That is a video of me playing at the live recording of the last album The Shore. I'm raising funds so I can do that once again.
Ok so there's no easy way of saying it, almost two months ago a little dog was trying to bite my dog Watson's ear off so I defended Watson and the dog bit the end of my left index finger off. I won't forget that moment when i looked at my finger to see the end had gone leaving a piece of bone sticking out. I can tell you that my life flashed before my eyes. Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing and anyone will tell you that you don't get between two dogs. I should have kicked it away but i didn't and that is that. Please let this be a hard lesson for you to spread amongst your friends and loved ones.
It of course required surgery which I had a few hours after it happened. I don't want to go through all the gory details however the surgeon rebuilt the end of my finger with a piece of skin from the finger and the use of a skin graft for another area. Thankfully there was no tendon or muscle damage. However the finger is a little shorter now just a little bit longer than my third finger. I'm gonna have to change my technique a little.
Some you might be wondering why I didn't tell you this sooner well to be honest I just wanted to go and lick my wounds in private for a while until I was ready to tell you now that progress has been made.
Two months on there's still quite a bit of pain like I'm constantly touching a match, sometimes it's like touching lightening, let's say that. I've been on painkillers since it happened although the ones I'm taking now are nothing compared to the ones I took for ten days after the operation. I could have been run over by a truck and not felt it. I have some feeling in the "new" skin but because it was from just below the wound my brain feels it in the wrong place. The surgeon said it will take a while for my brain to redo the wiring for this.
I'll spare you the gory details however here is a photo after a month. Yup, my index finger is a big shorter now and yes there were a few stitches and a skin graft.
One of the big issues is movement of the hand and my other fingers. For 4 weeks I was in a "cast" made out of carbon fibre these days. Some of you will already know this but when you stop moving your hand for 4 weeks your hand freezes up and soon you can hardly move your fingers. You have no mobility and no strength. The tendons shorten and you can not curl your fingers like before. I knew i would have problems with the damaged finger but i didn't see this coming. Stretching tendons in your fingers is as painful as it sounds. I also didn't see the inflammation of the joints coming or the swelling of my fingers and hand. So right now i am doing regular exercises every day which is painful and physio twice a week which is even more painful. It doesn't matter how much it hurts. This will continue for two months. The swelling will pass as will the inflammation of the joints. I am already able to curl my fingers way more. Here's how it is looking right now.
All in all, there is the surgery, treatment, many local nurse visits, medication and now physio to pay for and that is why I need your help. I need to do as much physio as possible to get my fingers working properly again.
I want to get back to playing, it's what I am here on this planet to do. So many of you have asked me when I'm touring and we were making plans but right now they are obviously on hold. Please support me so i can do everything that is necessary to keep playing, writing and recording for you, to keep bringing you music and to tour and meet you guys that have enjoyed my music and supported me thus far.
I am raising funds to pay for the medical treatment and therapy, the trip to the hospital and surgery, the care afterwards by visiting nurses, the subsequent appointments with the surgeon, specialists and physio. It all adds up. The goal here is set at the minimum of 2000 euros but I really need double that. We can get there.
It would be most appreciated if you could participate in the campaign at whatever level you feel comfortable with. And please can you share the campaign with your friends and whoever you feel can further the campaign, media, bloggers and other artists you know or are fans of. The more people know the more likely we can achieve our goal.
I of course offer you my deepest thanks and will never forget those that have supported me. I will oner day do a concert especially for all those that have supported the campaign.
As far as this injury is concerned, it will be difficult but I am working hard and I will succeed no matter how painful or uncomfortable it is right now. Please help me along this tricky part of the road so I can play for you again soon.
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