1540News from Wilhelm
- Apr 8, 2010I've been thinking of writing this letter for a bit but it is hard.
Most of you don't know, but I have been injured. It limits my ability
to travel and fence.
I have been encountering problems with Sciatic nerve since January,
and I was unable to fence. It was looking healed by the end of
February, and I was starting to fence again. At the start of March a
virus attacked the sciatic nerve in my right leg. The virus is gone,
but there may be permanent damage.
My right foot is numb, the degree and size of numbness changes (which
the professionals tell me is a good sign). The muscles in my right
leg are not responding properly. I've lost a lot of muscle mass and
movement in my legs (right one in particular)...
The medical professionals are hoping the nerve will heal itself and
the problem will just go away. They really don't know what is wrong
other than the nerve is not working properly. I have an MRI scheduled
for this summer, and boy do I hope it heals before that...
I am fencing now, but I'm not up to normal abilities. I traveled from
Ottawa to Hamilton last weekend and set my recovery back weeks due to
too long in the car, etc. and made me realize that recovery is not
guaranteed this time. So I'm not able to fence as well as I used to,
and my travel is limited. My balance is off and sometimes I have
problems walking right now, on a good day most people wont notice it,
on a bad day I limp, wobble and have to lay down to rest a lot.
I'm hoping I can make a decent showing at Coronation on the 24th, as I
should be able to travel to Kingston. And cross my fingers my leg
will be stable enough to allow me to fence some.
I don't know if I will ever be good enough to play a prize fight in
the EAoD again. I have the small hope I will be able to fight my
provost prize at War to the Trilliums, but I'm pretty sure I would not
be able to complete the prize before my leg gave out.
~Wilhelm von Pottruff
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