Month: April 2013

Sofia, The Amazing

Sofia, The Amazing

As I reflect on this past week, the one thing that stands out is my piano lesson with my teacher, Sofia Rosoff. I have spoken about Sofia in other posts but I can’t mention her enough. She has been my saving grace when it comes to the piano and finding the love of playing it again. Even with all my issues with my wrists, arms and thumbs, Sofia always finds a way to help me, to show me that I am on the right path to better playing. Even when I have barely practiced and I think that I am wasting both of our time together, I always leave the lesson learning a lot and of course feeling unbelievably inspired. Sofia’s optimism and encouragement really keep me going when I think things are going badly and with all the students old and new constantly coming through her door she still finds the time to give me a phone call when she is thinking about what would help with my health. I am grateful to have such a wonderful teacher in my life and my only regret is not meeting her twenty years ago!

Appointment No. 2

Appointment No. 2

Saw my family doctor (primary care doctor) and now it’s time for me to get into the best physical shape that I can be. Basically I have a weak back and my spine is having issues. I have very weak abdominal muscles due to pregnancy and a diastasis. On top of all the muscle issues, I have to lose as much abdominal fat as possible in order to prevent diabetes (hurray for me!) Apparently my Asian genes make me prone to getting it. Whenever I gain weight it goes straight to the stomach and that’s where the diabetes problem lies, in the belly fat. My doc recommends lots of low impact aerobic activity, strength training and pilates. When the hell am I gonna find the time to do that and try to practice, be a mom to a toddler and do other daily life things. Holy crap!!

First Of Many Appointments

First Of Many Appointments

Yesterday I saw a sports medicine doctor about my issues with my arms. His diagnosis was that I had repetitive strain injury. That seem to make a lot of sense but not sure from what other than picking up my son and just using my body badly. Anyways, the doc suggested that I start eating more omega 3 fatty acid and try to cut out sugar, dairy and gluten. This is kind of a tall order so I will see how it goes. I did like the approach this doc was taking by not going straight for the steroid shot. The diet change won’t show any results for a least a few weeks so we shall see.

The search for healing continues.

On a happier note, I started practicing the Chopin Etude 25 no. 12 again. It was awesome.

I Have What?

I Have What?

So I have been diagnosed with carpel tunnel, radial tunnel and tendonitis in both my arms, wrists and thumbs. This post will be brief since typing on a computer keyboard is not recommended for someone with my condition. Over the next little while, I will try to document my journey to heal myself and hopefully be in a better physical, mental and emotional state with this. Being a pianist and having this condition is incredibly upsetting especially since I have rediscovered the love of playing the piano again (thanks Sofia!)

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