I am back!
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Well, I have to admit that this operation was quite long (4 hours on the operating table), but I am home now several days.  I am just now starting to be able to walk by myself and yesterday I came back from the clinic to get the stitches et al removed.

None of the suffering or pain is important, that is all in the past.  What is important?  I am, according to my doctor, cancer free.  Of course more tests in the future are coming, but he was quite sure that everything bad was taken out, and everything else inside looked perfectly healthy... that always inspires confidence when the doctor speaks with such confidence.

A couple more months of recuperation and I can get back to work, and more importantly, back to playing... though I am thinking about pushing that "no playing" rule a little!   Big Grin
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#2
Sorry I missed that you were having surgery. Have been a bit preoccupied with my wife having a small bike accident that left her with a broken rib and the right thumb injured (torn ligaments) so she cannot play the accordion for a few months (at least not play using her thumb). She's trying her best on the bass accordion (without thumb) because not playing anything at all is really torture!
I hope your surgeon is right that all the bad stuff is gone so you can look forward to a healthy future with lots of accordion play!
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
http://www.de-bra.nl
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(08-09-2019, 06:37 PM)debra Wrote: Sorry I missed that you were having surgery. Have been a bit preoccupied with my wife having a small bike accident that left her with a broken rib and the right thumb injured (torn ligaments) so she cannot play the accordion for a few months (at least not play using her thumb). She's trying her best on the bass accordion (without thumb) because not playing anything at all is really torture!
I hope your surgeon is right that all the bad stuff is gone so you can look forward to a healthy future with lots of accordion play!

Hello Jerry , sorry to read that you have been ill ..     You take great care of yourself and do what the Doctor tells you !! and take it easy !!!...….Best wishes for a speedy recovery ………….Giovanni
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#4
I'm so glad to hear that Jerry! Cogratulations!
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#5
Hi Jerry,


Never realised you were ill, and I hope you have a speedy recovery. 

Cheers,

John W
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#6
Glad to hear things have gone well.
From the tone of your post you appear upbeat and positive which is often half the battle.
Take it easy with the accordions. They won’t be going away anytime soon.
1) Ballone Burini 46C (4+5) cassotto (LMMH) 3/3 PA; 2) Accordiola Piano V (5+5) cassotto (LMMMH) 3/3 PA;
3) Roland FR8X; 4) Hohner Vox 4k (LMMH) 3/3 CBA
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#7
Best wishes, Jerry, didn't know you were going through this. I wish you all the best!
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#8
Best wishes for a good recovery Jerry, music can help, it's a medicine for many things in life.
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#9
Jerry,
Good to hear of your successful operation!
Debra,
Sorry to hear of your wife’s accident: wishing her a speedy recovery!
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#10
Heal well Jerry.... Best wishes for a speedy recovery... Gotta love modern medicine
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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#11
All good wishes for a speedy and straight forward recovery from both of us.
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#12
good to hear such positive news man!
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#13
It took three goes to get all of mine and ten years before an All-clear - that was the hardest bit.
I hope yours isn't so stubborn.
As you say, once the rough stuff is behind you, looking to the future is again an option.
Very best wishes for your recovery.
Richard
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#14
I know there are many on this forum who don't want to "bother us" with their day to day troubles. That's quite a beautiful attitude, and makes this forum unusual. They may also not want to have to answer numerous well-wishes because the struggle is tough and time is scarce. However, sometimes it helps to have people who know you in the accordion way say, "Sorry to hear that. Hope you heal fast." Or "Soldier on! We're with you."
So, Jerry....glad to hear that's behind you. All the best!
Bugari “Blue 72”, Tiger Combo ‘Cordeon, Iorio Concert Accorgan G Series (electronics removed), Hohner 1974 Melodica (Piano 36)
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#15
Thanks everyone... Yes its easier once the cancer is removed and the first week of pain subsides to a manageable level.  And yes, its horrible torture to not be able to play the accordion now that I have the time, but I have to admit it is amazing how many people have sent good wishes and the support I have received.  Paul, my wishes that your wife gets well fast too.  Smile

Of special note my friend Ed (a fellow member here) has been in contact with me pretty much on a daily basis and we talk accordions and recordings and videos and he'ls been a true friend to me through all this.

In return, I think I had some part in his conversion to the dark side... digital accordions.  Yes, he is now a happy owner of a Beautiful BugarI Evo!   Big Grin  Big Grin 

Its only been a coupe days now that I have been able to sit at the computer and I am slowly working on the Mild to Wild video #3 and a couple of tutorial videos on making accordion videos for Ed... Since I cannot play, I am doing this and its a help in keeping my sanity... lol.

Again, thanks everyone.  Smile
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#16
All the best for a smooth recovery Jerry. Glad to hear you've found a way to continue with the accordion without having to play it!
Bruce Triggs
Accordion Noir Radio
Vancouver, BC, Canada

author of:

Accordion Revolution: a People's History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll (2019)
AccordionRevolution.com
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#17
Best wishes for a swift, complete, and trouble-free recovery. I suspect that you are past the first flush of youth. Even so, I think that a brush with the wings of the angel of death often results in a more enthusiastic engagement with life. The real sense it gives of your inevitable mortality adds to the flavour of life and lived experience. I had serious illness and surgery in my thirties, about forty years ago. It certainly inclined me to grasp opportunities more eagerly when they came up. Among others the recent purchase of and attempt to learn to play a c-system CBA.

Which reminds me, I must go and do my daily practice. Further lesson tomorrow. All the best.
Elderly teenager still experimenting with music of all descriptions.  I may not please anyone else, but I’m long past caring about that.
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#18
Hi Jerry,

I guess it has all been said already, but I would like to add my name to the list of people who wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

I haven't been on the forum much lately, as Brenda's illness is still very much dominating our lives. My car can now find its own way to the hospital.

With Sincere Best Wishes,

Stephen.
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#19
Best of wishes to everyone with troubles. How does Ed like the Bugari?
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#20
Jerry, I had no idea that you faced a health crisis, but I'm glad it's over and that you're well.  I hope it stays that way.

I remember you were kind of negative about the EVO when we discussed it last year.  I saw it in person and I was impressed by its sound, but not enough to buy it.  In some ways, I'm glad I didn't because at this point I have a knee that needs to be replaced but has to wait until at least December because of other problems I'm having.  So, rather than going for something in the 24-25 pound range, I bought an FR-4x.  Meantime, the midi on my acoustic, whichI seldom use, has developed problems that nobody seems anxious to fix and I just might take the hint and forget about fixing it.  The FR-4x takes care of anything that midi unit would have done.  

I've read that Bugari's EVO division is planning an announcement of a 37/96 instrument with no Roland electronics, just their own, in January.  That's an announcement, not a release.  Many of us lived through the time when home computer manufacturers announced products that never made it to market, so I'm a little skeptical on this one.  Still, I wish them luck.  

Please continue to feel better, and keep cranking out those videos.  They're great!
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