Achilles Blog 36 – 20.7.14. DO NOT LIMP!

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…’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…


mirror before


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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