No, I am not competing, but I have been following the live stream closely.
I watched this competition last year as well thinking that this year I would be there on the floor. Well, not quite, but here’s hoping next year will work out for me.
What I love about this competition is the size of it. There are semi finals in some single dances and scholarships have quarter-finals–even in my age categories. We don’t come even remotely close to that here. It’s a competition where I feel I would really be testing my skills against some of the strongest pro/am dancers out there.
There is also a great variety in multi-dance options, including 6-dance competitions and 10-dance competitions, something else that is very hard to find at most competitions.
I loved watching the Pro Rising Star last night and one of my favourite Canadian couples placed 2nd!! Congratulations to Ilya and Polina from Ottawa!
I have to confess that I am definitely watching the heats where I would be competing and wondering how I place. It’s really hard to tell right now because everything is so very in flux for me.
I seem to be healing well, but at the same time it’s a little more difficult than my last surgery. My drain is causing me a lot more pain, but it’s located just above my left hip flexor so gets compressed when I sit. Both the drain and stitches won’t be removed until next Thursday and I am definitely looking forward to that.
I am really bruised right now too from the liposuction and very swollen. It will take about 4 weeks for the swelling to go down around that. Also, the way my belly is stitched, I have serious doubts that things will be able to ‘even out’, and I am worried I will keep my ‘toadstool’ shape with a big upper belly and non-existent lower belly. Something to ask the surgeon about I guess. Hopefully that can be fixed when he fixes my chest after I lose some more weight.
Still 5 weeks until I can dance again, although right now I honestly can’t imagine it because I am so sore. Boss is away almost right after I am able to return so that will also be a bit of a break. I am ok with that as in the meantime I hope to slowly start back to work, and after May 26th the plan is to try the hormone therapy at half dose again and I don’t want too much going on while I try that.
I have a new family doctor I see today as my other one just had a baby. I know the new doctor because he is also a dancer. That is a little awkward, but perhaps it will also be an advantage as he will understand some of the challenges dance presents. I expect my sick leave will be extended another 30 days, but I sincerely hope this will be the last time. I am so eager to get back to working again.
Well, back to watching Emerald and recovering. I will say that I definitely feel better in general after this last surgery. Like finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am fully ready to start getting back to aspects of my old life like work, regular dance, strength training, etc. Just waiting to heal up that much, but already have a good plan for building back to where I was. I might even take some group classes to help with endurance and transition. We will see. 5 weeks to go.