Face, Lip Injury HELP

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by DonJuanTrompeta, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. Robert1

    Robert1 New Friend

    Feb 8, 2005
    Unfortunately, I have no words of advice for this situation, excepting to reiterate what has already been mentioned. Take time, perhaps learn piano, and learn solfege. I did want to mention, however, that many years ago I had my dentist make two sets of plaster mold models of my teeth, just in case some sort of accident happened, and I would need dental reconstruction. With the models, they could attempt to replicate my teeth in reconstruction if I ever needed this. I keep one model here at home, and he has the other set at his facility. I was wondering if other trumpet players might have done the same thing?
  2. trumpet_hubby

    trumpet_hubby New Friend

    Mar 6, 2005
    Remember uber-trumpeter Raphael Mendez couldn't play for years at a time due to his injuries.

    I'd also recommend some piano lessons to both supplement his musicality (is that a word? :?: ) and to keep him busy.

    My wife's doctor told her after her accident: "Quit your crying. You still have all four limbs and can walk, can't you?"

    She had five (5) front teeth replaced with a bridge, waited two months for her gums to heal, started again from square one and plays beautifully now.

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
  3. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    Hey DJ,

    I hope you're feelin' the love, man. If for no other reason, your student will persevere because of the good thoughts of others, yourself included.

  4. DonJuanTrompeta

    DonJuanTrompeta New Friend

    Apr 12, 2005
    May I call you "Manny"?

    Just curious, have you ever had a student injured to this extremity? I've taught for such a long time, and I've seen kids move on to music and others not. And I'm praying that this kid will continue.

    Thanks for the support you guys, and Mike hopes to turn out like that Mendez or Hereseth.

    Have a nice day.

  5. Bear

    Bear Forte User

    Apr 30, 2004
    If the kid wants it and has the support of his friends, family, and teacher like it seems he does, he'll be back in no time. I know for a fact because I was in a serisou car accident (serious as in I ain't posed to be here no more) and I'm back and playing better than ever. Yeah, it took a yr or two to get the cogs turning again, but in the long run the kid will thank you for it. I think the waiting and all will hurt the teacher more than the kid though, lol.
  6. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004

    Thank G-d, I've never had a student go through a car accident and have it mess up his lip. I know others that have and it's up to the past experience, personality, and various support the student has that determines the outcome. As Bud Herseth once said in an interview, "The human being is a pretty resilient critter."

  7. sublmbadfish

    sublmbadfish Pianissimo User

    Jul 9, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    speaking of the dental molds...i happen to have close to 500 sitting in a dumpster in my driveway. My parents are getting the kitchen remodeled and we need a dumpster. the people next-door are both in the dental field so i came home one day to find hundreds of sets of teeth in there...werid...but fun to put in kids lockers and cases just to see the reaction.

  8. trumpetgirl612

    trumpetgirl612 Pianissimo User

    Mar 30, 2005
    practice room 5
    lol my mom is a hygienist, and i often used to give kids with filthy horns sample 1 oz bottles of mth wash via anonymous presents in their cases....kinda funny sumtimes to watch their reactions in class...esp bc the teachers were always clueless
  9. Ai_Dygress

    Ai_Dygress Pianissimo User

    Apr 1, 2005
    Excellent... should do that with brains and people who don't have any as well.

    Now, I am guessing with the technology here, that they can help him recover to nearly the way he was? They seem to be doing miracles here with medical magic. Hopefully they can just reconstruct the way it was.

    My best to him, specially having had surgery around my throat before and having them pull a nerve that caused my tongue to swell, and wouldnt go away for 6 weeks. Joy.
  10. DonJuanTrompeta

    DonJuanTrompeta New Friend

    Apr 12, 2005
    I figured I'd update a little bit on Mike's condition.

    It's been about a month since the accident and the boy's healing. Today he wanted to play trumpet (after being idle for so long). I advised him not to, but when I turned my back to my office I heard a little toot, not a grand one, but a little one. Mike picked up his trumpet with his left hand and played an open g. The funny part was that he made this sound at the corner of his mouth, not so much in the center. I was quite excited. He told me that the swelling is lessening at the corner of his mouth, not so much the center because that's where he sustained a majority of the trauma. Everything is going well for him. He's been to physical therapy and is seeing a specialist about his mouth. And thank you for the support Mr. Laureano.


    During that time, Mike joined choir as a tenor. He told me "Even though I'm no good at this (singing), at least I now know why I was given the trumpet."

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