Topic: flu like symptoms and reeds

I arose at 2:30 this am with flu like symptoms...throwing up and real achy.  Problem is I was working on a dozen reeds yesterday preparing them to ship to students.  I recall reading about making a bleach solution (10/1 water to bleach) and dipping reeds in that prior to shipping to sterilize them.  Do you think that will be OK or do I need to dump the reeds I was working on yesterday and start working on some more reeds in a couple days when I recover?


Frank Watson
Greenville (SC) Symphony
Spartanburg Philharmonic
Converse College


Re: flu like symptoms and reeds

Frank, they should be safe uf you use the bleach treatment -- 1 part bleach to 6 parts water. Soak 30 sec, then rinse like mad for 2 min to get rid of the taste. A final dip in a minty mouthwash will make them nore palatable, but rinse after this, too. Of course, let them air-dry thoroughly before tubing and mailing.

Dr. Bill Dawson, bassoonist and teacher
IDRS medical consultant
Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Assoc.
Author of "Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy"