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  • Just Had Ankle Surgery

    Hi all,

    I just had ankle surgery yesterday to repair two badly damaged tendons (peroneus longus and peroneus brevis). No weight bearing for 6 weeks. Since it is the right ankle, no driving for six weeks. I will also not be able to play the organ properly for at least 6 weeks. I will be playing the piano for church services. The doctor said that it will be 6 to 8 months before I have completely recovered.

    Later,
    Allen
    Currently own: Roland Atelier AT-90, Yamaha 115D, Roland DP-90SE, Yamaha PSR-S910

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    Get well soon, my friend.
    -- I'm Lamar -- Allen TC-4 Classic -- 1899 Kimball, Rodgers W5000C, Conn 643, Hammond M3, L-102 - "Let no man belong to another who can belong to himself." (Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest​ -) ​Paracelsus

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    • #3
      Allen,

      It's too bad you can't drive with your left foot! Perhaps if you moved to the UK?

      It is unfortunate you had to have surgery, and there is such a long recovery time. I am guessing you will manipulate the piano pedal with your left foot. Best with your recovery, and please keep us posted! You bring a lot to the Forum.

      Michael
      Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
      • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
      • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
      • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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      • #4
        Michael,

        Yes, I will manipulate the piano pedal with my left foot. I am also going to elevate my right foot while I play. It puts me at an odd angle but is doable for a short while. One does what one must.

        Regarding the driving, I recall in my youth before the United States Post Office used mail trucks that many of rural delivery drivers used their own personal cars, which back then had bench seats. They would sit in the middle of the seat and drive with their left foot. When placing mail in the box, they would reach out the right open window with their right hand. Unfortunately, most vehicles do not have bench seats now.

        Later,
        Allen
        Currently own: Roland Atelier AT-90, Yamaha 115D, Roland DP-90SE, Yamaha PSR-S910

        YouTube Channel

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        • myorgan
          myorgan commented
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          If I see someone driving with their hand out the right-hand window in Atlanta, I'll know it's you! ;-) Where I live, they still do that.

          Michael

        • Silken Path
          Silken Path commented
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          They do that in the red-dirt piney woods here, too - one in a pickup.

      • #5
        Originally posted by myorgan View Post
        Allen,

        It's too bad you can't drive with your left foot! Perhaps if you moved to the UK?
        We might drive on the other side of the road but from what I recall the controls are the same way round :)

        Previous: Elka Crescendo 303, Technics G7, Yamaha EL-90
        Current: Yamaha AR-100

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        • myorgan
          myorgan commented
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          Oh, no! He will be a backwards organist driver there too! I thought your shift was on the left for standard transmissions?

          Michael

        • RogerM
          RogerM commented
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          Sorry if I confused you - I was talking about the pedals. Yes, gearstick (shift) is on the left of the driving position, in between the two front seats.

      • #6
        Wishing you a speedy recovery. I tore mine several years ago in a skydiving accident. Enjoyed the down time.

        Michael

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        • #7
          As an Arkie who has driven numerous rental cars in the UK, I can say that the foot controls are operated just as they are in the US, with the accelerator pedal on the right and the brake pedal more or less centered below you as you sit in the driver's seat, just like in the US. Both are normally pressed with the right foot. So Allen would be as handicapped driving in the UK as in the US!

          Oh, and get well soon, my friend! It will be tough staying off the organ pedals for several months, but I suspect that once you are back on the pedals your skills will return quickly, and you may even find that you'll play better after a hiatus. There's some kind of phenomenon I once read about that relates to this -- staying away from a particular activity for a period of time often results in returning to it with improved agility, almost like a recurrence of "beginner's luck." So have fun with the piano and get ready for some awesome organ playing!
          John
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          • musicgeek854
            musicgeek854 commented
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            Yes. after i come home from a vacation i seem to play even better.

        • #8
          Sorry to hear Allen. We pray for a speedy and complete recovery. There is always the option of playing the mouth organ in the meantime...:->

          Nico
          "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request... B-)

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          • afuller5
            afuller5 commented
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            I guess I could also play my accordion if someone could tote it for me.

            Allen

        • #9
          Allen, I too wish you a successful recovery. Not being able to drive for 8 weeks is very inconvenient for sure. Guys like us tend to take Drs recommendations about recovery periods not as seriously as we should a lot of times. Probably not the best idea though; they do know more about how long it takes things to heal up properly than we do ( most of the time ).

          I'm retired from owning a vehicle repair shop, and do recall us putting in left foot accelerator pedal extension devices in cars for some clients. It is an extra pedal that goes on the left of the brake pedal, with a rod going back to the actual accelerator pedal. So you are working the pedal as normal, just from a different place on the floor. These are made by various outfits that specialize in handicap accessibility conversions.

          It's been so long since I had to source one of those that I don't recall any Mfgs names though. They were only about 120.00 or so for the kit if I recall correctly, but that was back in the late 90s. Pretty much any competent mechanic could install one - it is not real complicated. But getting an actual kit is the way to do it - rigging a homemade one is way more work than buying the kit.

          I don't know if that would be something you want to bother with for only 2 months, but it is an option.
          Regards, Larry

          At Home : Yamaha Electones : EX-42 ( X 3 !!! ), E-5AR, FX-1 ( X 2 !! ), US-1, EL-25 ( Chopped ). Allen 601D, ADC 6000D. Lowrey CH32-1. At Churches I play for : Allen Q325 ( with Vista ), Allen L123 ( with Navigator ). Rodgers 755. 1919 Wangerin 2/7 pipe organ.

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          • #10
            HI all,

            I should have posted an update on my recovery sooner. However, I am walking and driving now. I have to wear a lace-up brace with my shoe over it though August 12. After that, it will be just the shoe. I am also back playing the organ. Since I play mostly on spinet organs, I can operate the expression pedal fine. I can also use the pedals on the piano properly as well.

            I am thankful that I haven't any complications from my surgery.

            The not driving turned out to be worse than when I originally posted. My mother, who lives with me, was hospitalized and then had to go to in-patient rehab. It was a challenge finding a ride to see her everyday. Additionally, we had relatives from Utah, whom we'd never met, come for a visit. They were very gracious to included me and drive me around on a few outings. But I would have enjoyed the visit more had I been more mobile.

            Later,
            Allen
            Currently own: Roland Atelier AT-90, Yamaha 115D, Roland DP-90SE, Yamaha PSR-S910

            YouTube Channel

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            • myorgan
              myorgan commented
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              Allen,

              Thank you for the update. I hope you continue to recover as well as you already have.

              Michael
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