Saturday, October 17, 2009
It's three weeks since my knee started hurting and though it's feeling loads better the doctor still says around three more weeks of taking it easy and I've to be patient!
Today was the highlight of the last three weeks as I went to the supermarket with DH and did a grocery shop.....the sad thing is I was really looking forward to it LOL
Can't say I really enjoyed it and my knee is giving me gyp but hey! at least it got me out of the house!
Don't things look different when you haven't seen them for a while?
The ride through the village was an eye opener.
I can't believe the difference in the trees and gardens.....autumn is upon us!
My own garden which is very sheltered has been the limit of my hobbled forays and though it has changed I'm afraid complacency set in and it didn't prepare me for the myriad of colours I saw.....just beautiful.
Can't wait to get back to my daily walks!
glowing red virginia creeper
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I've never been one for hanging about, I like to get on with things once I know what I'm doing. I enjoy walking and birdwatching so the last two weeks have been a bit of a bummer....
It was a lovely sunny morning seven am, I'd been in the garden filling the feeders for the birds, feeding the fish and generally looking around and as I walked back to the house there was suddenly a horrible pain in the back of my knee. It was excruciating, my leg almost gave way and I grabbed hold of the rose arch and the bird table to stop myself from falling.
I can only describe it as a 'twang' you know like elastic snapping and I not only felt it....I heard it too!
I shouted for my DH who luckily hadn't left for work and he helped me inside.
The doctor said it was a pulled hamstring and the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) applied. I got painkillers and had to sit with my leg up and ice it every hour for ten minutes. He said it would take up to six weeks.
So far so good...BUT by that night my leg was so swollen, hot and painful that I was in agony and couldn't bear to touch it and the muscles kept spasming so bad I was shaking like a leaf and absolutely worn out...each time it happened it felt like I'd run a marathon!
DH rang the NHS helpline which advised us to go to the GP Acesss Clinic at the local hospital which we duly did.
They thought maybe a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a fracture...they couldn't believe I hadn't fallen or twisted when it happened and that I was just strolling normally and on a perfectly flat lawn!
Next stop hospital accident & emergency at a hospital twenty miles away!....
When we arrived the first thing DH saw was a sign informing us that there were waiting times of up to two and a half hours....oh dear!
Anyway after registering at the desk we were shown straight through to the examination cubicles as we had a letter from the doctor at the clinic....priority!
To cut a long story short, I had a scan, x-ray and a very painful and manipulative knee examination...the outcome was no fracture, no DVT but I'd sprained the cruciate ligament in the back of my knee. (it should be re-named the excrutiate ligament!!!)
I was strapped up, given strong painkillers, told to keep my leg elevated and to ice it ten minutes every hour.
Now two weeks further on the muscle spasming is much better, just the odd one or two and nowhere near as bad as before. It feels like bad cramp in the calf.
My leg is almost straight, I just can't seem to manage to put it right back yet.
I'm doing my physio exercises and limping around...without my stick.
I sleep well some nights and others...well, I don't!
Still taking painkillers...not as strong or as many, I've tried to cut them all out but it hurts so I give in again, especially at bedtime.
A Sparkfriend recommended the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch, I've read three so far and really enjoyed them. They made me laugh out loud.... it's really hard to laugh when you're in agony!
I also seem to have read loads of other books and magazines, watched daytime tv, done crosswords, sudoku, zentangles, word puzzles etc. and I've generally sat around and done as I was told.
What I really miss is my walking, birdwatching, photography and gardening....can hardly wait to get back to it.
Thanks to everyone for the Spark goodies and comments they're much appreciated.
So I'm getting there slowly...shades of the tortoise & the hare...and hopefully one day soon I'm going to be up and at 'em!
Monday, September 14, 2009
'Good' is a useful word.
It's only a small word but it can sum up a lot of different things.
I've had a 'good' week in the garden....working hard tidying the borders as the plants go over, they're at least a month earlier than usual no doubt due to the 'good' weather we've had this year. It's been very enjoyable.
I've also cleaned out the conservatory, we've used it as a bit of a dumping ground and I've also tended to use it as an extension of the greenhouse...it was always full of seedlings, pots, tools etc. but we decided to clear it, paint it and use it for what it was originally intended...sitting in!
I can just imagine myself on an autumn day sitting in there gazing out on the garden and watching the birds...probably a pipe dream as I like to be outside! LOL.
Another 'good' job done.
I've done lots of walking too, my usual five miles a day plus an extra six or so this week-end.
Very 'good' exercise.
People talk about 'good' food & bad food and while no food is really bad it's what we do with it that matters.
I've lost 1lb this week and whilst I hoped it would have been more yesterday didn't do me any favours when I made a real 'good' choice of fish & chips with mushy peas!!!!
Boy did they taste 'good'...they always do when eaten out of the paper outside in the fresh air.
I've no regrets and I'm back on track this morning, no use beating myself up, it was MY choice and at the time it seemed like a 'good' one!
1lb off is 'good' too.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Two more of our brave soldiers killed in Afghanistan.....
Fires rage through Los Angleles.....
Nine year old girl found strangled.....
The only bright spot was Jaycee Dugan discovered after years of abuse though what that poor woman's been through is anybodys guess.....
And exactly seventy years ago today Hitlers troops invaded Poland, the start of WW2.....
This was the news this morning at 6am!
I'd woken early, crept downstairs without disturbing DH with every intention of making a drink.
I don't know what made me switch the radio on but that's what I listened to.
As I stood in the kitchen looking out on to the beautiful golden glow of the sunrise and listening to the birds singing it made me realise just how lucky I am.
I went outside to sit on my favourite seat beside our pond.
The koi were gliding around like miniature submarines, a robin was singing it's little heart out in the cherry tree and the sun was spreading it's wonderful glow across the morning sky.
It was so peaceful.....so quiet.....it made me cry!
Now I'm not a cryey person, never have been, but I thought of all the turmoil, sadness and worry in this beautiful world of ours...mostly manmade... and all the blessings I have.
I've had my share of illness and sadness but life at the moment is good...very good.
I and my family are healthy, happy and secure.
We live a good life, not rich wealth wise but rich in every other way.....love, happiness, faith, family, friendship and more!
My heart goes out to all the people who carry such heavy burdens of loss and sadness and I give thanks for the great and wonderful gifts I have in my life.
For me, at least, as Louis Armstrong once sang...'It's a wonderful world...'
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