Friday, November 06, 2009

Medical Adventure

Cue boring cliché regarding not knowing what you have until you've lost it –– like a functioning rotator cuff. My left shoulder had been a bit sore after taking a fall while singing in the opera. (The fall wasn't accidental; it was part of the shtick in the aria I was singing –– my character was explaining what a good dancer he (THINKS!) he is. Then, during a cadenza, I go into the splits and my voice breaks –– never fails to get a laugh.) I had rehearsed the song in my costume shoes, which were quite slick-soled, probably a consequence of a lot of use in other productions. Before the opera opened, the costume department had put dancing soles on the bottom, giving them a lot more traction. However, the new soles did not quite reach to the back of the heel. When I went into the splits, my front leg's shoe was only in contact with the stage at the slippery heel. It slid quickly out from under me while my right leg was firmly planted on the ball of my foot. I came down hard on my right knee. (That night, my little yelp wasn't acting!) My knee was sore for a few days but soon recovered. My shoulder, on the other hand, got worse and worse as a result of trying to catch myself during that fall. I saw a doctor today and he thinks it's a torn rotator cuff.



Heather said...

This is Heather Morrison, married to Tony, I just have to ask, are you active? Your musings are great but often leave one to wonder...

Latter-Day Guy said...

Yup. Active and card-carrying. Frequently the inspiration for a post is borne out of some sort of frustration, but this frustration is generally a result of LDS culture, rather than the faith itself. I suspect the effect is somewhat magnified by living in Provo; at BYU the conflating of the gospel with culture is especially pernicious.

I won't deny that I am frequently harder on Mormons than non-Mormons, but this isn't because I think the Church isn't true –– in fact, it's just the opposite: because the Church IS true, Latter-day Saints should know better.

Sometimes, I am aware that a post may be a little troubling (or a lot!), but that doesn't really bother me. After all, some of the most important lessons from scripture are very troubling –– and they should be! The waters at the pool of Bethesda only exhibited healing properties after being "troubled" by the angel of the Lord. Similarly, if we forget what a shocking thing it was for Nephi to slay Laban, or if we miss the truly radical nature of the parable of the Good Samaritan, the message and benefit of those stories is largely lost on us.

That being said, there are certainly some challenging things in Church history. When I address those in a post, I try to be as accurate as possible; I don't sugar-coat it. I suppose my philosophy there is simply that it's better to know than not know.

Well, this has been an entirely too-long answer for a very simple query! ;) Thanks for the question, and feel free to comment whenever you like!

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Heather said...

I love it Nicholas, thank you, have to ask, have you read Emma: The Mormon Enigma? I have two brothers and wives who read this book and it drove them to apostasy. They now believe the Book of Mormon is some Egyptian conspiracy.

The book was actually written by a BYU church history teacher, I am not sure if she still works there or not. I mean to actually believe Joseph had sexually relations with his multiple wives was just too much for them to take. Also, come of those wives were 14 and 15 were "raped". Its all very interesting but very difficult to watch your dear family members leave the iron rod and embrace the great and spacious building. Keep musing, its great.