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I'm extremely ****** off as I tripped up a step while trying to listen to the organ in Chalons sue Saone Cathedral, and am now nursing an extremely broken finger thanks to the instinct of trying not to fall flat on my face. It's a nasty fracture, and I'm curious how long these things taken to come good and if there are things I should and shouldn't be doing. The French doctor when asked about playing shook his head and suggested that I might like to concentrate on my pedal technique for a bit! He asked what composers I liked, and I went through the gamut of French composers - Vierne, Durufle etc which met with approval and a clear knowledge of their works, although Widor was met with a suprising response - WHO????????

 

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Ouch ! I haven't broken a finger but did bruise a joint severely - I got struck directly on the tip of my 4th finger with a football, propelled at high speed by my young son. I left it a week and the pain and swelling didn't subside. Went to my GP and got reprimanded...'There's no such thing as a minor hand injury.' I got referred to a hand surgeon and was seen within 2 days. Fortunately, in my case his prediction was that it would subside gradually over the course of three months. He was right. I do find a slight stiffness there still just occasionally.

 

I wish you a speedy and successful recovery but if you have any doubts, seek specialist advice.

 

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Ouch ! I haven't broken a finger but did bruise a joint severely - I got struck directly on the tip of my 4th finger with a football, propelled at high speed by my young son. I left it a week and the pain and swelling didn't subside. Went to my GP and got reprimanded...'There's no such thing as a minor hand injury.' I got referred to a hand surgeon and was seen within 2 days. Fortunately, in my case his prediction was that it would subside gradually over the course of three months. He was right. I do find a slight stiffness there still just occasionally.

 

I wish you a speedy and successful recovery but if you have any doubts, seek specialist advice.

 

H

 

Speedy recovery both - I have daughers - generally less violent - and good for page turning - even in ancient French establishments with dodgy stairs! I have also encountered the general knowlege factor of the 'French in the street' - a very good friend of ours (in her 80s) over there knows all about Durufle etc. - wants Clerambault at her funeral and is a member of the Emile Bourdon society - he was organist at Monte Carlo Cathedral and had at least one piece dedicated to him by Vierne. She also attends Mass at St. Louis en l'Ile and has even toured the Aubertin works. Not an organist though but very much in sympathy....

 

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About a year ago I broke the little toe on my left foot - a fairly innocuous little injury I thought at the time. Little did I know. This otherwise unremarkable orthopaedic event had a positively gianormous side effect. The aforesaid damaged digit developed an attraction to the side of the Bb key on the pedal board that was nothing less than a percussively realised homing instinct. Flat-key pieces were not too bad, but anything in a sharp signature proceeded to a series of agonised yelps from yours truly. In the end, I played nothing but 17th C English stuff for about a month. But the hymns - oh dear! ..... the hymns ..... the modern ones were alright (ish) but how do you stop your feet trampling the sticks in 'Westminster Abbey" and the like?

And the first wedding after the injury - Processional - "Trumpet b***dy Voluntary". 'voluntary' my a***, purgatory, more like.

 

Chris Baker - The Incompetent Organist - Durham UK

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am now nursing an extremely broken finger thanks to the instinct of trying not to fall flat on my face. It's a nasty fracture, and I'm curious how long these things taken to come good and if there are things I should and shouldn't be doing.

 

In early July I broke a finger (different cause, x-ray revealed spiral fracture) and offer you this from my experience. The A&E doctor said that fingers "heal quickly" and gave me a certificate to be off work for three weeks. However, it is taking longer than that to recover normal function.

 

You say "extremely broken finger" and "nasty" fracture - did you have it x-rayed, and if so what did that show? Are you strapping the broken finger to the finger next to it, for support? Does it feel as if you should have a splint on it, all the time or just during the night?

 

I am going to the GP on Friday to ask about physiotherapy although I don't know what else I can do that I am not already doing, which is using it as much as it will allow me to do without pain.

 

Hope this helps.

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