Achilles Blog 58 – 18.10.14. ‘Would you like some PVC with that, m’am?’

Look away ye squeamish among you… I loved biology at school but had to give it up as I refused to dissect an eyeball… however, yesterday morning I was wielding a sharp, large-bladed knife and hacking chicken thighs into tiny bits for freezing and later consumption by (cat) Troy. I normally mince it…but mincer gave up and so I had to hack for over an hour. I stopped, arms aching, kicked off slippers and tried, left leg only……heel raises. Fully up on high tip-toe, whilst holding onto counter, then slowly down. I got to about 10. Couldn’t do this a couple of weeks ago. I stopped and resumed hacking (the butcher said that’s the thing to do – i.e. not a sawing action)… and I was able to examine the chicken thigh in some detail… skin, fat, bone, bone marrow, muscle and a heap of connective tissue… a totally amazing construction… which will contribute to the totally amazing construction that is my cat. We are what we eat…

Sister-in-law, L, sent us a link to an article about the dangers of plastic . I’m not one for getting paranoid about these things as research almost certainly says that just about everything will kill you…but…Troy suffers from a hyper-active thyroid – an autoimmune disease…. and when I ask the vet what causes it – he says ‘unknown environmental pathogens’ (i.e perhaps the non-meat filler put into standard cat food or maybe the way it is manufactured? – this is the reason he has raw chicken as part of his diet – and he looks much better for it). My husband suffers from a type of muscular dystrophy – an autoimmune disease caused by… ‘unknown environmental pathogens’…… could it be that stuff in our environment is being absorbed by our food and slowly killing us? Whereas before, diseases came to us from outside, over the last century in particular our bodies seem to be over-reacting and killing their own cells… what’s going on? It’s easy to make spurious correlations… but over this period, we have made considerable use of plastic, and the researchers are now making strong links between this….and all manner of disease. I’ve thrown out the clingfilm and where practical, am switching to glass and metal alternatives for leftovers storage. I’ve no idea whether it will make any difference… but I feel good reducing my use of plastic.

Over the last 3-4 weeks, almost without me noticing, there has been no swelling of my ankle – or if there is, it is almost imperceptible; I do not hold the bannister when going up the stairs, and I do not have to, going down. The golf ball massage doesn’t hurt anymore. I am so nearly there…..I can surely persevere and wait the 6 weeks physio Helen says it should take to gain strength and start tip-toeing properly. It is proven that success comes to those who smell it….but can wait. Check this to see some 4 year olds trying their best to wait… for 15 minutes….


Troy's chopping board


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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