Reading Rowuk's experience, and the so many others that have posted here on TM their human experiences related specifically to the physiological consequences of OUR love for the trumpet, ALWAYS launches for me a medical search of the literature. Some times I can find good Evidence-based studies (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) but often times not so much (hiatal hernia-upside down stomach).
As I approach my retirement from the clinical world of medicine, and launch into a more formal musical career, it is my hope and goal to meet up with younger physician/musicians at academic centers that I come in contact with in future travels and instill upon them the importance of growing a clear body of research that follows the etiology and prognosis of anatomical maladies (Sachmo Syndrome), the neuropathies, and medical conditions impacted by trumpet playing (asthma) so we can better recommend and predict what is best for those of us that choose this demanding instrument.
I feel so helpless in many of the cases and calls for help when I field medical requests from our members (and believe me, I get them frequently). I am left to only advise from my common sense knowledge, which I in full disclosure,admit scares the bagebies out of me, almost as much as the embarrassment in my ability to spell.
I understand and hope the recuperation goes well. And, no, you are not an idiot. You are a dedicated professional who is only human. Please don't be hard on yourself. Since you know better than most here know that the trumpet is a mental game, you will snap back to it in no time. Fortunately, the recuperation will be too short to return as a "comeback player" like the rest of us.
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
Edward Wallis Hoch, Marion (Kansas) Record
(1849 - 1925)
Ted, I'm on my second, but have about the same amount of time with this one
Bach Artist LTD-1
Yamaha YTR-732( now gone)
Selman C, rose brass( ongoing experiment)
72 Olds Custom Crafted
Selman Flugle( I know, it's Chinese)( Any body got a Getzen valve block I can put in this thing?)
Conn 17A Cornet
Bugles across America
It would be really cool to find a qualified study on Diaphragm and Abs activity (Tension, fine motor activity/coordination with the breathing apparatus) when playing the trumpet in a symphonic setting (that fits my playing venues most closely).
Please note, I separate between Idiot and Moron. The Idiot knows better but makes a personal choice...............
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
"Music is a fire in your belly that has to come out of your mouth, so you'd better put a horn in the way before someone gets hurt"
1949/50 Super Recording
1949 Martin Committee
1947 Olds Super
Olds Super/Ultrasonic trumpet
Olds Recording trumpet
Eclipse MR scratch gold
Buescher Mdl 15 Cornet in Bb/C/A (Dad's old horn)
Boston 3 Star Ne Plus Ultra
Natural trumpet hand made by my friend Howard Scudder
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
Rowuk... Hang in there. Three months will pass quickly -- and then when you are 78 like some of us, you will look back and think Egad, those years passed by so quickly I must have been asleep during most of them. Here's hoping for a fast and complete recovery..... JA
"The first 30 years you play a trumpet, you suck!" Chris Botti
And all these years I thought I was supposed to blow!!!
Robin, glad to hear you are still in one piece. Be a good patient. Follow Mr. Doctor's and Miss Nurse's recommendations. 3 months no playing? Late Winter and early Spring in your part of the world. Wow. All sorts of wonderful things to do. How about going on a walking tour and writing a travelogue?
Honestly, so glad to hear you are a-okay.
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