Have you been missing me? There is a reason I have not published a post for a while. We had a dusting of snow and very cold weather the weekend of the 9th / 10th December. on the Monday morning I checked that cars were getting up and down the hills either side of the valley and set off cautiously with the dogs. There is a strange piece of road layout just beyond the big farm at the top of the hill – 3 stretches of lane make a triangle around a single field. It is a shorter walk than most we do but in the cold I decided it was enough.
We made it round the circuit and started down the hill when I hit a patch of ice and found myself sitting down very suddenly and very hard whilst the dogs stood quietly and looked at me bewildered – Why was I doing that? Very gingerly and carefully I got to my feet and began to totter home. I decided that I felt a bit unsteady and didn’t want Roo (the brown kelpie x collie) to pull and send me flying so I unclipped both their leads and kept them under voice control. Unfortunately as we were going down 2 cars came up, reluctant to lose momentum on the hill, and although Roo got out of the way Orchid, a lurcher of very little brain, had to be pulled to the side using my good hand. I was very relieved to reach the safety of the driveway!
A restorative cup of tea later I checked myself over and realised that my bum was very sore and my left wrist was aching and starting to swell. The sore bum was familiar from previous falls but I just knew the wrist was more than a bump (though I was trying hard to convince myself it was nothing serious). A phone call to my good friend Jeni who lives a couple of miles away and off we went to A&E. They were lovely and by lunchtime I was sporting a cast. They offered a choice of colours but I knew that by the end of the 6 weeks it would be black however it started out so that is what I chose!
My bum is now fine, greatly helped by the last yoga class of the year where Rose decided to have us lying down the whole session but stretched us well! I am learning how to do many things one-handed and ways round things I cannot do. Thank goodness for a dishwasher and pre-prepared frozen veg! After a few days of staying indoors I have been able to start walking the dogs again. Putting up the Christmas tree at the front door was – hmmm – interesting!
My son and daughter live too far away to be able to help with day-to-day things but my son spotted these on Amazon to go over footwear and improve grip and bought them for me!
It will be a couple of months before I can drive. I am extremely fortunate to have wonderful friends and neighbours who are offering help of all kinds. But to go somewhere where there is decent internet available I have to get a lift and I really do not want to make too many demands on people so for a while posts may be like buses ‘You wait ages for one to come along and then 2 come at once!’