What a difference a physio makes… Physio Fiona is sick… so Physio Helen took charge. Helen say DO NOT LIMP!! Waaa?……it seems my limp is muscle memory… the wrong way!!! I can walk without a limp if I choose to; however, my muscles have got used to unnecessary limping!! She was right. Fear stopped me from trying but Helen said just do it…and I pretty much can. My flexibility is fine but strength could be better so…lunges and heel raises (starting on both legs and transferring to injured one) while brushing teeth is the thing to do. But my leg cramps quite quickly – as it did when I sneakily drove 1/2 mile to Blackheath. The cramp is because the muscle tires easily cos it’s not strong enough yet/there is insufficient blood flow… so I can drive as long as I feel OK…. and I can also cycle, tho’ long walks are not yet recommended. There is huge amount of muscle strengthening to do.
I repaired a folding chair (by replacing a missing nut) and I’ve acquired an old mirror which has adjustment knobs missing (see pic) and needs painting. What is this about? So many more pressing things to do….so this looks suspiciously like displacement activity. Other members of the family doing exciting and challenging things (travelling the world (with family!!); moving cities; starting or applying for new jobs/careers)… but I feel I must stay focused on my leg and not think about too much else.
Next week is Holiday Club… so I will be driving to and from church with (lovely niece) L and (truly delightful nephew) S. It will probably be hot and sunny. St. Michael’s finds about 100 or so volunteers over this 4 day period, (including young helpers)… to look after and entertain over 100 kids…..it’s exhausting but the kids really enjoy it I think, and to me, it feels like our community family coming together to have some FUN! Volunteers do it for love … and here’s a kosher example of volunteer power making things happen… http://truthatlas.com/a-kosher-soup-kitchen-serving-human-dignity/