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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000541.txt from 2002/05

From: "Kent Krive" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Signing Off
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 19:47:35 -0400

Dear Wayne,

My heart goes out to you. To suffer the loss of a beloved vehicle of
expression is indeed a personal tragedy.

I'm sure you've done hours of research in hope of learning of ways to
reverse your condition. It appears there is little hope of reversal, but...

However, the stories of people who have compensated for the loss of
dexterity and control in one hand seem numerous. Virtually all of these case
histories deal with "switching sides," giving the job requiring digital
dexterity to the "good" hand. Of course, string players and guitarists make
up the bulk of this group.

How about digging in on a "one-handed" instrument such as a member of the
brass family? How about voice lessons?

At any rate, yes, my prayers are with you, Wayne. And they will center
around you recovering psychologically, and dedicating your life to
maximizing the abilities you still have. You can do it!

All the best,


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---- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne P HIll" <>
Subject: [kl] Signing Off

> About a month and a half ago I asked for help in finding a therapist in
> my area to aid in the treatment of focal dystonia in my right hand. To
> those who replied I thank you. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of
> everyone my ability to play has rapidly deteriorated and my hand has
> become useless for all but the most basic of tasks. I will be taking
> time off from the list as I adapt to what will be a major change in
> lifestyle for me since my entire life was spent between practicing and
> gigging. If any of you pray pray as I adjust to a new way of life as
> well as a new school and a new major. Thank you for all of the advice you
> have provided me over the last 5 years I have been on this list.
> Regrettably,
> Wayne P. Hill
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