Friday, July 31, 2009
I have sprained my ankle. When I say how it happened it will make me sound like a fitness freak and a dog- lover ( I am neither). I was walking with my two jogging mates in preparation for a little run when one of their dogs, bashed into the back of my leg like a huge, hairy cannonball. I went flying. And the first thought I had was "I wonder if I'm going to be sick. This really hurts", the second thought "Oh my God! How will I work!!!!!?" The ankle that was sprained is the accelerator foot for the wheel.
Thoughts started racing through my mind of how much work I have drying for turning in the studio, how much I have for decoration, I'll be able to decorate while recovering but how will I pack the kiln? This is the consequence of working in a very low- paid profession. If my body doesn't work then I can't do my job....this equals no income.
The sprain is just a small one and hopefully I'll be able to limp around and get things done as soon as next week. Physical injury is one of my greatest fears. This is a big problem for artists and craftspeople. It is one profession that you should only enter if you are very healthy. Luckily in Australia we have universal healthcare so I could go to the doctor and get x-rays without having to pay a fortune. Other countries are not so fortunate, many American potters who have been blogging are either saving up for health insurance or making sacrifices elsewhere in order to pay for it. If I lived in America I'd probably just strap up my ankle and hope for the best.