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Liveblogging: Rehab!

I have a head full of thoughts but I'm not going through an eloquent phase. Instead, when I'm active, I'm doodling in my little sketchpad or reading, or chatting to visitors. Occasionally knitting. Not watching telly much, nor surfing web - both too strenuous. Probably sending Davetoo home soon for safe keeping, as I really don't feel the need for him so often that it justifies the risk of losing him to a lightfingered co-tenant, employee or visitor. It's fortunate that the other tools I use to keep sane aren't so valuable: books, pencils, paper, yarn and knitting needles.


Food continues appalling, although today I got white bread! The secret seems to be asking and asking and asking until the person who actually delivers the meal gets so sick of running to fetch the right bread that it starts magically appearing on the tray.

I got a banana today too. Things are looking up.


And montjoye visited and even did my toenails! Definitely looking up!

(There's something about staring at your feet all day that makes nail polish seem very, very special).

(There's also something about people coming to visit that's pretty awesome as well).


I can now transfer in and out of bed much more easily, and I'm comfortable sitting in my wheelchair and pootling round the bed. Walking with the frame to the loo and back is still bloody hard though, and I'm not sure I'm not overdoing it as regards putting weight on the bad leg. My gut sense is that in a couple of weeks I'll have no problem with the chair and transfers, but actual walking-with-frame is going to be slower. It involves taking a lot more weight in the arms than I can easily manage.

I'm getting reacquainted with my body. It happens in fits and starts. One day you realise you can now adequately wipe your own bum, then a few days later you lie on one side and doze off, then you realise you can reach your right foot well enough to wash it.


And I have discovered that when I ask to have the airconditioner off, they also close the door to my room. Bonus!


I have just finished The Secret Garden and I can understand why so many people were astonished that I'd never read it. It's one of those books that has me thinking thoughts like "gosh...authors...what an amazing bunch they are!"

I'm a bit facile that way. Rather annoyingly, it has inspired many thoughts that I don't have the spoons to articulate. So instead I'll just be impressed by writers and the amazing things they come up with and leave it at that.

Have also just knocked over Three Men And A Maid by PG Wodehouse, and am delighted because I think this means I'm now allowed (by my own rules) to buy some new (old) books.

Working through On the Bibleby Karen Armstrong. Good history lessons in this.

And I've hauled out The Natural Way To Draw by someone whose surname is Nikolaides (it's down in the drawer and I'm up here) to give my daily doodlings a bit of focus when I need it.


Meditation is proving tricky. My favourite time to meditate would happen to be early in the day when everyone keeps wandering in to Do Stuff, but at other times I'm really drowsy and tend to doze off. Doing it, but it's tending to be brief for those reasons.


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Oct. 29th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like things are looking up for you body - hoorah!
Oct. 30th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad things are moving in a better direction, healthwise.

Sorry we didn't make it for a visit this weekend - I was running around gardening and singing and trying to get organised for the week.

Next weekend, perhaps?
Oct. 29th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
There is an absolutely lovely film version of 'the secret garden' too.
Yay for washing feet, and other feats of independence!
Oct. 29th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for things continuing to improve. Would you like the little netbook as a less disastrous to lose laptop that's still a real computer? I can hunt for the charger and pack it up for you if you would.
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
i love the secret garden. my grandfather on mom's side(her dad) read it to me and one year my mom made me a secret garden dress from liberty's of london fabric from the same name. i was just wondering where that dress was last night as i think it would fit rei. it is one of two dresses i wore as a child. the other was white and had red embroidered strawberries all over it.

sounds like things are really looking up. i wish i could just send you my old iphone so you could use it as an ipod touch. i loan it out for situations like this- but the computing part gets frustrating. at least i have live journal(several versions) loaded right on it!
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Got some white bread AND an excuse to buy some more books! Wahoo! I do hope that the banana was at the level of ripeness you like. Nothing worse than an under or over-ripe one, unless you are into them.

Book Depository since you are hardly able to go to the 2nd hand bookshop?

I have purple and dark red nailpolish (plenty) if you'd like me to send those. Pity my silver glitter polish (for Christmas's) is dead. You could wiggle your toes and watch them gleam!
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