I have always valued accurate, precise, deliberate dexterity. Typing is one of those things that demands a certain amount of dexterity.
An incredible Christmas gift
I got a Christmas gift from a relative when I was probably around 9 years old; it was a how-to-type book. I remember devouring that book up with our family’s type-writer in the basement. Yes, an old fashioned type-writer. The keys got stuck, and I used much ink practicing every page in that book. I think it was one of the best gifts and best memories. Today, I want to thank my relatives for that awesome gift about 35 Christmases ago. I think it helped lead me to a life where dexterity was of utmost importance – especially as a surgeon and Botox injector.
Excuses, excuses, excuses
If I could make excuses, for the result above (121 words per minute) I’m typing on an uneven surface, at an unreasonable height. One of these days, I’ll try to find a stable surface to type upon – or a different keyboard for that matter – one that doesn’t squeak and doesn’t bounce around, and I hope to have an even better result. I believe that the height of my typing speed was back in high school, and it’s been somewhat slowed down on purpose because of respect for carpal tunnel syndrome -which I somewhat suffered from during my Surgery training years. My carpal tunnel is just about gone, but I know part of that was from watching the way I type. So I typed this whole paragraph probably at 100 words per minute which is a relaxed pace for me.
Dexterity for Surgery, Piano, and Botox Injections
Surgery depends a lot of dexterity. So does playing the piano. And so should Botox injections.
I have some unique ideas of developing and maintaining my Botox dexterity with Piano Practice.
As with piano playing, I like to keep my wrist supple and flexible when injecting Botox.
When injecting fillers, there are times where I have to do finger stretches to be able to maintain tension on the skin with my non-dominant hand, and then I also sometimes have to reach for the plunger which may be in slightly awkward positions for my dominant hand – it depends on the style of the plunger. Radiesse Volume Advantage is one of the larger syringes due to it’s 1.5 cc volume which is more than some of the other syringes of dermal filler.
Timing is also key in Botox injections. Timing is a big deal in music and performing piano.
Then there’s the grace in lifting off from the actual Botox injection. It would be a shame to waste Botox with a heavy handed lift-off – in that case, the Botox isn’t injected into the muscle – it might even be injected into the air. Thus a light lift-off is key. It’s akin to musical phrasing with the tapering that occurs and the lifting off of each note too.
Here’s a piano piece which is dedicated to finger dexterity building. It is also one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever encountered in an finger dexterity etude. This piece is also known as the Aeolian Harp Etude.
Yes, that’s me. Recorded at my home in Modesto, California. Yes, this is one of the great things you can do in Modesto – practice piano! And record piano for YouTube! And write this blog… ok, the list goes on and on regarding great things in Modesto, CA.
“Technically, the piece requires both dexterity and velocity, good balance and weighting of the arms coupled with flexible finger stretches”.
For me my dexterity and musical challenges are: evenness, flexibility in the wrist, and flexibility with finger stretches, light touch, and musical line phrasing. I hope to continue to work on this to make it even better.