Achilles Blog 4 – 11.5.14. Character building

Didn’t go out at all yesterday… hand/wrists hurting from too much crutching… so I’m just going to listen to my body… it’s very intelligent after all…
instead… I spent many an hour fixing the toilet cistern (see pic). The cistern has been dripping for some time..probably years. Just intermittently… and because the overflow is extended some way from the wall it wasn’t doing any damage… just wasting a little water and making annoying drip noise every now and again. But since Jay asked me about it for about the 100th time… I took the lid off the cistern and sat on the toilet lid trying to sort it (bad leg up on adjacent ottoman stool). I never know exactly what I’m doing when I try to do these things.. I just have a fiddle and hope it works. You keep flushing… wait for it to fill and then twiddle the adjustment screw… this should work if the ballfloat thing is all OK.
I really like simple, effective technology. That’s what the ball valve is. The ball floats up, pushes the screw and shuts off the water…Brill! the humans who invented these things are just brilliant!
OK… I’m just wondering if this whole achilles thing is just someone playing a trick on me. I’ve had next to no pain from it (including when I first did it). Feels like someone has just put my leg in a cast for no good reason at all. When I move my leg in the cast it feels perfectly normal. My toes twiddle just fine. Just a bit of itching near my calf. What’s going on? The lady at Great Dixter house in Sussex (which we visited over Easter) said that having an achilles tendon injury is ‘character building’. I thought my character was already built. Hmmm… maybe it needed re-building….

About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married, and my husband and I live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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