelekarcsi
04-24-2019, 10:19 PM
Almost ten years since my left hand surgery, which was different but still similar enough (accident; amputation of index tip, contracting burn scars in the palm and on the other four fingers; multiple surgeries needed; but also a painful stretching/straightening process in a splint after each surgery).

The good news is that people barely notice it now, even while studying closely how I play ukulele. Also, the whole PT thing was over in about 6-7 months, and the initial progress was spectacular: from a cramped claw to free moving fingers in about 2-3 weeks.

The tips are
- to not be dettered by the sight of your mangled hand - it heals really quickly.
- to find the right physical therapist, preferably one who specialises in arms/hands/shoulders rather than your general 'back and walking problems' PT
- to invest in the PT: at the start it took me sessions every other day, and I was advised to take a moderate painkiller in advance. I learned moving your fingers can actually make you sweat!

My PT told me playing music on a fretted instrument is an excellent exercise - I even did it with the splint on my hand!

MikeHollandGuitar
04-25-2019, 12:44 AM
Wow.......I can't believe how wonderful all of you people are, thank you so very much. I am really touched.

As another poster mentioned the condition in my left hand fingers is Dupuytrens Contracture. Three of the four finger on my left hand are bent between 30-90 degrees and will not straighten, this makes it very difficult to fret now. It is a progressive condition and this surgery is unavoidable. They basically have to slice up each finger from palm to last knuckle before the finger tip then cut tensions and scar tissue. There have I made you throw up yet:p

I went into the hosptial this morning and was released at 4:00 to go home. My left hand fingers are now held straight and immobilized in a splint for two weeks. Then the stiches are removed and the rehab starts. Doc said best case scenario is 2 month could be as much as 6 months before full usage of my left hand. I promise all of you I will rehab my butt off.

Regarding new material to learn. I just received an email from Daniel Ward about a new book he is releasing. I own his first book "Arpeggio Meditations" and this email allowed me to pre order the new one "Melodic Meditations". It should show up beginning of June and I will be raring to go by then.

Thank you everyone this was truly uplifting. Brenda you are the best, Simon so are you. We are the three LfdM musketeers. You guys can play and I will sing at the party in two weeks.

Hi Dave, Hoping for a very speedy recovery for you and that your healing time can give you a well earned rest!

A lady friend of mine had Dupuytrens Contracture on her third finger and it caused the finger to be bent around into the palm of her hand. She underwent the surgery and was back home within a few hours with quite a large wound in her hand from the operation. In what appeared to be no time at all she has full mobility in the finger and a very slight scar to show for the experience.....the wonders of modern medicine!

When I was 14 I was playing cricket with a bunch of friends and hit the ball into a yard close by. The gate was locked so I jumped over the wall and slid down the other side to retrieve the ball. Unfortunately there was a rusty hook awaiting me. The hook devastated my left fretting hand. I needed 32 stitches, the tendon and nerve in my 3rd finger were totally destroyed. To this day I still cannot feel the end of my third finger. After about 6 weeks and some intense physio I was very much sorted out. I remember the 6 weeks because I had the accident right at the start of our 6 week school holiday. I was well enough to go back to school on time! On an aside I remember the Doctor telling my parents that I would recover well but I would not be able to play the piano.........He had good insight because I do not play the piano!

All the very best,
Mike

Swamp Yankee
04-25-2019, 02:12 AM
best wishes for a speedy recovery going out to Down Up Dave

johnnysmash
04-25-2019, 02:39 AM
Sorry to hear about the hand. Hope you have a fast recovery. All of the advice about PT is great advice. It is the magic button.

PetalumaRescuke
04-25-2019, 01:11 PM
I'm sure you will make a great recovery, given your motivation, and encouragement from friends.
Wow I am in awe that you played with Dupuytrens Contracture. That is totally inspiring. Thank you. as I'm still regaining some chops after a mild stroke.

sam13
04-25-2019, 02:14 PM
I have willed everything to Tim

Dude! That is just rude! :stop::anyone::uhoh:

SoloRule
04-25-2019, 02:18 PM
Dude! That is just rude! :stop::anyone::uhoh:

And Tim doesn’t even send him a get well wish here!

el fuego
04-26-2019, 02:37 PM
Hi Dave...wishing you a full recovery soon my friend.

ricdoug
04-27-2019, 07:24 PM
Dave, get well soon and for now, just play with your teeth like Jimi Hendrix.

keenonuke
04-28-2019, 03:40 AM
Hoping you a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with you.

DownUpDave
04-28-2019, 12:43 PM
Thank you to all those who have continued to send well wishes, it means a lot. I had heard of a music theroy book that was not dry and boring but was humorous and entertaining. The title is Edlly's Music Theory for Practical People, I ordered it a few months ago and I am now reading it as promised. It is a nice light engaging read designed for the anti-theory players among us, highly recommended

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prb035
04-28-2019, 01:10 PM
Thank you to all those who have continued to send well wishes, it means a lot. I had heard of a music theroy book that was not dry and boring but was humorous and entertaining. The title is Edlly's Music Theory for Practical People, I ordered it a few months ago and I am now reading it as promised. It is a nice light engaging read designed for the anti-theory players among us, highly recommended

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This might be a good book for me, I have so much to learn & I hate all that theory! Thanks Dave :D

Kenn2018
04-28-2019, 04:34 PM
I will check it out. So far, the online courses are pretty dull and jump right into classical music or have big holes as they bounce around from topic to topic. The books I have tried make assumptions about my knowledge of music.

I read Pete Seeger's book "Henscratches & Flyspecks" many years ago. But I didn't use the information and have forgotten most of it. It was fun to read.

Thanks for posting this. I'll give it a try.

slackkey007
04-30-2019, 07:57 PM
Howzit bruddah Dave! You're in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery, my friend!

Malama pono:shaka:

SoloRule
08-01-2019, 03:58 PM
It has been almost four months since the surgery.... Some members here asked me how is Dave recovery.
Perhaps I should let downupdave update his recovery !
I am sure your friends here want to know.