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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hilly Fields


Hilly Fields, originally uploaded by zombiecoterie.

Got up early this morning while the rain was still hammering at the windows and, on my way to go swimming, I crossed Hilly Fields. The rain gave way to a deep blue sky and I had to stop and admire the view for a little while.

I've set myself up with the discount card at Lewisham's pool. They wrote, "DISABILITY" on the receipt I have to show them every time I go until the card comes through. I went to the old gym for perhaps the last time yesterday to help Jonotron work out a plan and to cancel my membership there. It was actually quite a sad moment walking through there on my way out. For years, that grubby, seedy little gym has been a real refuge for me and now I've got to leave it behind for somewhere that I don't know lots of the guys there. A wistful moment, to be sure.

I had a bit of a theme of impairment to the morning - went to the opticians and found out that my eyesight's a little bit worse than it was, but not by much - need new glasses, but still mainly for concentrated work and for when I'm tired. We had much silliness playing Gok and trying on all the different frames before settling on a pair almost identical (but slightly more comfortable) than the ones I have now.

Next stop was Lewisham Hospital to see the orthopedic specialist. He did not cheer me up. No, he did not cheer me up at all. Lots of painful pushing and poking to try to get some kind of diagnosis and he's thinking I've got trapped nerves in both elbows. This is not good news as it might well mean surgery if I'm to correct it. It also didn't help that all the tests he did meant that I came out of the office in tears from the pain. I've got to see a different specialist at King's soon, get more cortisone into both arms to try to sort out the tennis elbow (again, I'm terrified of the pain this involves) and then x-rays to help work out if there's any way to avoid having an operation.

Scary stuff!

On a much brighter note, I've finished the first run-through of Badger's story, so now I'm just getting people to take a look at it and tell me what needs work to have him ready for printing. It's very exciting, but the ending isn't a terrifically happy one. It is Badger we're talking about here, after all.

1 comment:

knit nurse said...

Wow, those clouds look like snow-topped mountains in the distance!