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Pauline Lerner

Getting better

May 20, 2006 at 7:40 AM

I really hope my ankle injury heals quickly. I’m tired of inactivity. This weekend I was supposed to go out of town with some friends to a camp to play music and enjoy each other’s company. I still can’t walk much without severe pain, so I had to stay home. Next week I will start physical therapy. My doctor wrote me a prescription for six weeks of physical therapy, but my health insurance runs out May 31, so I’ll probably just have two sessions of PT. At first I was going to see a PT in the same building as my doctor, but the round trip cab fare would be $50, so I’ll go elsewhere. I got a list of PTs from my doctor and looked for something closer to home. I found a place about two miles from my home. Normally I could walk there, but if I could walk there, I wouldn’t need physical therapy. I checked some other places on the list and found one that is across the street from my favorite local violin store. What a happy coincidence! Of course, I won’t buy anything there that I don’t really need. I want to get some preventive maintenance on the violin which I got from my childhood violin teacher many years ago. It has tremendous sentimental value for me, and, besides, it has a warm, rich sound that I love. It was made in Germany ca. 1900 and has been played lovingly ever since. I want to try some carbon fiber bows to compare with the wood bows I have. Since I’ve been reading about violin and bow shopping by other v.commies, I realize how fortunate I am in having several very good, large violin stores nearby. The one I’m going to must have a couple hundred violins and bows in stock. Their violins range from about $600 to tens of thousands of dollars. I take a lot of my students there, and I always enjoy being there.
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