I just wanted to first say thank God there's a place like this, where injured musicians can talk about their problems. I don't know how I could make it through what I'm going to have to go through for the next 6-8 months without the support of my fellow musicians.
To make a long story short, I tripped while carrying a glass this past weekend and lacerated my left hand fairly severely. After a trip to the E.R. and a surgery yesterday with a hand specialist, it was determined that I had completely severed three tendons in my hand, as well as the entire median nerve. This has left me with no sensation in my thumb, index and middle finger, with tingling and pain everywhere.
The surgery seems to have gone off without incident, and my specialist assured me that he had found what he expected and had done all the necessary repairs. However, given my chosen profession, I am understandably totally freaked out at the thought of never performing again.
You see, I'm a classical pianist, who is finishing up a Master's in music composition. I just accepted a teaching and performing position at a prominent private music school in my area... but now, I'm faced with the very real possibility that everything I've worked for, everything I am can be gone forever.
I'm trying to keep up hope, and I know that the degree of my recovery will depend upon my own work at physical therapy. I intend to do everything within my power to fix myself... but the fact that there is never any guarantee with nerve damage is disconcerting.
Anyway, thank you all for listening, and keep your heads up! We can beat this!