The Impatient Patient and the Ten Minute Beauty Walk........


You know, it's only when you look back that you realise how far you've come. And for the times that you want to take a quick peek back, to see exactly how you've felt at a difficult or prominent moment in time, it's then that you realise how good it really is to have a blog. It might even encourage you to continue with it; if you've been having doubts that you can continue, that is.

And I really have been having those thoughts. Maybe after six years of chronologising my life, writing about things I'm passionate about, or sharing some humorous moments, that it's time for me to just, stop.

But, what would I do with my free time?

I had the same thought when I came home from hospital six weeks ago. I'd no idea what I'd do with my suddenly enforced free time, given that I was on one crutch, on controlled medications and forbidden to do a lot of basic housework.

I know, it's a wonderful longed for moment, isn't it? The one where you're told 'no  more housework' for some time to come! I mean, there I was during the earlier summer months, lazing in the glorious summer sunshine every chance I got, feeling slightly guilty about the housework I knew needed doing, yet knowing that I absolutely would to do it...... anon. And now here I was with the perfect reason for NOT doing it - while the end-of Summer sunshine still beamed down from above.....

Except, the end-of-Summer now has a distinct cooler, Autumnal feel about it. There's no sitting out in it now that I can, sit that is, but it is lovely to look out at or to brave yourself for a short hop-a-long stroll to the beach! In fairness, it's more of a mixed stroll that starts off with a determined 'look-at-me-power-walking-with one-crutch' look fixed firmly on my face; that ultimately sees me coming home again ten minutes later at a much slower pace, slightly dragging my left leg behind me; like a demented pirate-tress... gone dreadfully wrong!

However it's definitely worth the 'walk' that I do, to be bolstered and renewed by the beauty I see all around me in that ten minutes.....




I guess life on one crutch hasn't been all that bad, not really. It's just so restricting for an active and terribly impatient patient such as myself. I should really just totally embrace this whole 'forget the housework' thing and just relax, get fully better. It's funny really, it's very hard to sit indoors day after day, watching the dust and sheer untidiness build and build, until you fear you may drown in it. So much so that you set yourself tiny little tasks to achieve each day, besides making the meals and while totally sticking to the no hoovering rule!

And so, the last six weeks have passed, with a lot of resting, book reading and with a little spot of knitting and crocheting thrown in for some variety. Of course, I've also had a lot of visitors and some lovely outings too. And I thank my good friend Looking for Blue Sky, for getting me to and from one recent coffee/tea morning reunion!

You'd think with all this free time, in between the above activities that is, there'd be time for some more blogging too, wouldn't you? But, I've been strangely disinclined. I've only blogged when I had something specific to share with you, but nothing in between. I suppose it's to be expected really, given that I'm not out and about experiencing life as much as I had been. And I guess, I just kind of, ran out of things, to say......

Or had ideas of what I might say; little thoughts that would flit through my mind on occasion, only to flitter away again, like a drunken butterfly on a sudden burst of an end-of-summer breeze.

Or maybe the medication has invaded my thoughts too, making them as random as it makes my dreams! Seriously, the dreams while on these meds are totally out there! And using language like 'out there' is absolutely fitting and should plant a firm idea in your head of my nocturnal experiences. I can't even snooze without them invading my mind! I wasn't all that far off with my 'Opiate Disclaimer' in my hospital posts after all!

So here I am, possibly nearing the end of my enforced free-time, as a recent Doctor review might imply. Although there are some much looked forward to events and outings that I have to say no to, until the New year at least. And while there's one not so nice hospital procedure that I soon must have, I can look back through some recent blog entries and really see how far I have come since my hospitalisation.

I really should concentrate on enjoying the remaining free time that my injury has imposed on me, making the most of the opportunity to do more of the sedentary activities I enjoy, rather than focusing on what I'm missing. 'Positive thinking for the recovering injured person', if you like!

Besides, my Doctor has just said 'yes' to driving and to the odd glass of wine!

Now there's progress!

Take care out there....

xx









14 comments:

  1. Oh no, so sorry to hear you have been "hobbling about"... Hope all is well on the mend? Beautiful photos by the way xx

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    1. @BavarianSojourn: Slowly getting there! Walking perfectly (most of the time) around the house without a crutch, so that's great. Glad you like my photos, it was such a gorgeous day. xx

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  2. No housework and parking off does sound quite blissful, however, after six weeks of not doing much would drive anyone a little stir crazy. Good to hear that you are nearly at the end of it. It's huge that you can start driving again... yay. Yay also for the glass of wine!

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    1. @Bright Side of Life: I am going a little sir crazy to be honest, each day is pretty much the same. But then I get visitors...go out for the odd breakfast...the odd tea in local pub, with 1 glass of wine! xx

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  3. Driving and wine - you're set! Happy to hear that things are progressing, you have indeed come a long way. You live in such a beautiful place I hope you will soon able to take long walks and lots more photos to share. Lots of love xxx

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Yes, it certainly helps! The driving is only if necessary, school pick up for example! But it's great to feel the independence. Those views are seriously within 5/10 minutes from my house and I am very grateful for that. Thanks R :-) xxx

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  4. Gorgeous photo! Although the imagery you painted-of both your walk to-and back from the beach made me laugh..I am glad that you are on the mend..I understand about blogging-I hope that you feel inclined to..( a lot) Glad that you are on the mend..hoping that the last procedure and a bit more rest have you up and dancing full out in the new year...although, a demented pirate-tress dancer might be kind of fun! :)

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    1. @Kathleen: Thanks! Glad you got the humour...and I really like the dancing pirate-tress!! Especially since I can't do my Elf gigs this Christmas :(. I am going to try and stick with the blogging and I really hope the procedure this week is the final one for me :-) xx

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  5. That's a great postcard you've made there, I'd send it myself! On the imposed lack of activity, I do get that: even if you hate housework, it's hard to watch the dust pile up. But please don't stop blogging, I know you'll have loads to share when you're ready, or when your leg is xxx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: Hmmm....it does make a good postcard doesn't it? Never thought of that! I hope I keep blogging - it's funny, I've just blogged and already I know what my next 2 posts might be. Maybe that's the cue ... just blog. Quick, before it goes with that drunken butterfly........ :-D xx

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  6. Beautiful photographs! Had to chuckle at the description of your newly developed walking style though :) I'm sorry to hear you've been injured though - looking in the tags it looks like a back injury, so... ouch! Glad you are on the mend - and I know what you mean about needing 'opiate disclaimers'! Hehe.

    Sometimes I wish that I still kept up with my blog - every now and then I do a little post and I keep thinking I ought to get back into it properly. How I could probably have done with a bit of an outlet at times over the last year or so! I think it helps you to continually pause and take stock too, because when you don't things go by in a bit of a blur. And actually, I do get more housework done (booo!!!)

    So yes, keep it up and don't follow my example (bad blogger!)

    As for new hobbies - how about some opiate-induced creative writing? There's a thought! ;)

    Enjoy your wine :)

    Christina (formerly, Beadzoid) xx

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    1. :Christina: Thanks and yes it is primarily a back injury; which usually just presents in my left leg... hence my new found walking style! I do wish you'd kept up your blog. I have to say it was a great outlet for me when I was in hospital, for 3 weeks. Great for me but possibly boring for any readers!! Never too late to get back into it if you wish, your followers are always there for you I find :-)
      'Opiate-Induced creative writing', hmmmm........ now there's an idea! Probably too late now, pity I didn't think of it before!
      Thanks for commenting and I hope that all is good with you and your family. xx

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  7. Gorgeous pictures lovely! As for the blog well I wonder if something is in the air at the moment!? I've felt very disinclined as well - I'm lacking in ideas and inspiration. I am very glad you are on the mend though and things are moving forwards. X

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    1. @Older Mum: Maybe it's the time of year? I'm starting to think that if I just open the laptop and just write..... sometimes we think too hard about it? Or maybe offloading your thoughts straight to blog is a very, very bad idea!!
      Thanks for comment and yes, I really think I am on the mend, however slow it seems to be to me. xx

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