Tuesday, September 7, 2021

How many shoes are in your dance bag?

My dance bag is a collector of stuff I think that I might need, should some unforeseen circumstance arise that never does. Every few months I'll go though it and strip it down to the essentials, but somehow it always fills up again.

This evening, an unforeseen circumstance actually arose.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

An unexpected surprise

I was fully prepared to wake up this morning and find a repeat of last week's stiffness and muscle spasms, especially since I don't seem to be able to take the easy path (staying on flat instead of demi-pointe) even when offered.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

I can walk again!

The week in bullets, with no exaggerations:

  • Tuesday, finally going back to class was thrilling!
  • Tuesday night I slept only fitfully because of muscle spasms in my legs.
  • Wednesday morning I could barely walk from my bedroom to my home office. Stairs worked only if I stepped up with my left leg. 
  • Thursday I couldn't raise my right leg high enough to get into the car, and had to use my hands to lift it in.
  • Friday I could sort-of waddle up the stairs using both legs, but had to hike my right hip to do it 
  • Saturday (today) I could finally walk without pain.
Anyone taking bets on my post-class condition next week?


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

I remember this... and I wish I didn't!

I've sometimes said that ballet is like a narcotic: as long as you keep doing it you're fine, but if you stop then go back it'll hurt you.

I'm kinda prone to leg cramps, which is a side-effect of an asthma medication I take. Last night, as I was falling asleep, I started getting cramps in my calf muscles. Not terribly surprising, given what I do to them in class, but very unwelcome. Through trial and error I've found that keeping my legs cool helps prevent them, so I spent the night sleeping with the A/C cranked and a comforter over the upper half of my body. It's not terribly comfortable, but it's better than screaming in pain.

This morning I felt reasonably rested, but I could barely walk. It's now after 6pm and walking is still difficult; stairs would be impossible without using the handrail for support.

The really sad thing is I knew this would happen.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Back in class!

 It took a bit longer than I expected, but tonight I attended my first in-person ballet class in 16 months. That's the longest I've been out of class since I started taking classes again ten years ago. Even heart surgery only kept me out of class for 10 weeks.