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After a few hours busking in town yesterday (it's early hours on Sunday in the UK now!), got home and went to make a sandwich. Knocked a glass bottle over on the worktop, caught it but not before it smashed a glass. Caught the glass as well but cut my left middle finger in two places. Thought 'oh well' until I bent my finger and the cut vertically across the middle joint opened up to reveal a very deep gash and copious amounts of blood... Normally I'd just stick a plaster on it but I could see Australia through the hole, so off to Accident and Emergency. One X-Ray later, the male nurse cleaned it up (no glass fragments) and said he might get away with sterile strips and bandage - if the cut had been the other way, then stitches would have definitely been needed. Strangely enough turned out he knew my old sax teacher - everyone knows my teacher round these parts - he's ubiquitous! But the problem is, now I'm permanently flipping my middle finger and I have a village fete to play at for charity, this coming Monday being a bank holiday in the UK. Now I can't bend the finger without it hurting like a sonfofagun and if I do the wound opens up a bit. This is of course my C2 finger but I tested it and can just about play it without bending too much but it still hurts. But... the show must go on especially for charity!
 

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Ow!

Maybe you can keep your finger in 'sax' position, and only move the third joint when you play. Good luck.
 

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check with your local medical supplier for a cloth tape you can wrap the finger with.it is about the size of standard scotch tape and green.it will stay flexible and protect the wound.
 

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saxxsymbol said:
check with your local medical supplier for a cloth tape you can wrap the finger with.it is about the size of standard scotch tape and green.it will stay flexible and protect the wound.
I have sterile strips and flexible bandage on it from the hospital - best to leave it intact I think, since the cut is deep and any messing would open it up - which I can feel it doing somewhat anyway, whenever I try to use the finger without thinking...
 

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Saxplayer67 said:
Thanks guys. I'd wait for a few days for it to heal a bit but I'd hate to back out now. Conversationally, which digit do you think would be the worst to injure in terms of playing sax?
Left pinky.
 

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Saxplayer67 said:
G Sharp. But right pinky also, I bet. How about - which part of your anatomy would hinder one's sax playing most if it was injured?
Lips
 

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Carl H. said:
Like a lentrioloquist I can talk nitout nooving ny lits. Noo, too, tan tlay nitout lits. Noo nust take lessons in order to naster lis valualul skill.
 

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hakukani said:
Like a lentrioloquist I can talk nitout nooving ny lits. Noo, too, tan tlay nitout lits. Noo nust take lessons in order to naster lis valualul skill.
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Rooty's Advice Bureau Inc says: Keep playing, man. The blood dripping down from your hand will make you a hit with any Goth chicks hanging about and you can always start wincing histrionically if your playing's not making an impression. That's always a hit with the ladies. If you play well you're a hero, if you play badly you still get the sympathy vote. It's a win/win situation!! If the cut was really bad they'd have stitched it.

Dr Rooty's Private Hospital and Softies' Convalescent Home Inc says: "On the other hand"...:)D )...if you can, let it heal. If you can't avoid playing make sure you put a clean dressing on blah blah ;)

Seriously: Hope your concert goes well. :)
 

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Hey Rooty, changed your avatar

Well, the gig today was a village fete. Whilst my fiance was running her stall outside (I helped erect her gazebo and set her stall up - kept knocking my finger - hurt like a sonofagun again), I played in the village hall on the stage, played as well as ever (big head!), didn't think about the finger, there's not much movement involved anyway.

Packing fiance's stuff away, back to knocking the finger! Took the bandage off when I got home and you can see the wound's been opening and closing beneath the dressing a bit but not too bad. Next gig Sunday 2nd Sept (leading a procession and playing pre-1945 tunes throughout the day, so other than putting my setlist together and doing a bit of practice, I can take it easier on the finger this week. Was pretty deep but any deeper and it would deffo have been stitches.
 

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hakukani said:
Left pinky.
It's funny you should mention that...I had my left pinky virtually cut off in a tragic xylophone accident.

About a million years ago, when I was in high school, we were getting ready for a concert and moving all of the percussion from the band room to the gymnasium. In my 15 year-old glee, I noticed that the xylophone had wheels on it and decided that it would be a good idea to hop onto the back of the ungainly vehicle and ride it down the wheelchair ramp.

To my surprise the alignment wasn't so good and it veered to the left toward the wall, which just happened to have an old rusty pipe-end sticking out of it. I hit the pipe-end with my left pinky and it got spun almost all the way off (hanging 90 degrees off axis to where it should have been).

"Holy schnikes" and a few other choice explatives were uttered on the way to the Guidance counselor's office / first aid room. I remember them holding my finger-burger under the cold water faucet and muttering ".....yeup, you're gonna need some stitches." No crap.

A few hours later I woke up from surgery and had two stainless steel pins sticking out of my finger, literally making it look like Frankenpinky.

I did all of the physical therapy stuff and got feeling and about 75% movement back into that finger, but it's still a little bit of a club and not at all dextrous. It hasn't really hampered me too much, I'm definitely a little clumsier with the cluster keys, but I can get around okay. It's really made it challenging to try and learn how to play fiddle and banjo though.:banghead:
 

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