As in, there’s something wrong here.

This is what it looks like to be in the one percent.  No, I’m not in the securities industry, bumping up against protesters in Zuccotti Park. Last time I looked, I didn’t have an income of $717,000 or assets worth millions. I’m not one of the 1.2 million people that Barron’s says ” look a lot more like regular folk than most of us really realize.”

I’m in the other one percent, the one with the real pith-and-marrow folks who sometimes have a bad reaction to a medication. I opted for a new procedure to correct the Dupuytren’s Contracture that was cramping my style.

There’s a history of Dupuytren’s in my short, swarthy, brown-eyed Italian family, in spite of the fact that the contracture is most common in tall, blue-eyed Nordic men. Collagen slowly builds up over the years and thickens into a rope-like cord. In my palm, I had a painful lump that caused my finger to curl until I couldn’t straighten it, lay my hand flat, or play the piano.

The new FDA-approved, non-operative, minimally invasive solution? An injection of Xiaflex, a protein that breaks down the collagen in the hand. And surprisingly, in other places as well.



 Unintended consequences I never, neh-ver expected:  swelling, bruising and pain in my hand, up my arm, down my side.

But what went wrong finally went right.

The sweet sounds are back...


Toni 8/14/12


  1. Oh, its beautiful! I’ve listened once and will listen again – what a gift you have and what a gift you shared with your blogger buddies. I’m so glad you’re better. New medicines so often have risks, I’m glad you recovered.


  2. I have to tell you, I read your post and looked at the last shot of your poor hand and then hit the play button on your post and there they are…tears running down my face. Your playing is lovely and I hope you feel the pain etc. was worth being able to share this piece with us.


  3. For a proof is in the pudding comment see below:
    Toni plays her beautiful piano with her beautiful hands while I try to play my This Week’s Cello Challenge. Her fingers work great now, and I’m inspired to practice more so that she doesn’t have to do so much beautiful playing and waiting and altering the score to cover up for my squeaks and squawks.


  4. Beautiful… you have such a light touch on the keyboard. I could listen forever. When is the next concert? Perhaps you and Patty can do a cello-piano piece. Braval would be so pleased.


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