Playing Trumpet after eye surgery?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by revjames, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. revjames

    revjames Piano User

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    Just to clear things up, I havent had cataract surgery, in fact the eyeball wasnt opened, I had surgery to correct the double vision that has given me such a lot of trouble in recent years. The surgery involved a muscle weakening procedure where the muscle was disconnected and reattached. I can feel the stitches in my eye which is uncomfortable. Band practice was OK because I'm on back row and didnt play any high notes. However it was a strain looking closely at the music and trying to maintain eye contact with conductor. Bandroom lighting was also uncomfortable and had to wear shades. So I guess I have a long way to go before normal service is resumed. I am playing a gig in church tomorrow night - cafe church with a bit of a jazz theme, playing 4 solos but no screamers, honest!
     
  2. revjames

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    A clip of one of tonights numbers... Just a Closer Walk... check it out

    I'm the one in the hat and sunglasses.... in case you wondered
     
  3. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

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    Interesting. Almost a NO feel with the slow march at first.:oops:
     
  4. gmonady

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    Nicely steeped in American Tradition:thumbsup:

    My only suggestion: Wearing Baggy pants would have made a bit more of a lasting impression... Just a bit mind you.
     
  5. revjames

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    Ha thanks... dont know about a no feel... it was the last song of the night and I was a bit apprehensive about being able to see to march between the tables... not because of eye surgery but because of the shades!
     
  6. JNINWI

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    I know a few women that give me double vision and inner eye pressure :whistle: I don't think surgery will help here..... Heal well Revjames !
     
  7. neal085

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    I was born with perfect 20/20 vision, and never thought much of it.

    Then 2 years ago I detached a retina due to a sports injury, and I had the best retina surgeon in Texas reattach it that January.

    Then again in April, because my eyeball was just being recalcitrant.

    Then a follow-up procedure in August to remove a scleral buckle - (look it up, it's gross).

    It sucked. All of it.

    I spent several weeks laying face down and a whole lot of time with an eye-patch, and I came to really appreciate my eyes like never before. Just try to watch a movie or drive to work or read a book with a freakin' patch on. The importance of 2 functional eyeballs cannot be understated.

    So my $0.02 is don't do ANYTHING that could possibly jeopardize them, and if you're wearing a patch after the operation, I'd hazard that reading music will be a really tall order.

    Regardless, good luck with the procedure and I hope you're back playing as sooner than later.
     
  8. revjames

    revjames Piano User

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    Thanks for all the replies. 2 weeks since the op and things looking better, back playing with brass band and done a couple of jazz gigs without any bother, just a bit uncomfortable with concentrating on sight reading with brass band as you really have to work hard. Eye tends to water and feel a little tired.

    If any one wants to see the sunday night gig - the whole thing was recorded from the back of the venue and put on youtube. Jazzamatazz at Oasis Lounge HD - YouTube

    If anyone wonders where the harmonica is coming from, a kid with a plastic toy trumpet sat at the back and blew it swappednow and again. I played bass guitar for some numbers and alternated with the other trumpet player who kindly played keyboards when it was my turn!
     

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