Medics, please!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by barliman2001, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    I've had a harrowing six weeks... starting with an orchestra weekend, where I was supposed to play a full big band evening's programme, about eight pieces in a symphony setting as first chair, and then Torelli's concert in D as soloist. Shortly after that weekend, quite a number of orchestra members (including me) developed some kind of respiratory problems, ranging from a slight cough (one viola player) to severe bronchitis (me). That was treated with antibiotics, and ten days later, it seemed to have gone away.
    A few days later, it reappeared as a slight cough... got worse despite antibiotics, and landed me in hospital for ten days with acute and severe pneumonia, including water in the lungs and all the trimmings 8antibiotic IVs, inhalations, whatever). I've just got out of hospital, am still undergoing antibiotics and still have a cough, and I am supposed to play that full orchestra programme in two weeks' time (including the solo).
    I've got a feeling that doing so would not be advisable. My doctor has no experience with trumpet playing, so I am asking all of you out there:
    Should I start practising for that concert (seeing I've had six weeks off), or should I cancel in time?
  2. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

    Dec 14, 2003
    Go with your gut, it's your reputation on the line. If you think you can play it up to your standards, go for it, if you're having doubts, bow out. In my opinion, canceling or hiring a good quality sub in advance is much more professional than playing at a level less than you expect of yourself.
  3. amzi

    amzi Forte User

    Feb 18, 2010
    Northern California
    I'm going to suggest cancel. 2 weeks post hospitalization for pneumonia I felt like I was doing pretty well and played a scheduled concert. Luckily I had told the director that I would be there if I could and wouldn't if I couldn't so he had obtained a sub. I got there and both of us played--"just in case". The end result was I had run out of gas at the end of the concert and he had to take over completely. This may well take you quite some time to really get back on your feet. So, my advice (and I'm not a doctor, just someone who has had to deal with this) is take things slow and easy.
  4. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

    Jun 22, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Best wishes for a quick full recovery, barliman2001. I agree with prior posters about upcoming performance commitments.
  5. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

    Jul 18, 2011
    Another vote for cancel. Took me several weeks to get over pneumonia and that was just to feel ok breathing properly, no trumpet involved. Gmonady is the guy to ask, he claims to be a doctor. :cool:
  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    The only gigs I ever backed out of were for bronchitis. Can't play (or practice) if you can't breathe. I'd bow out, despite it being a sweet gig!
  7. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    Thanks, guys! I've had the same feeling myself - and, with the additional hassle of being married tomorrow, I was thinking about canceling anyway (not the wedding, of course!).
  8. robrtx

    robrtx Mezzo Forte User

    May 26, 2012
    I'm guessing your fiance doesn't read this forum? Lol

    Best wishes for a quick recovery!
  9. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

    Jul 18, 2011
    I'd cancel both. Just to be safe. :lol:
  10. Lionelsax

    Lionelsax Mezzo Piano User

    May 8, 2013
    I've never felt ill while I'm playing, just before and a little bit after.

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