A week ago, I was celebrating The Summer Solstice. The planets were all shining bright in the night sky: the crescent Moon, Venus, Jupiter…you name ‘em and they were there celebrating with me. The energy was intense and a whole lotta gravity was pulling me towards that force. After all the years I’ve spent dancing on tabletops, I was a gravitational pro. Then, I took one little step. One. A very ordinary step at 4am from my outdoor wooden bathhouse step to the soft earth path that led me back to the boho gypsy cabin I’ve dreamt of my whole life. Just one step and I broke my tibia, fibula and shattered the rest. I have few memories of my journey to the emergency room or the surgery that followed. There was much fuss with the nursing staff about my singular legal name: Dolphina and the fact that they needed to fill in both fields in their computer. Each new person that x-rayed my leg or prepped me for surgery would read my chart with the same confusion, “Dolphina Dolphina? You have two of the same name?” After much discussion about my name or lack of a last name, my surgeon informed me that my leg “is really bad” that I should go into surgery immediately and the words no dancer wants to hear, “you won’t be able to bear any weight your leg for minimum of 6 weeks and then, [pause] we will see.” The forecast was not calling for sunny weather. And then I went unconscious and under the knife.
When I regained consciousness, I was being wheeled on a gurney to my hospital room by a nurse who smelled liked coconut and remedied the name confusion with her newly given moniker: Dsquared. Later on, my surgeon informed me that my operation was a success and instead of boring old bones, I now have screws, plates, bells, whistles…I am officially bionic! My awesome friends have coordinated my healing recovery with a vacation at each of their houses for 2 weeks each. Wait a minute? I get to have sleepovers with my besties all summer long? Sign me out and sign me up! I logged on my iphone and noticed everyone’s pics were now rainbows. Oh how long I have held onto this hope: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And now it’s reality: LOVE WINS!
Posted on Sun, June 28, 2015
by Ms. Dolphina