Vagabond Princess Recovery Fund

Update posted by samantha emanuel On Apr 17, 2018

Spring has finally hit Burgundy and what a difference that makes!

I hadn't quite realised how much the damp, dark weather had been affecting my head state and injuries. Seems I am now a human barometer, feeling the rain in me bonezzzz. Now that the sun has come out I feel I have more energy and less pain. End of March was pretty tough but things are feeling better with the Spring in full bloom. The cherry tree blossom is stunning this year.

I stopped using crutches to get around town over a week ago, which is great but as I'm walking with a limp, the supporting muscles fatigue easily. I feel it's not a real human walk yet, more of a robotic gait but as long as I'm patient, and mindful as I move, it'll come. We have started very slowly stretching the damaged adductor muscles, it's going to be a long road, as is getting the muscles strong again. My ribcage is still painful, especially mornings. I'm trying to work on releasing and relaxing the diaphragm through breathe work... Slowly. Luckily I'm in good hands with my physiotherapist.

Unfortunately I have had to cancel the remaining workshops I had hoped to be able to teach this Spring and Summer and also bow out of a big collaborative performance project (with three incredible classical musicians) that had shows booked this Summer and Autumn. I am heartbroken this particular door has had to close for now, but I hope to be able to pass the project onto another dancer so all won't be lost. New doors will open, new projects will come but for now I have to be patient in order to fully recover. If I run back to work too soon I will only risk setting myself back.

I want to thank each of you again for your donations, for sharing the fund and for your messages of support. You keep me moving on. I also want to thank all of the students who have been so understanding about the postponing of workshops. I miss you all so much and I look forward to seeing you when I'm fighting fit again, in whatever form that may be.

Love

Sam

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Update posted by samantha emanuel On Apr 02, 2018

111 Backers and €5050 !!!! Absolutely amazing. Thank you all so much. Your donations will help me get back on my dancing feet, baby step at a time.

Good news from the specialist visit in Lyon. No surgery needed, just patience!

It was great to have a second opinion to set my mind at ease. Now that I know I dont need surgery, I can focus on rehab without worrying I risk damaging the pelvic structure. He said the tissue surrounding the fractures will protect the bones as they heal. He said to expect 6 months before I can get back into dance. That was hard to hear as in my mind I was thinking 6 weeks max, but I have to accept the fact that if I rush back too soon I could set my recovery back.

It was good to look at the scans from the night of the accident as I had not been able to see them in detail at the hospital. He showed me the extent of the fractures, including the sacrum sectioned from above. I had not realised quite how displaced that break was. We noticed my lower right rib in the back was fractured too which explains a few things in the pain department. All in all good news. I just have to be patient. Not my strong point, but I'm getting better at letting go and going slow...I think. (Not sure my husband would agree!!)

Physio is going well and this week I will stop using crutches. I'll be celebrating when the wheelchair and crutches go back to where they came from. Mobility wise I feel more comfortable being on the floor for Pilates and being on my feet to cook etc. Long as I dont push things I can feel improvements daily.

Thank you so much for following these updates. Knowing you are out there supporting really means the world to me.

Love

Sam




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Update posted by samantha emanuel On Mar 25, 2018

Dearest all,

Apologies for the time in-between updates, been off line a lot lately, focusing on rehab and lawyers, family life and reading/researching. I'm not able to work on our house build project until my hips have stabilised but thanks to my hard working husband things are still moving ahead, slowly but surely.

I have an appointment booked in to see a hip specialist in Lyon this week to get a second opinion on the pubic bone fractures. Just to be sure I am doing the right things and to be reassured an operation is not in order.

Physio is going well, I go 3 times per week. Each session is an hour and a half and mixes gym equipment exercise, Osteopathy, various gadgets and gismos to stimulate bone growth and acupuncture to finish. I feel pretty fatigued most of the time now as I am moving more, getting things done around the house, taking care of my daughter. I have to remind myself continually to move slow, I cannot rush around as before. It's a great exercise in mindfulness.

I consider myself very lucky to have my Pilates training as I can continue my physio at home alone. Last week I managed to sit on the floor cross legged for the first time since the accident. Not for very long but felt like a big deal to me! I was also able to complete some side lying Pilates exercises, it all went OK until I tried to lift my leg in adduction and nothing happened. My left adductor (inner thigh muscle) isn't working, which isn't a surprise as it was injured in the accident, and has limited a lot of movement but to try to lift my leg and have nothing happen was so strange. There is a way to go yet. Getting flexibility back around the adductors is going to take time. Better get that visualisation going! Full box splits thank you very much!

I am mixing up a storm on the green smoothie front. Drinking all kinds of herbs and potions to stimulate bone growth. Taking homeopathic remedies, minerals and nettles and more. Slathering on comfrey balm externally and dreaming about heading to a hot spring...!

Head state wise I am doing some trauma release work with a specialist as I started having nightmares and anxiety attacks related to the incident. I feel like emotions are releasing as we are working through things and I am feeling stronger.

I will let you all know how the visit to the specialist goes. For now, thank you for following these posts, for sharing the fund and for your donations.

Love

Sam


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It sounds like you are doing all of the right things! I think of you often and send lots of healing love XO

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Update posted by samantha emanuel On Mar 16, 2018

88 beautiful backers! Thank you so much. I haven't been able to update as often as I would like, but know that I am thinking of each of you and I'm so grateful for your support.

I had my six week Xray on Tuesday and have to admit I was disappointed. I imagined the bones would be further along than they are. Mentally that hit me harder than it probably should have. I know it takes time, but I couldn't help hoping to see better results after six weeks. I was told by the surgeon to be careful for another six weeks. He doesn't seem worried but I am going seek out a second opinion for peace of mind. There are some hip specialists in Lyon I am going to try to see.

I am continuing my physiotherapy sessions, three per week, but not pushing things to the next level yet. I am also going to see a therapist to help with talking through the incident and the subsequent trauma, to try to clear my head (and body) of things I have not yet dealt with. I am drinking lots of green concoctions to try and help things along. Thank you all for your suggestions on social media!

You can follow frequent updates on my instagram.

To be real, some days are hard mentally and physically. But I know deep down I really am very lucky. The accident was not fatal. The breaks could have been worse. I am surrounded by very good people. I have my beautiful family and a roof over my head. We will get through all this. I will get back to dance. I will find a way to thank you all for your support!!!

Love

Sam


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Update posted by samantha emanuel On Mar 09, 2018

I'm seeing donations and shares from all corners of the globe. I'm not sure how to convey how blown away I am by your generosity and support. Speechless. For today's update just this: Gracias. Merci. Grazie. ありがとう. Danke. Spasiba. Obrigado. Xièxie. Shukran. Dhanyavaad.고맙습니다. Tesekkür ederim. Terima kasih. Dziekuje. Дякую. Mulțumesc. Хвала. Keep sharing. Thank you. Love x

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Update posted by samantha emanuel On Mar 07, 2018

Thank you all so much for your donations and for sharing the fund far and wide. I want to thank each of you individually but I am not sure I can just yet. Sitting is still very uncomfortable! So time at the computer is limited. But I want you to know I am blown away and so grateful by the response so far. I am feeling very lucky indeed.

I plan to book myself into more specialised rehab and onto courses and certifications that will both help me get back to dance and teach me how to help others. I will keep you updated here, both on how my rehab is progressing and what trainings I am going to explore. As without YOU it would not be possible.

Love

Sam

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Get well soon x

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Sending you lots of healing love and a little change...hope it helps. Love You!

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Sam- you got this! And we all have your back! Love, Cynthia

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