December …

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Friday 1st to Saturday 23rd December

December – my least favourite month of the year πŸ˜–

Christmas is coming and it just seems to take over my life! All those many different shopping trips to be done, round and round trying to find suitable presents but it all looks like the same stuff that you bought last year! Sometimes you seem to be successful and then other times you might as well not have bothered because you spend ages looking around but then come home with nothing. And all of this was made even harder and more painful this year because of my leg.

Early in the month I started to walk without my crutches but I still was not able to put my foot down to the floor completely, I was a bit of a hopalong with a limp. And I still couldn’t walk very far yet before it started to hurt.

I went back to work at the beginning of the month. I had to reduce my hours so that I could catch a bus to get me into the town, as I wasn’t able to walk from home, that was too far a distance yet. I was okay while I was sat on my till and I managed to hobble about and did the stairs there (very slowly) so that I could get to the staff room and be able to clock in and out. Then I just had time to pick up a couple of bits of shopping before I needed to be outside to catch the bus back.

It was good to get back to ‘real life’. I really don’t like the isolation from being at home and not able to get out and about when you want to. It’s not good for my head and the whole thing was not good for my body! It really takes it out of you in every way. I was SO extremely tired. And it didn’t help going straight back into being non stop on the checkouts, the shop was now VERY busy as obviously people were filling their big trolleys very full with food for Christmas.

I had another ‘painful but good’ private physio session – massage and ultrasound again. She said that she could feel the difference in my muscle, that it was slowly starting to get better. I guess that was encouraging to hear as I was feeling very frustrated that it was taking so long.

Later in the month I had my first NHS physio session. I don’t know whether this was just an assessment, but what a difference in treatment. She barely touched my leg, just while she was examining it, no massage or ultrasound, just watched how I was now walking, asked what exercises I had been given and sent me off with many more! I know my leg had improved a bit by this time, so maybe that’s just what they do when your leg has started to get better? But I did come away feeling disappointed, maybe I have just been spoilt with my private physio lady.

Since the end of November we had been without hot water in our house πŸ˜– We have always had a slight problem with the water pressure and occasionally had to release a lever to keep the boiler happy! But this was starting to need doing more and more, every day and then many times a day. I knew this wasn’t right, but when I managed to finally get in touch with the man who fitted the boiler, he just kept telling me that was the problem and resetting it. Who am I to argue?! So we carried on for a bit longer until finally he agreed that something was wrong, but then he told me that he couldn’t fix it himself, we needed to get the actual boiler repair people out, how frustrating! Can you imagine what this has been like with us three girls just wanting to have a shower at all kinds of times throughout the day, but instead having to organise and pack bags and take off to the leisure centre, Robyn and Leah sometimes went off to their dads, or arrange with my sister or Gary if we could use their facilities πŸ›€ !

Finally in the middle of the month the day arrived, out came the repair man, we had to have three things replaced, but when he eventually left we had hot water again πŸ€— We do all take a lot of simple things for granted, what a nightmare this has been.

We had snow ❄️ and quite a lot of it! Thank goodness my leg was getting better and I was able to go out in it πŸ˜€ We all went for a little walk in the town to see what the roads were like and what chaos the cars were causing! and stopped off for a coffee in Nero’s.

A bit later me and Gary went for a further walk around to take some ‘snowy day’ photos.

It was nice to have a little walk about in the snow as I haven’t been able to get out and do any proper walks. And then I was lucky enough to have a roast dinner cooked for me πŸ˜‹

So the month ended with me now being able to walk the three quarters of a mile each way to work and then back although I still had some discomfort, mainly in my ankle area. I finally finished my Christmas shopping on 23rd December after many, many shopping trips and I was just totally exhausted.

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