well i have my first of two carpal tunnel surgeries booked for tomorrow at noon on my right hand. the other hand gets operated on two weeks after. has taken almost a year to get these surgeries approved by Worksafe and i cannot wait to get it done and over with; i have so much life to live... i have a new band waiting for me when i return; i have a new bass i haven`t really explored yet; and my work needs me but are supportive. of all the thing i worry about, it is if i will play better or worse than before. mind you, i have been in a compromised state of pain and discomfort for so long that i am betting i will have a new lease on life. i know that both hands got damaged over a lifetime of hard physical work; i am only 42. one thing i learned along the way-life is a marathon and not a sprint...i wish i would have paced myself better over the years but i am an all or nothing kinda guy... take care of your hands folks; do not ignore the signs. your body will tell you when to shut it down or take a step back. wish me good fortune on my road to recovery and i will never take playing my bass for granted again.