I was sitting in my couch today, as I have done a lot recently, reading the always entertaining Dave Tries Ballet’s latest blogpost about his achievements in the first week of 2012. Since Dave is all “yay, pirouettes and performances and stuff”, I figured I’d level things out a bit with a similar post of my own…
My first week of 2012 has sucked! Big time!
The first week after holidays is always fun, everyone gets back in the studio, back in their tights, back on their pointes. We talk about muscle strain and christmas dinners, laugh about padding ’round the waist and pirouettes that won’t realize the brake is over. It’s all very nice and cozy, really, getting back together with colleagues and, most importantly, back in the ballet studio, doing your ‘thang’.
Only problem is, the only time I was in a studio this week was to say ‘hi’ to my colleagues between their classes, before heading to physiotherapy or the swimming pool or back home to the couch or wherever it was I was going… I won’t whine a lot about it, but being injured sucks. Big time!
If you are following my Tights and Tiaras rambles on Facebook or Twitter, you might already know the story behind why I still haven’t done a single tendu in 2012. If not, here’s the shorty: In the beginning of December, my right knee started hurting. It all came to a peak when I landed badly from a jump onstage, and weren’t able to walk much afterwards.. Bummer. Couple of doctors later, I got the great news: I broke a piece of my meniscus, and need surgery. Double bummer. During surgery, the doctor found that the ‘situation’ in there was worse than expected, pieces of the meniscus had to be removed from both the inside and the outside of my knee, one an older damage, one new. Anymore bummers?!
The good news is, this kind of surgery is very common, especially amongst sportsmen, and most of them return to their full abilities after recovery training. So I’m doing my lifting and stretching and bending, hoping to get back in shape as soon as possible. But first, my knee needs to regain a normal shape..
So, my first week of 2012 has been a shitty one. The computer and the playstation keeps me entertained, but you know, it’s only fun for so long… Not being able to dance when it is all you have ever done is actually really hard. It got me thinking a lot, too, but I’ll let you in on that another time. For now, you know you can count on me for getting some grumpy groans out there on the ether. People, enjoy your classes, your runs in the hills and your bicycle rides. And mind, I’ll catch up on you guys – once I’m able to bend my knee with some weight on it!
Because spending more time in the doctors office than in the ballet studio sucks. Big time!