A few months ago, I had a slow-growing backlog of custom harps, tool kits and combs and I was working 60-hour weeks. That workload level had been on a tangent for the past two to three years; the more my productivity got better, the busier I got.
This was really fun and rewarding and my family understood and supported me as I was always working.
My body started to tell me to slow down and I had to undergo some physiotherapy for my back and shoulders as well as steroid injections in my fingers.
Then a few weeks ago, both my father and my father-on-law went in for surgery on the same day in two different cities. That was a hard day.
My Father-in-law and my Mother-in-law stayed with us during the recovery period because she too, requires care which he usually provides.
My Father-in-law is fully recovered and back home today. But I am still facing some serious challenges and need to prioritise spending time with family.
I have not stopped working. I am slowly working through a backlog of custom harps.
I have stopped taking new orders for custom harmonicas for the time being.
My communication is also slow. Please understand that it's sometimes overwhelming to answer a question around completion dates. I feel terrible for missing all your harps' deadlines. Things seem to be changing from day-to-day and I don't want to make more promises I can't keep.
If I had to guess, three months' delay. Ballpark.
I would appreciate your understanding if you are waiting for an instrument from me. I can't work at the speed I am used to but the work I can get done keeps me going. Completing a custom harp is very rewarding. I am privileged to have this job.
Thanks for your support.
Andrew

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