#14754 Reply

Brad Stevens

Now I know that I have two tears in a ligament in my wrist. Will have surgery this summer, six weeks in a cast, three months to recover, possible loss of range of motion is not expected to be any more and much less than what I’ve lost from the injury. This happened about five years ago playing and aggressive orchestral reduction accompaniment on the piano — I had to call the director and say, “I can’t believe it, but I think I sprained my wrist playing the opening number.” My thumb may be another that will be investigated after all this is finished.

Meanwhile, Michael’s limited time rehearsal plan is more or less what I’ve been doing for years except for the opening exercise, which is nothing but stabbing pain for me for now, although much more refined and organized. So I’ll keep practicing for mere minutes at a time until probably late September.

Meanwhile, a three inch incision from the excision of a basal cell carcinoma on the back of my left shoulder is keeping me from holding my instrument and playing without stretching against the stitches. AAAARRRRRRGH! I can feel myself getting rustier and my shoulder is getting crunchier.