Help Heal Simon Lynge's Hand

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Simon sustained a very serious injury to his right hand this week. As a musician, this is a crushing blow to his livelihood and very scary. In Simon's words: (Dansk nedenunder)

Dear Friends

On Wednesday night June 20th, one of my worst nightmares came true.

By an accident in the kitchen with a very sharp knife I cut myself very deeply in three fingers on my right hand. I severed both tendons, a nerve and partially the artery in my right ring finger and at least a tendon in my little and middle finger. I saw a hand specialist in Seattle yesterday and there’s a relatively small chance that I will fully regain my fine motor skills in my right hand. Everyone who has seen or heard me play knows that my songs and my way of playing guitar is based on finger picking and then there’s also the piano. My heart is broken.  The guitar and music is such a big joy in my life and I provide for my family with the music. I have to go through a big surgery on my hand in Seattle on Tuesday and after that a long period of rehabilitation. Hopefully I can find a way to play my songs again; I will do everything I possibly can and I choose to believe in a miracle.

The accident was indirectly caused by a verbal and nearly physical attack from a neighbor earlier that evening. I would rather not go into detail here, but I was deeply shocked and scared senseless and it was while Janna and I were talking about this event that I got distracted and in anger cut way too hard through a hotdog that I was holding in my right hand. I cannot explain why I was cutting with my left hand when I’m right-handed; I was still in shock.

I need your help. I have health insurance which will hopefully cover the cost of surgery and the ambulance to the emergency room and the emergency room stay Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but there’s a big chance I’m going to have to pay for the cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy. Aside from that I have to cancel many already planned shows this summer and fall, including a tour that Janna booked and that we were going to embark on next week with our boys. I may also have to postpone the release of my new album.

I need peace and time to heal and I cannot perform and earn money for a yet to be determined length of time. Janna now has the additional burden of caring for me and taking on more household tasks. Your donation will help sustain our family for the next few months of recovery, as well as cover the cost of physical therapy, which my surgeon explained is absolutely crucial to healing and regaining the use of my hand.

Thank you for whatever way you can help. I am very grateful for your support.


Simon pådrog sig en meget alvorlig skade på sin højre hånd denne uge. Som musiker er det en stor trussel mod hans levevej og meget skrœmmende. I Simons egne ord:

Kœre venner

Onsdag aften d. 20. juni blev et af mine vœrste mareridt til virkelighed.

Ved et uheld i køkkenet med en meget skarp kniv skar jeg mig selv meget dybt i tre fingre på min højre hånd. Jeg har skåret begge ledbånd, nerve og delvist blodåren over i min ringfinger, samt mindst et ledbånd i min lillefinger. Jeg var hos en håndspecialist i Seattle igår og der er relativt lille chance for at jeg fuldt ud genvinder min finmotorik i højre hånd.

Alle der har set eller hørt mig spille ved at mine sange og min måde at spille guitar er baseret på fingerspil og så er der selvfølgelig også klaver. Mit hjerte er knust. Guitaren og musik er så stor en glœde i mit liv og jeg forsørger min familie med musikken.

Jeg skal igennem en stor operation i hånden i Seattle på tirsdag og derefter en lang periode med genoptrœning, hvor jeg forhåbentlig kan finde en måde at spille mine sange igen; jeg vil gøre alt hvad jeg overhovedet kan og jeg vœlger at tro på et mirakel.

Uheldet var indirekte forårsaget af et verbalt og nœsten fysisk angreb fra min nabo, som jeg helst ikke vil beskrive i detaljer, men det var mens Janna og jeg talte om denne hœndelse, at jeg distraheret i vrede skar alt for hårdt igennem en hotdog som jeg holdt i højre hånd. Jeg kan ikke forklare hvorfor jeg skar med venstre hånd når jeg er højrehåndet; jeg var stadig i chok.

Jeg har brug for Jeres hjœlp. Jeg har sundhedsforsikring, som forhåbentlig vil dœkke operationen og ambulancekørslen og opholdet på skadestuen onsdag aften/torsdag morgen; der er dog stor chance for at jeg kommer til at kœmpe om omkostningerne for genoptrœning. Derudover er der stor chance for at jeg må jeg aflyse mange allerede planlagte koncerter denne sommer inklusiv en turne Janna har booket for os og jeg måsandsynligvis udskyde udgivelsen af min nye plade.

Jeg har brug for fred til at hele og jeg kan ikke optrœde og tjene penge i en endnu uvis periode. Janna skal nu bœre den ekstra byrde det bliver at hjœlpe mig og tage sig af børnene og husholdningen. Jeres hjœlp vil holde min familie ovenvande de nœste måneder mns jeg heles og også bidrage til omkostningerne for genoptrœning, hvilket min kirurg siger bliver meget vigtigt for min hånds rehabilitering.


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Hi, this is Simon writing.
I just want to extend my deep gratitude to everyone who’s donated, it makes such a big difference.
I’ve had a few rough days lately, feeling down and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge to bring my hand back and really missing my guitar and all the activities I enjoy. All day long I’m confounded to a chair, heating my hand for fifteen minutes and then ten minutes of exercises followed by ten mins of icing - every hour I’m awake every day for the first 4 weeks after surgery. I’m already going a bit stir crazy...
I’ve also been dealing with intense pain in the left side of my body, since that has taken over everything that I normally do with both my hands.
This past Friday I had some of the stitches taken out, but some were left in since there was not enough closure of the wounds yet. It was the first time I saw my hand since the surgery and it was quite intense, I have attached a couple photos to this update and yes they are graphic, but that is my reality right now and it feels good to share... I hope you don’t mind .
I’m working hard and being diligent to bring my hand back and to keep my head up through this ordeal. It is my intention and my vision to come out of this stronger and wiser. Thank you all so much for your love and support. Simon
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Thank you all for your caring and for your donations. They are helping a great deal to reduce our financial stress. We can't fathom how we would get through this otherwise and we appreciate it tremendously.

Simon had his first physical therapy appointment on Monday in Issaquah, east of Seattle (2 1/2 hours each way with a ferry ride). He will have subsequent therapy here in Port Townsend with a Certified Hand Therapist, but they couldn't fit him in until Thursday, and the doctor wanted Simon to start as soon as possible. His pain is greatly reduced, though sometimes it comes in a sudden wave. He's doing his best to take absolutely minimal pain medication, and is mostly relying on Tylenol at this point.
The main purpose of the first therapy visit was to make a custom splint that he can remove to do therapy exercises, and to give Simon his first at-home exercises which will keep the tendons moving and prevent fusing of the tendons and other tissues.
When the therapist unwrapped Simon's bandages down to the gauze covering the sutures, we were a bit surprised at how many incisions there had been, including on his palm, which we had been unaware of. (the last photo below shows gauze covered sutures with dried blood- if you're super sensitive you might want to avoid).
Simon has an appointment with the doctor to remove the sutures and check his progress this Friday afternoon, which will be 10 days after surgery.
He has started doing the movements which he is supposed to do every waking hour, preceded by 15 minutes of heat and followed by 10 minutes of ice. In other words, a full time job! There are passive movements which he does with his good hand, moving each joint of his fingers 15 times a session (each hour), as well as gently using his strength to slightly flex his fingers all together. It's a long road to recovery, but Simon is determined to do what he needs to do to get his hand back.

Keep the healing thoughts coming!
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First, thank you SO much to everyone who has donated so far, and to all of the prayers and healing wishes coming Simon's way. You are all making an amazing difference for Simon and our family.

A bit more of the story:
Simon went into surgery Tuesday at 1pm. The doctor said it would take at least 2 hours, they had scheduled 3 1/2, and it ended up taking 4 hours 20 minutes. Whew! I was getting more nervous towards the end, as there was no way to get an update from the OR, but I also hoped that no news meant good news. It was indeed the case, and the surgery seemed to be quite successful. The doctor repaired 5 tendons, 2 nerves and 1 artery. 3 of those tendons were in Simon's ring finger. There are basically 2 flexor tendons in our fingers (what allows you to make a fist), but one of those bifurcates (becomes 2) and that is where Simon got cut. The surgeon also took extra care with Simon's nerve repair, because of his need for sensitive fingers as a musician. He generally repairs nerves using a 3X optical loop, but he used a microscope so as to be as precise as possible. Hurray for caring doctors!
Before surgery, Simon was completely unable to flex his ring and middle fingers. The doctor did not put Simon under general anesthesia, so he could wake him from his drowsy drugged state and have him 'test' the repairs. He took a video of this while Simon's little finger was still opened up, and showed it to me after the surgery. Luckily I am not at all squeamish, and let me tell you, as strange as that was to see, it was a beautiful sight to see Simon completely close his fingers into a fist! Simon was actually permitted to look at his hand in the moment when he did that, and felt incredible joy too.
After the surgery in the recovery room, as the numbing wore off, Simon's pain increased to a really intense level. They were giving him I.V. pain medication, but nothing was giving him relief. It was incredibly intense, and he said the it was the most pain he's ever experienced. This went on for 45 minutes or more I think. It was maddening that nothing was working and very difficult to see. This was supposed to be outpatient surgery, and I was to take him home, but that became impossible because they needed to get his pain under control to be able to release him. After 4 hours in the recovery room, they admitted him to the hospital and we stayed the night. He didn't have an episode quite as bad as in the recovery room, but it was still very intense. He had been given a tremendous amount of medication to try to get the pain under control, and sometime in the afternoon the next day, he came out of those woods, as we all helped determine which medication was helping the best, and which wasn't.

We finally arrived home at about 9:30 last night, and we both got a pretty good night's sleep.

Simon will have to work with a certified hand therapist twice a week for the next 8 weeks, and once a week beyond that.

So now, the healing journey begins.
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