Maks has written a new blog for TV Guide. He catches us up to speed on his foot injury. He has the green light to dance, but, he has Val with him just in case he can’t handle it. More below including some info on he and Melissa’s next dances.
First, I want to get you up to speed on my injury. Yes, I had an MRI on Tuesday on my foot. I have a lot of pain in my joints and ankle area. It’s not pleasant and I was hoping that there’s something that I could do to get rid of the pain. My doctor, who’s one of the best foot specialists in the world, warned me that I might not be able to continue if there’s a chance my injury could get worse. Luckily, I got the results back yesterday and he said I could continue, but I have to rest it as much as I can. It was completely not what I thought it was. He said, “You should continue, but don’t use your foot too much.” I’m like, “It’s not Sitting with the Stars!” In all seriousness, I am trying to rest it and take it day by day because I don’t want it to get worse. My doctor understands the profession and he is a little more in depth when it comes to treatment for those who don’t have the opportunity to stop what they’re doing. Right now, I’m hoping I will feel better by Monday.
That’s really all I can say about it right now. The show will focus on it a little bit more on Monday. I don’t want to milk stuff like this. If production decides to put in cameras in my MRI office, I can’t do anything about that. I think with these types of activities, injuries are normal. It’s nothing to highlight. Unfortunately, if I tell producers that I might be able to continue, that’s why they have to be present, so the audience can see what’s going on.
Val is here, so I’m gonna have Val come in to our rehearsals until I see how I feel. I’m happy I have the green light right now, but I’m a little worried. The range of motion that we do with our feet is so great. It’s not just walking, which is painful in and of itself. There’s also a machine called a bone simulator that’s supposed to expedite the process. I think if the pain doesn’t go away by Monday, then I’m gonna get a shot. The problem is, with this type of aggravation in the bone, the shot might make it worse. We’ll see how it is.
Next week is Classical Week and we also have a team dance. Our dance is the Argentine tango, so it’ll be a clashing of styles to the classical music. Even though Val’s here, it’s still my vision for the dance. I don’t want it to be a two-person thing. But to be honest, having another person just sitting here helps. I’m very stubborn. I don’t use outside help because nobody knows Melissa better than me and someone else might make it worse. But it is useful to have another set of eyes there and Val is very, very good. It’s all about maintenance. I want to maintain the direction we’re going in and what we’re doing.
You can read the full blog at TV Guide. Let’s hope all goes well for these two!! Being both Maks and Melissa have been injured, it has to be taking it’s toll. Both are such fighters though, so, here’s hoping for their best dances to come.
UPDATE: WLOS ABC 13 has a new interview up with Maks. You can listen to it HERE. He gets up really in the morning to talk about “Propel Zero Just Dance Off” battle taking place in Los Angeles this weekend. He also discusses the challenge to come up with new dances every week for Dancing With The Stars. He says Melissa is one of the best partners he’s ever had and lots more. They ask some cool questions.