Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Musically smiling


My goodness the weeks are flying by now that summer’s abandoned us. But there’s still time to stop and recognize a smile or two.

I usually have plenty of things to smile about, so choosing just one each week can be hard. But this week it was obvious to me what my smile post should be about. And it’s music.

Those of you that know me know I fell last August and broke a finger on my right hand. Six weeks later I’m still doing physical therapy, and I see my hand doctor tomorrow morning for more ex-rays.

My physical therapist says there is progress, but it’s frustratingly hard for me to see. I do know the pain has lessened, almost down to zero some of the time, while other times it catches me by surprise as it throbs.

Still, I’m not in a cast or a splint any more. I do my exercises at home, attend my therapy sessions, try not to jam the finger into anything during the day and wrap it up to protect it at night.

And this past Tuesday I attended my first band rehearsal of this season in the hopes that I could play at least a little bit that night. Two hours flew by and my finger was never a problem except for a certain extended trill with a base note of C. Not going to lie, I won’t be playing that at the concert. But the rest of it? Oh yea, I’ll be there.

And that made me smile.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Musically smiling

  1. You could play–yay! That makes me smile, too, Dawn.

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  2. I really feel for you I broke my pinkie finger right hand several years ago. Still to this day it can hurt sometimes. I still do exercises the best for me is to take a pen and twirl it through my fingers back and forth. I’m smiling to find out you play in a band.
    Lee & Sweet William The Scot

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    • This is my pinkie too, on right hand, ring finger badly sprained. Now both are ‘healed’ but still swollen making them hard to move. Apparently swelling can last up to a year. Great.


  3. So glad to hear you are playing! When I broke my elbow I did scales on the piano as it helped strengthen the muscles in my arm and hand which were affected. So your practicing helps as therapy too!!

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  4. “So doctor, will I be able to play the clarinet when I’ve recovered?” “Of course.” “That’s great. I always wished I could…” Sorry for the bad joke, but I’m glad you are able to play. I hope the recovery continues to go along smoothly.

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  5. This is all great news. I’m sure that the “certain extended trill with a base note of C” is of no real consequence. Who needs it? 😊

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  6. This makes me smile, too, Dawn! Even going a day without practice is HARD, once you’ve gotten used to playing an instrument. I can’t fathom not playing at all. Glad you’re “back in the saddle” and will be able to perform with your fellow band friends (don’t stress over that trill — somebody else can pinch-hit!)


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