February 22nd 2005
"We can do it."
World War II slogan. Rusty's slogan...
RUSTY'S "SHOULDER ADVENTURE"
Well, I'm up and running again. About 50%. Thanks to all of you for being so beautifully supportive throughout this past week of my Shoulder Adventure. What a ride. I know it's not over yet, but I have to say, you all are the best support and therapy a girl could ask for.
I got over 120 emails and countless phone calls from you during the past five days. And they were so lovely, I decided to post them on the website. You can take a look HERE.
To recap: I had arthroscopic surgery to fix three problems; two tears and a bone spur. I ended up with seven incisions. The surgery took three hours and was more complicated than they expected. I was in the hospital for a total of eleven hours (with my wonderful parents standing by on vigil).
I'm in an "immobilizing" contraption right now, and will be in a sling for 4-6 weeks. But, as luck would have it, I CAN TYPE! Ron came over yesterday, and, as luck would have it, I CAN DANCE (with no right hand involvement). If you've ever wanted to see what "smiling from ear to ear" looks like, you should have been over to see that first dance!
I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again this Wednesday for my birthday celebration at the Rhythm Club --- Vintage Western Themed! I won't be dancing much (if at all), but if you see me out on the dance floor, trust that I am dancing with someone who is of the advanced enough level to handle me with care (I have loads of experience in that department from the broken neck adventure. So don't worry. I promise not to over-do it, and I'll be VERY careful.
See you tomorrow nite! Rain or shine!!!!!
By the way, this whole shoulder injury was not a result of dancing. It actually started years ago when I was skiing. There was a young hot shot kid who whizzed past me catching his ski pole in mine, flipping me around upside down on the snow and ripping my arm out of the socket. (Of course, he didn't stop). After waiting in vain for someone to stop and help me, I yanked the arm back in the socket and made my way down the hill. Since that time, the arm has been susceptible to dislocation. I have probably dislocated it another three times swing dancing. The last time was in December 2004, doing a basic Level 1 Lady's turn. It just went "tear". Time to get it fixed, eh!
RUSTY'S 2000 "BROKEN NECK AND CERVICAL CORD ADVENTURE"
For those of you who don't know, in 2000, I suffered a broken neck (five breaks, actually -- C1 in three places, C2, and C6) and an incomplete cervical cord injury at C2. It has been one LONG haul. But the great thing is that all my students really stood by me throughout the entire struggle. You can read about it, if you want HERE, and see photos HERE of the "great hospital adventure", and HERE for how I coped with the "Halo", and HERE to view the aerial the caused it (not the accident).
Rusty being serenaded by Pops Walsh - Stompy Jones
(left to right) Lovelynn Jensen, Jean Veloz, Lauren Sjoblom (age 10!), and Rusty
My broken neck was certainly one of those cases, with everyone rallying around. And I know for certain that this will be the case. Wish me luck, men start practicing leads for the lady's's left hand, and see you all on the dance floor!
NEW TUESDAY SERIES -- GET PRE-REGISTER DISCOUNT
Our new Monday and Tuesday series begin NEXT week. Our Featured Class is "Opposite Leads". This series was set up just for Rusty, wait, just for YOU! The idea came about because Rusty will be unable to use her right arm for sometime. So in practicing, we came up with loads of great moves that get forgotten that utilize the lady's left arm. Oh boy! So get ready, fellow, we're really gonna work your brain. And get ready ladies, we're really gonna work on your left arm following!
Remember, Level 4 students, you can come back through any Level 1, 2, or 3 classes for $10/each for the entire series!
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