The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT


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Feeling Great, Then The Bottom Falls Out

The days following our Stratford Trip were good. My body was co-operating and not acting up in any mind-blowing way. The legs were steady. The mind was clear and calm. I continued feeling the love for a few weeks and it was wonderful. Could not believe my luck.

We were invited to Claudia’s for Thanksgiving dinner. No one in the family could rattle my chains, I was feeling that great. The entire afternoon was filled with catching up on family affairs, a lot of laughter and joking around. My nephew, Zach, has a very quick-witted, clever sense of humour and he was in top shape, as usual. The dinner was fabulous, albeit a tad late, but enjoyed by everyone. There’s always a game or two between courses and this time was no exception. A crossword puzzle that had everyone stumped, including myself (a half-decent crossword player). One of the desserts was Claudia’s usual chocolate cake and I confess to sneaking a couple of pieces to take home for my enjoyment over the rest of the holiday weekend.

The following weekend Nat’s golf group, The Rangers Golf Club, had its’ annual banquet and dance. This year they were having a live band (a trio – 2 guitarists and a drummer) which we were looking forward to. Over the last several years a DJ was hired and the banquet became a little quieter than usual. The meal was great – the usual salad course, pasta course, chicken course and dessert. The band was really rockin’ and the ladies confirmed it by their constant dancing with or without a male partner. I was envious I couldn’t join them (a bit about that later). Nat and I did manage to get in one slow dance, as we do every year. Nat, however, didn’t wear his best shoes and opted for comfort. His feet didn’t exactly glide around the floor as the soles of his loafers were the non-skid kind. We managed at least to “step” through our one soiree. All-in-all we really had a great time and the turn out of golfers was exceptional this year.

My dancing days were limited as I somehow woke up one morning after Thanksgiving and couldn’t straighten up. Tremendous pain was emanating from my right hip. I couldn’t stand straight, was hunched over almost touching my toes. I hobbled around as best I could during the day but the more I walked around the more painful my hip became.

Nat and I soon surmised I had a pinched nerve. I have had this before but not to this severity. Research indicated that rest would ease the pain and, it began to ease up enough during the week that I was at least able to attend the Rangers’ Banquet. Sunday morning after the Banquet was spent quietly with Nat enjoying the peace and quiet. That was soon followed by another painful twitch Monday afternoon. As I went to take a wee, I arose from the throne to more agonizing pain in the same area. For some ungodly reason, I pinched that bloody nerve again. I only took a wee!!!! So today (Tuesday) I’m back to where I was after Thanksgiving. I have a couple of appointments this week and I’ll have to really take care not to do anything stupid between then and now or I’ll be hobbling around places looking like an old lady walking around looking for loose change on the ground. God forbid!!!!

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Achy, Breaky Back

The past several days have been somewhat agonizing. Along with being just a bit bored, I’ve developed a pinch nerve in my lower right back. It turns out to be the same thing Nat had sometime ago, and it truly is painful. Just as you’re walking along it gives you a good jolt, as if you’ve been tasered, and you buckle over in pain. I’ve always prided myself in never having back problems and not really being able to sympathize with those that did. I could only imagine the pain by the look in someone’s face when they had back pain – but that imagination has now become reality, and bloody hell it’s wicked!!!

Needless to say, I’ve tried to be active – Nat’s physiotherapist said exercising is crucial – but it’s a struggle. Nat was given some stretching exercises and I’m going to give them a try – anything is worth a try!! Plus knowing how I did this or developed this is a question I’d like answered – so I won’t do it again – but apparently it can happen to almost anyone. Hopefully it will disappear as quickly as it appeared – but we all know that ain’t gonna happen!!!! In my experience it’s always longer in leaving than it is in arriving!!! So we’ll give it the old college try and hope like hell those exercises work as well for me as they did for Nat!!!

Bonnie and I are headed up to Hamilton shopping tomorrow and I’m determined come what may to make it around that mall!!! I’ve been so looking forward to getting out with her and doing some shopping with another woman. Nat’s not a shopper and it’s difficult for him to understand my methods. Bonnie and I are practically in sync sometimes with our methods and we know exactly what stores to look at and what to scan and what to leave behind. I’m beginning to think that I’m going to miss being so close to shopping malls and the like after moving to Ridgeway, but on the other hand, I’ll save Nat some money!! No harm in that, is there???