Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, heading to the hospital soon for surgery, will be off his feet for weeks -- but not off the job for long, if he has his way.
Ruppersberger is scheduled to enter Johns Hopkins Hospital on Friday for an operation to reconstruct his right ankle and repair ruptured tendons.
"The only way to deal with it is to tie some tendons together and take a bone out of my hip and put the bone into my ankle, to restructure the ankle," he said yesterday.
The county executive -- a former lacrosse, football and basketball player and swimmer -- said the ankle ailment stems from a life in sports and a life on his feet as a public official.
After the operation, he expects to be in a nonwalking cast for six weeks, a walking cast for six weeks after that and a boot for another six weeks.
Still, Ruppersberger hopes to be back in his Towson office as early as next week.
"I don't plan on changing my M.O.," he said. "The only difference is, I'll be in wheelchairs and crutches. But knowing me, it won't slow me down.
"I won't be out of the office for long at all. But I'll be off my feet for a long time."
Pub Date: 9/10/96