After receiving an email from one of my readers regarding her musical skills and abilities, I was reminded about an event that occurred after having my total knee replacement surgery.
Background History : Music has been a part of my life since I was a tiny tot in second grade. I started playing the flutophone (also known as a recorder) in a band. It taught me how to read music and develop the other technicalities involved in playing a musical instrument.
Then, in fourth grade, I got my “real” flute. Nice. End of background history.
Back to the Future:
Anyways, about a month after my tkr, I picked up my flute. I like to practice and hear myself. 🙂
I was very out of breath and could not play for a couple of minutes without getting light headed and very, very tired. That was totally unusual for me. Normally, I can play for hours without any concerns like this.
Not only was I frustrated, I was very curious as to this change of events. In fact, I was more curious than any other emotion. I know that the anethesia given to me for my total knee replacement had made me VERY ill for days. So, I am wondering if the anesthesia after effects were still hanging around. ?
It took about three months after my tkr for me to be able to play my flute and not be affected by my decreased lung capacity.
I thought this is an interesting side note to write about. I never in my wildest dreams thought about not being able to play my flute after surgery. Hmm…
Hope this blog post helps any other musicians playing an instrument.