Achilles Blog 60 – 1.11.14. Good enough I guess…

90-plus percent! said (consultant) Mr. Kumar – 6 months after surgery you are 90+% recovered….you may do some brisk walking for a few weeks and if there are no ill effects, you may graduate to light jogging….. He knew I was doing fine immediately he laid eyes on my bare feet, he said. Any questions, he asked. Yes, I replied…when will I be able to ballet-dance? About 3 months time he said. Hmmm…. I wonder if the Royal Ballet will have any vacancies in January. Mr. Kumar’s verdict is like an exam result – it’s good, but I feel like I could’ve done better. My leg has stated it’s case and will not take any nonsense – I have been laid up in bed for a few days with a feverish cold… no exercise, not even much in the way of massaging… and leg was not happy…it was very stiff when I finally did get out of bed….and I cannot help thinking that this is pointing to more effort, more walking…leg wants to be used….is what I’m doing enough? See these women who were wondering the same thing….

Mr. K says I will know when I’m fully recovered – as I will be walking without thinking about it. So I took a late walk to discount supermarket Lidl to purchase a bunch of sweets for Halloween. Hmmm…leg concurs with the doc…all is not 100%…but it is close. Walking back from the supermarket, it’s a super, uncommonly warm and clear October evening with a brilliant half-moon….suddenly I’m walking in an Edward Hopper painting  ( ) – there is a sort of silence…. but the street and local shops are lit up (see pics)….people together, but not together…how can this be captured in a painting? Hopper is the only artist I know who does this so brilliantly…

This is my first week back at the British Museum (and the new displays in the Room 2 gallery) for about 5 months….standing for 2.5 hours or so at the object handling desk causes no signficant issues and I get to introduce the public to one of the Museum’s latest acquisitions – a Bitcoin Miner. It looks like a USB stick but with a small circuit board attached. And the public, especially a young (8? year old) boy surprises me by explaining to me what it does (see Alongside it, I have a 350,000 year-old pre-historic handaxe, probably made by Homo Erectus. A modern-day monkey cannot begin to match this level of skill. We are descended from beings with great brains, and the young boy seems to prove we are getting better…and are more than good enough…


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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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2 Responses to Achilles Blog 60 – 1.11.14. Good enough I guess…

  1. msemiliesofie says:

    Good luck, I love your spirit!

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