Followup on Carpal Tunnel

This week I have a follow-up with the surgeon about my carpal tunnel. I’m planning on requesting surgery. I’m really tired of the pain and the tingling. I don’t want it to get worse. It is already affecting my ability to play my saxophone. My appointment is Thursday. Hopefully, I will be in surgery in the upcoming weeks.

I am a little worried, though. My back surgery in 2010 caused more problems than it solved. My neck surgery last year seems to have created other problems, but nothing near as wrong as my lower back surgery. So I haven’t really had good luck with surgeries. Hopefully, that won’t be the case with this surgery.

I hope everything goes okay. I really enjoy playing the saxophone. And one day, I plan to be really good at it. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up😋. I just know it has to be musical. It’s the only thing I can do without extreme pain. I may even be willing to be a cruise ship musician. Several of my Navy buddies have done it once they left the military. I don’t necessarily like riding on ships, especially non-navy ships.

Navy ships have what is called watertight integrity. That means all the doors throughout the ship become watertight once closed. This allows them to close off areas of the ship that may have been compromised. An example would be a torpedo blast. If the ship takes on water after the explosion, that section can be closed off by “dogging down” the water-tight hatches leading to the flooded areas. If the ship list to one side, a space on the opposite side can be flooded to balance the ship.

I said all of that to say Navy ships are safer than Cruise ships. And some of the cruise ship accents I’ve heard about in the last several years were because of stupid human tricks. That is to say, human error. Anyway, that’s all I have to say in this post. If you’d like to hear my musical progress, you can find it on my YouTube Channel.


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