>> I almost lost my stick a few times!!!
I've had this happen before. So now I always bring extra sticks in a stick bag or stick holder close by. I twirl or lose a stick, and just pick up another one.
Problem happens when the stick get caught in the drum pedal. Then you have to get creative. I've lasted a song while I played a good part of the kick on floor tom until I could unstick the stick.
Being a live "artist", you just learn to go with the flow. That's like being any type of performer. Difference between a pro and an amateur. They prepare for everything and still can pull of a convincing set when *everything* goes wrong.
Hope that helps...