It has been an odd two weeks.
You may not have noticed anything different from just reading the blog and my Facebook fan page. I haven’t given much away.
Well dear reader, I have not been very mobile as I have injured my left knee. My GP seems to think it is a small tear in the Medial menisci which is causing incredible pain. It was caused by twisting it while preparing food in the kitchen. Not a very good story, but the truth.
I have had to rest and keep my leg immobile for the entire time, take anti-inflammatory meds, strong pain-relief, and if I do move around, I have been using a walking stick to ease the pain. Today I am visiting an orthopaedic specialist to see what my options are, and the possibility of knee surgery to fix it. I am so excited about that 🙁
Keeping still is difficult when attempting to live a more sustainable lifestyle. How does one tend the garden, or clean out the chooks, or even bottle beer?
Well, you ask for help. That’s what community and family is all about. To help when you are down and out for a little while until you literally get back on your feet again.
So, as the title suggests, it has been a fortnight of firsts.
It has been the first time that Ben and Kim have cleaned out Cluckingham Palace without me. I had to sit down, and direct the entire activity with my leg rested. Couldn’t lift a finger to help, even if I wanted to, which I did. I had to learn to curb my frustration of not being able to do anything. They felt good for helping me, and the girls got a clean house.
Ben made the most recent YouTube video, because I couldn’t get around. He did a sterling job at filming the garden, and I am very proud of his efforts. All that, and I managed to weave it into his school work as media studies.
Same goes for the weekend just past. Kim and I had a candle making workshop. That requires setting up, washing up, and packing away heavy kit. We called in the cavalry, and Jake (Megan’s partner) helped us set up for the workshop while I sat and watched. Then during the workshop, Ben and Kim did almost everything. I managed to play shopkeeper at the end, but that was about it. After the workshop, Amy and her boyfriend Lawrence helped to pack up the car.
When we got home, they helped back everything away.
I also had a fermenter full of beer that I could not bottle, so luckily I had taught Amy how to brew beer earlier on in the year, so with a little direction Amy and Lawrence bottled the entire batch of Canadian Blonde beer.
Their payment was a mixed dozen bottles of Aztec Gold Cerveza and Sweet Matilda brown ale which I think they appreciated, but had not expected.
Not much else is getting done in the garden. I managed to feed the chooks in the morning, but have to rest afterwards as the pain is excruciating. It is not a pleasant start to the morning, but I do still manage to have a chat with the girls, and having a laugh at their antics. The weeds continue to build up, but I am not too worried about that. Most of the weeds are other vegetables growing out of the compost, so it is a bit of a bonus really.
Other firsts have been little things. Like getting used to a walking stick, being waited on 24/7, and just resting. All things I do not normally do.
Anyway, I am back at work tomorrow (from home), so that should help bring things back into balance a little. Too much time resting the mind (and leg) is boring.
Slowing down is not necessary a bad thing. It allows time to heal, to gather perspective, and really assess what is important, and what is not. Sure, tasks will be delayed, but with help, we are getting things done slowly but surely.
I appreciate my family and friends. Thanks for all the help so far. Hopefully there will be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel after my visit to the specialist today.
Addendum; I am booked in for a Left Knee Arthroscopic Meniscectomy on Wednesday 18th June, with a couple of weeks recovery thereafter. So much fun to be had around here in the next two weeks! At least it is being fixed quickly.