Bruce, I can relate to a lot of what you are saying. Always loved playing music and still do. Trying to just keep up on chores around here, and natural aging makes it hard with all the new akes and pains to perform as well as I once could. My father played and got all five of us boys playing too, as children. My two sisters sang but never picked up any instruments. I'm still picking it up, now and then, and playing at family functions like Thanksgiving with others and one of my brothers too. It's a new pain in my right wrist that runs all the way up to my elbow, feels like a broken arm. After I rest it a 1/2 hour or so it eases off some. Kind of glad it's the right, since I chord with left, and can still hold the pick with right and use it. What kind of music do you play? Also very sorry about your severe arthritis in your wrist but am glad to hear you're still picking it up and trying.