Its All a Crapshoot

Posted: September 30, 2022 in Uncategorized

As October rolls around there is only one constant in life at present and that is inaccurate weather forecasts. Oh, and pain. Lets review

Booked over 6 months ago , a loose term these days, to fly out to USA in 3 weeks for first OS travel in a couple of years. Normally bed flute pointing northwards and pants around the ankles right ? Its kinda appropriate that first stop , hopefully, is Vegas because at present the holiday …..wait for it….is all a crapshoot.

First up the ankle at 4 months post surgery is no better than 4 months pre surgery. Cant walk 10 m without pain even with my “Jimmy” Shoes and wrapping/compression bandages. Jimmy shoes u ask ? If u r not a Seinfeld fan why are you reading this…..but ok

One thing surgeon told me – apart from fact I would be doing cartwheels at 12 weeks – was to get some “rocker sole” shoes to wear after moonboot phase to assist with a normal gait. Last normal gait I had was in ’79 but ok. Well , taking almost $300 out of my wallet in right back pocket may have helped a bit with balance but any other benefits largely escape me at present

The main issue apart from pain is swelling so hence the compression bandages. Luckily no 13 hr flights coming up soon…… Of course, compression bandages do have to come off. Lets see how well they worked yesterday. Yep, a crapshoot

Its fair to say that my usual “let the city flow over you approach” by walking everywhere in USA as planned when first lined up for surgery 4 months ago will be back to hobble for 10 , whine and moan for 10, rest for 5, rinse, repeat. Luckily the sidewalks of NYC are never crowded. Even with these limitations imposed late in the 3rd quarter on yours truly would not be enough to counter my usual excuberant and effervescent approach to life in general. Now, lets factor in Qantas

Lordy Lordy what a crapshoot. My one mistake may have been to join the “Qantas Comments and Gripes” section on Facebook. Fair to say the gripes are winning in a landslide. The horror stories you read are hard to believe at times and lets face it the covid/flu season/excuse is mostly over here in Australia. Now we are back to the general incompetence of many decisions Joyce and Co have made in recent years impacting. Flights cancelled regularly , baggage missing, seats changed. Of course when the Syd-LAX flight is cancelled for example the flow on effect is a day later the LAX-SYD will be cancelled as no plane over there now ! Latest example yesterday… A couple in their 70s were actually seated with belt on in Business Class when notified by staff they would have to shift to economy so that some extra flight crew in their 30s could have their BC seats! A lot is removal of A 380s from flights as happened with me a month ago. Paid top price for Premium Economy over and back and because only A 330 – with no PE- used for Bri-LAX I had to fly via Melbourne first up to catch an A 380/Dreamliner. Or so you would think. Nah, they cancelled my return flight on Nov 14th and dumped me onto …..wait for it….. the A 330 to Brisbane. “But Sir, you are in the same seat number – 35 B” Yeah but this one is in fucking economy you moron. Its a different model aircraft! So basically for next 3 weeks instead of getting excited and planning daily adventures you wake up and quickly check emails to see if any from Qantas 😦 Of course we know only too well always the chance of the dreaded 2 am message on day of flight despite any possible comfort you may be feeling by then ! It seems that Qantas have zero care factor now and rely on fact that ” all airlines are struggling” and because of that many people will accept what they are told, me included, simply to get OS. Its really that first major flight out of Australia that is critical. After that, you can deal with most things because you are actually “on holidays”. “Most things” include 4 internal AA flights 😦 Will I actually get to the USA in 3 weeks? Who knows, afterall its ALL A CRAPSHOOT

Luckily others things have happened recently

CLP had a birthday late last month and we spent a lovely weekend together at Flashman Inc., Sunshine Coast. Some of us even got in the water . The Ponderosa is certainly looking a treat.

Always on the lookout for a new dining experience and have to say may have lucked out with Orleans at Maroochydore . Doesnt look much from outside but great ambience indoors and a superb 4 course tasting menu to follow. French and Cajun influence. With matching wines natch. Good serving pour size too just quietly

This last week some of the Toowoomba Tribe visited when Tony and the 3 kidlets came out for the day and night. We did go to golf but of course I didnt play. I did take one shot though and maybe this “lock the back foot and just swing arms” may work out moving forward. Of course now I need to remember to add about two clubs to compensate for lost distance. You cant lose natural talent eh….

It was a quiet Thursday afternoon at the GC under cloudy skies so basically perfect to take our time and enjoy mother nature. Kids get pleasure out of simple things like just driving the golf carts , raking bunkers and laughing at Grandad.

After a few hours on GC and the sun shining through lets head upstairs to bar for a beer as its nice and quiet. Walked past the young lass in Pro Shop as we all headed upstairs. Remember I had bandages on and a walking cane. Not a peep. It was a Ghost Town upstairs with no one behind bar or even in office. Eventually Tony walked back down stairs and asked young lass. “No, the bar is closed ” It was 3 pm. Hey, you don’t have any cheese by any chance eh Ms Wensleydale? Fuck me Slowly, what a joke. Had a lovely dinner with the new go to fail safe “air fryer roast chicken” . Threw a couple of beds together and it was actually a coolish night but then these kids are Toowoomba Tough. They then headed off next morning for a lovely catch up at the beach on the glorious day with the Beachmere Boys.

Not a lot of planning to do then except maybe a slight detour to Mt Rushmore to see the latest addition of Rod Stewart carved in the mountain

So, when next we hear from our hero he should be stateside . Or in the fetal position, Time will tell. After all,…..trumpets please…….ITS ALL A CRAPSHOOT

Oh, and in case you missed it the Queen is dead.

Ah no actually because after 12 weeks I still have to wrap the ankle to walk anywhere! Lets start with the good news because it wont take long. The 12 week X Rays are done and dusted and would seem to indicate all is where it should be and no rust detected. Here are two I prepared earlier

Now lets retrace our steps and move onto the reality of living with a fused ankle after a “successful” operation. Back home now by myself for majority of August . It was time to move onto next phase of recovery and get back into the Maryhole way of life. Of course I expected by 12 weeks to be running like a deer through the forest , not that I ever could mind you. Instead

I prefer to act as if it is a choice rather than a guaranteed certainty. First up then I needed some supplies to last through end of winter or at least next 3 days.

Its fair to say the Breville Barista Coffee machine experiment has not been a raging success but it would have to do for now as an hour is long enough to spend on adjusting grind . Hey maybe I should get Dr Bali up ? Nah, lets just open up the Honey, A instead. Speaking of Dr B he suggested I would be driving at 6 weeks – yeah right. After some crap coffee for a few days and approaching Week 11 thought it was time to venture further afield with moonboot at the ready. Ok, its a slow process taking on and off so celebrated feat of first drive to Coffee place with a muffin as well just to ensure I didnt fade away with the anxiety

This was never going to cut mustard for too long so time to try a few variations. I never did get the “rocker sole” shoes advised as they appear to be a US invention and no one here sells them in Aussie land. The Skechers with arch fit certainly seemed an acceptable solution at least comfort wise. A quick call to Doc B between weeks 11 and 12 seemed to suggest all was on track and recovery is variable from patient to patient but it was time to wean off the moonboot. Did as told of course and ventured out for a couple of chores with just a wrap on and the shoes. The main problem continuing onwards , apart from some pain, is the swelling after even a short period on feet and upright. Exhibit A from 2 days ago

< not good

Apart from continued swelling the foot still becomes dark pink/red after being upright as well maybe simply due to increased blood flow. There is increased tightness around achilles region as well which is new now. Of course all this may simply reflect normal life after a fused ankle as fusion is complete and less movement available. For first two months ankle always seemed more flexible that expected. As always there is good stiff and bad stiff…… Plans to be taking it easy and watching some fave movies to reflect the mood have been replaced by a more reflective choice

Of course life doesnt just revolve around my ankle. Also had an infected sebacious cyst on neck that had to be excised and then dressed every 2 days at Doctor for a week . They stick a wick in it to keep it partially open and let me tell you that hurts when then pull it out.

Lets spend some time then planning the USA trip coming up to bring some cheer into one’s life. Say, is that an email from Qantas, how spooky. “Hey sucker we cancelled your PE flight on the A 380 from LAX coming home to an A 330. Yeah they dont do PE so you will be in economy for 14 hrs but you are in the same seat ” What? The same seat number is not the same fucking seat you morons! Talking to Qantas is pointless of course. Every day now you wake up (hopefully) and check emails and pray there isnt another one from Qantas! Until yesterday morning of course when turned on laptop to be greeted by BSOD! Tried all the usual tricks but the more you tried the worse it got until it just died completely, likely a failed HDD would suggest. The one email did see on iPad was from Centrelink saying your medical leave is over and time to come see us . What a joyous way to spend Friday morning – look for a laptop for $1000 and then mingle with GU at Centrelink for 30 mins.

Obviously laptop is bought and being used . Windows 11, ugh. Anyhoo , time is flying by quickly and so USA trip is down to just over 6 weeks away but still cant get too enthused as too much can still go wrong for this LBD especially with 4 internal AA flights as well. The working title of “What Happens in Vegas” has been upgraded as really only 4 days in LV even thought it is the only city that is “new” for me on the itinerary. The current working title is “Slots, Slices and Sly” to cover Vegas gambling, two different pizza types in Chicago and NYC, and of course Philly’s favourite son. It may well change again. I shan’t lay awake at night thinking about it, too much else on my mind

Its not all doom and gloom of course

GO BRONCOS

Ah crap.

Another glorious day dawned so was put to work as Pool Boy extraordinare. You don’t need two legs when you have a cunning plan . He scoops , he scores .

Friday rolled around and time to head to Brisvegas for Day 1 of the SS – Turkey Flat long lunch at Port Office Hotel with AD. Not being able to find the lift to get to the “balcony room “ made access a tad difficult but where there is wine there is a way. Two long tables for about 50 thirsty folks or as we call it in the trade – Super Spreader event ! There was a 3 course meal hidden in there somewhere as well, you just had to find it in between the glasses.

3 different reds were served with each course and we did our best to empty all glasses before the next course arrived. It was a friendly group in close proximity but not sure emptying their unfinished Mataro into my now empty glass was my finest moment 🤦🏻‍♂️

Then they just seemed to fill up again 👀

The food was excellent as was the company. Not sure the service was all that well planned and was difficult for waiters to get in between the chairs and tables . And crutches. They managed

As we were on Plan H by now we wanted to be on the road by about 230 pm to head to Yabba Dabba Do and try to avoid the notorious M1 afternoon traffic. We did get to try the last dessert wine but sadly missed the cheese platters. We shall survive . It was a great way to spend a few hours and lube up the tonsils .

I may have nightmares tonight about all the lovely wine left behind. Either way suggest it could be a rough nights sleep 😏

Now it was time to get on the road and head to Yabba Dabba Do and sober up in the 90 mins it would take for designated driver to travel there . Some congestion at times but still a good run had us ready to hop into our next drinks package. Here is one I prepared earlier

A couple of rumbos by the fire finished off day one perfectly as we retired to our separate lodgings for the night . Not a great night’s sleep but that was self induced of course. We have a small gathering today by Della standards so one of the easier table configurations to configurate.

My main job for the morning was to prepare the Antipasto plate. With the smaller gathering it was easier than expected.

The gang dribbled in as midday approached and as we were about to tuck in to the reserve antipasto plate we looked around for someone to say Grace and realised we were struggling. And then on the stroke of midday in drove AD and saved the day

As always plenty to eat and maybe the hosts didn’t get the tick tock update about reduced numbers but as had the two night package deal any leftovers would not go to waste. Special mention must be made of the cake made by Mike and Jodie. It was diabetic heaven . I got 3 Kit Kats just in my one slice !

As always the hours passed quickly in good company

I did notice CLP doing the rounds with a huge smile on her face. It seems she was telling everyone that “ yes he finally goes home on Wednesday 💃🏻

Bruce teased since last night that he had a new Scotch to try with a unique “flavour”. His exact description was “ tastes like the sticky part of a Band-Aid” Yeah right . With the family all on the road we settled in for our leftovers dinner and finally ok bring out the scotch.

Fuck me. He nailed it 😏 As the glass approached the mouth an odd smell was detected . The first taste confirmed it. It is a sticky Band-Aid! Now, what are our options to finish this glass and not waste precious ice . Some dry ginger ale? Hmm, now it’s a sticky Band-Aid pulled off after wearing it in the shower by mistake. Thanks Bruce for a unique experience never to be repeated 😅

A good nights sleep followed by the usual delicious breakfast had us on the road by 0830 and a good run home relaxing at Ponderosa by 11 am on a cloudy cool day . So now a couple of days of chilling before heading back to Maryhole on Wednesday for good. The ankle is rather swollen today after a lot of upright activity in recent days so will be a very quiet afternoon. TB didn’t seem too sad to see us leave but to be fair it may have been the T Shirt I wore yesterday 😏

Will sign off now from Grind n Bind as we approach the 9 week mark and well on road to recovery if still a few curves ahead but hopefully no dark tunnels. Of course would have been totally lost without CLP who has been my rock. ❤️

A quiet couple of months before October rocks around and “ What Happens in Las Vegas “ kicks off. Later dudes and dudettes.

Always leave em smiling

As in, I’ve stretched it out long enough she wants me to go home 🤓

It’s a fluid situation at present . Current plan is to head home to Maryhole on Wednesday August 3rd. Fair to say recovery not proceeding as quickly as hoped (or informed by surgeon!) but all things still on track. Increasing weight bearing slowly but surely but still require two crutches to get around. Any thoughts of single crutch or walking stick are kidding themselves. Maybe my balance is crap 🤔 On the good news front wound is clean but still enough of a scar to attract da ladies 🕺🏻

This week was planned to be a busy week culminating with annual Xmas in July eatery drinkery caper at TB @ Yabba Dabba Do near Canungra. Some notable omissions already sadly with RJER headed off on a 6 month caravan odyssey across Australia starting this week. Then just this last weekend there has been an illness in the Della clan that could cancel the whole event . ‘Twas only 12 months ago we were eating/drinking on Saturday morning at said celebration when Beaverhausen, A closed borders and we had to leave Yabba Dabba Do that afternoon 😢 We also have booked a Long Lunch as a Primer with Turkey Flat Winery at Port Office on Friday with AD. So, at this stage this week could be very busy or more of the same😏 Stay tuned

Also been a busy few days planning our African Safari for next March. Devoted followers may recall we have been trying for this since 2020 and literally got within a day of flying out. Not a lot of planning needed now for this then but an opportunity to tack on a week in France afterwards is now on the table. John and Lorraine will be in Europe for 3 months starting February next year and more importantly in rural France starting a few days after our Safari ends. Too good an opportunity to pass up we have been trying to work out flights that connected but is your basic nightmare. So we went for two separate bookings and will fly Emirates from Johannesburg to Lyon and back before returning to Australia on Qantas on a separate booking.

Workmen have all gone now and the finished landscaping does indeed look a treat and just in time for next rain bomb ! We got 200 mm over a couple of days but before that twas the usual glorious winter weather

The glorious weather has returned for the week. Time to start working on the tan again although will there be dipping of toe in water ? Of course – Queenslander ! It’s cool certainly but body adjusts quickly in this weather. Will come back and dive for my testicles tomorrow 🤓

As promised did return the next day and went full immersion. It was cool but glorious at the same time. No testicles found but a new occupant in the area had a grin on her face so suspect I know where they are . Again 🕺🏻

Certainly cleared the mind and as luck would have it Qantas were having an international flight sale. This means airfares now are only about 20% above pre COVID prices😏. All flights for Africa/ France now booked so can start thinking a bit about What Happens in Vegas coming up in October .

8 weeks have rolled around now and so off to Physio again to add to his Super. All things are going as he expected if not the surgeon 😏 Given how much was shaved off the right side some pain there is to be expected when weight bearing. The moonboot is required for another 2 weeks but at least now can use one crutch which leaves one hand free . At last 🤓 Just have to be careful now that I don’t become too independent and cause CLP to lose the reason to live .

The weekends plans are up to about Plan H at this stage but we head off on Friday morning for Brisvegas and a looooong lunch at Port Office before continuing on for the 2 night package at Yabba Dabba Doo and a loooooong drink . The home stretch has stretched out rather a long way so will pull up stumps here as could be a fair amount of shenanigans over the next few days to report on and wouldn’t want to detract from that appeal with the half naked images of La Bod attached in this report . So as we say in cheese-eating surrender monkey region of the world it’s Au Revoir from him .

Grind n Bind – Boot Camp

Posted: July 8, 2022 in Uncategorized

And so life continues with my very own snug single leg warmer. Could be needed as the temps drop for some typical glorious QLD winter days . Darool Darool

Moonboot was a pain to wear while sleeping and so as support is still required we fell back on the old tried and true crepe bandage. Only wear boot for about 4-5 hrs max a day when at home. Always have it on when moving around or leaving the house but it’s been a quiet week . Time then to start drying out the wound so can start wetting it and maybe have a shower or two . Sun, do your magic big fella

CLP is having a lot of landscaping done around the pool area and starting to look a treat. Does mean there are workers here most days but no drama . I love to watch someone else work as much as the next man . I’ll drink to that . Suck on that Riccardo

CLP headed to Brisvegas for Saturday night to see da girls . I suggested having two cuties to look after she didn’t need an old fart as well so I stayed home alone. What could go wrong ?

We set up the house as best we could , sort of opposite of child proofing it was Flash Foolproofing. Everything in easy reach and the only issue I could see would be when it comes to afternoon drinkies . Turned out wasn’t a problem at all but alas did raise another problem 😏

On Thursday we headed to Low Security Twilight Home at Carseldine to see Ferguson Matriach on occasion of her 96 th Birthday . The homes are very careful of course and in current climate we had to have a negative RAT to see Mum so tacked on an unexpected 15 min delay – when they are 96 every moment delay could be dangerous 🤓. We passed. Here’s two I prepared earlier, saves time.

As luck would have it that 15 min delay had us arriving just in time for a special morning tea the staff had arranged for the birthday girl . At this place I imagine they order their birthday candles in bulk 🎂. Even got to join in the singalong. M

Mum was looking rather good for 96 . Quiet an amazing woman and one tough lady. We spent some time in her room , just a couple of cripples hanging together while we gave her some flowers and choccies. I was going to save some money and play the old dementia trick of “ No Mum we gave you your present yesterday” but that seemed cruel even to me 🤔

Due to current restrictions only two visitors per day so we had arranged to meet my sister Anne up in the cafe for lunch. This meant we needed a wheelchair and Mum and I played Rock,Paper, Scissors to see who got wheeled up to the cafe . Damn that bloody paper 🤦🏻‍♂️

It was a lovely day although a little wind chill but we found a nice table with sunlight streaming through. Who knew you could reserve a table and a mother both at the same time

Very nice lunch actually and very reasonably priced. Maybe they gave me a discount thinking I would be shifting in next week too 🤔 Smartasses

Then it was time to head home to Flashman Inc and hopefully some quiet time with no workers around. Bit like last couple of years in Maryhole Pathology Lab 😅 They have done a great job but will be nice to get my solarium back tomorrow.

To wrap up first week of camp then it’s the first Physio appointment today . Will be interesting as ankle feels ok but odd at the same time. Luckily only just up the road at Mapleton . Sadly I don’t have extras cover anymore . According to surgeon I can drive now but don’t let CLP know 🤓 Personally I wouldn’t want to be a passenger in a car I would be driving at present. I have heard of lead foot drivers but dead foot drivers are a whole different problem.

So, the Physio was a bit of a bummer or to be more specific a reality check. Everything is progressing as expected it’s just the time frame suggested by Surgeon and Physio are somewhat divergent by a few weeks and not in a good way. Surgeons do a great job but not really big on the post op period once the cheque clears 😏 It looks like another 4 weeks before 100% weight bearing so plans to be home in Maryhole by August 1st are not looking good. And of course some stage I have to tell CLP I guess 🙇‍♀️Then have to make a tougher call and call Billy Bobs Bootique and cancel my lessons next week 😰

Grind n Bind – Month 2

Posted: June 30, 2022 in Uncategorized

One month done and dusted and by all reports not dead yet . Had the follow up X-ray this week and can confirm screws and plate still internal as intended.

Monday then we head back to Maryhole for morning appointment with Surgeon on Tuesday. Hopefully plaster will be removed and then onto Moonboot phase. The plaster is restrictive but equally does give one some confidence moving around. Having navigated 4 weeks with no major issues though assume some incidental weight bearing now would not have me back in surgery anytime soon.

Two clouds on the horizon with plenty more expected . Apparently.

First up CLP has the dreaded lurgy and it’s a nasty one but NOT COVID. Everyday winter cold. Being a thoughtful patient I told her she could sleep in an extra 5 mins this morning before bringing me my breakfast in bed. Being thoughtful doesn’t cost anything eh 🕺🏻And now I am succumbing. Let’s get it all done and dusted now so after next Tuesday can dance in the street if so inclined. Second cloud has bought some friends though. “Unseasonal” rain event – not yet called bomb or apocalypse – starts on Friday and continues through to at least Tuesday which may impact driving plans. I am prepared

With the never failing accuracy of weather forecasts uppermost in our minds we decided to head up on the “best” day weather wise which was Sunday and spend an extra day in Maryhole. It was a good run up both on traffic and weather front and always good to get home and see everything still standing and powered on. Certainly chilly enough with forecasts of 8-15 next two days.

Monday did dawn rather wet and dreary so glad we came up early. We decided to venture out in the gloom for a counter meal at the Carriers and it hit the spot….as did the beer. While still a bit sniffly my taste buds have remained intact Thank Me

Interesting how CLPs house is just so much better set up for invalids. The stairs outside here are always a nightmare on crutches and especially when raining. Chairs and beds just seem lower here somehow . Bath is facing wrong way to hang leg out etc. I will be glad to be back at Flashman Inc come Tuesday arvo for a number of reasons but most involving a lack of cast. Maryhole Flashville though does have great internet so have downloaded enough giga goodness of shows to last next 3 weeks

So off we head to Hervey Bay under leaden skies to check on leaden foot. Spooky eh. I couldn’t say the Doc barred up because he always wears loose surgical gear even in rooms but he was very pleased. The wound is clean and swelling minimal. More importantly the X-rays showed gaps where there should be and none where they shouldn’t be along with the $2000 of metal still inserted. Just to remind folk what has been achieved

Plaster was removed and first insight to life with a fused ankle. It felt weird trust me. The ankle was free so to speak but felt like it was still in plaster. Like how a club foot feels I imagine. It looks like it can flex but no it can’t . Well not yet 🤔

So, as with most things moon related there are phases and in the first phase it is pretty much like having the plaster still on only not as secure😏 We need no weight bearing until the 6 week mark which is another 9 days on July 14th. Ergo still crutches and moonboot 24/7 although if sitting for extended period can remove boot for a break. At present looks like Houdini could struggle to get it undone quickly but sure we will learn .

The big red button inflates ,the small deflates. Apparently. After 2 hours sitting in the car I need to have it elevated a bit . Blood flowing to extremities brings strange sensations. As we all know….🕺🏻 For now though I want no sensations . No more need to see the surgeon but another X-ray at 12 weeks to check for rust and a final sign off by local GP. The boot stays on for another few weeks but come August should be home in Maryhole and looking after myself as will be able to drive then. Sorry , what was that loud screeching noise. Ah, CLP shouting Hallelujah 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Another month then convalescing at home hopefully as not convinced yet about ease of driving etc . Time will tell but rest of July will be much of same with maybe some self bathing at last. Ah, now CLP is crying. Women eh 🤓

Let’s try that first bath , still assisted 🤓. Ok , moonboot off first as nothing slides over that. It’s a little unsettling being so exposed in more ways than one but I eased into the water like an old man into a nice warm bath. Which I am I guess . Anyhoo didn’t take long to notice something was missing , always a concern when in the buff. With no walking for 5 weeks my right calf had disappeared. On further inspection it appears to have dissolved into my ankle 😳 Could be a long 9 days .

Once again CLP has been a rock 🥰 A lot of driving in recent days in bad conditions is stressful on anyone. Then a couple of days out of home environment in Maryhole. Lost without my honeybuns. We are now back safe and sound in Flashman Inc and ready for a month of

Later dudes

Well it was bound to happen eventually

Ah wrong outing . As we pass the 3 week mark it was time to venture further afield and head to Brisvegas. Good to get out and about in this glorious weather and also catch up with Munchkins 1 and 2 and spend a night with RJER. To add to the excitement we thought we would train it down to the big smoke and blow the froth of a couple before deCamping in Camp Hill. Spooky eh . Now, this will be a good test trust me . Why you ask ?

The ankle is doing very well. Occasional niggle here and there and some throbbing at times etc. All very manageable especially with me mate Oxy bedside adjacent 👍🏻 The unexpected problem- which in hindsight may have been expected duh – is that the constant weight bearing on left leg especially going up and downstairs is causing significant grief with left knee which was already suspect and led me into hands of Orthopod Inc initially. I would suggest another 4-6 weeks of this will advance the need for surgery on that knee by several months 😰 Almost hardly seems worth heading home from Flashman Inc in August and just line up next surgery and convalescence?

THUD

Ah CLP just fainted . Ok maybe we will postpone the knee for a while 😏

So train trip will be fine but am a bit concerned about moving around CBD with crutches for more than 5 mins at a time. The crutches are easily adjustable an inch at a time – if only that worked for everything below the waist eh🕺🏻 5’11” works well for up and down stairs but 6’ is best for general walking . 6’6” is great for toasting marshmallows 🤓

Fair to say mobility on the crutches has not been as easy as expected which may explain why I can report back on a few new shows 😏

The Old Man with Bridges and Lithgow looks great 2 episodes in . Candy was rather predictable and slow so gave up . Sherwood looks like your usual solid UK drama and keen for this. Gaslit has been weird to say the least and could easily walk away after that nonsense episode 7 but then only one left eh. Under the Banner of Heaven is next in line. In the meantime the US Open golf was great and why it will always outshine the LIV nonsense

CLP is currently getting some landscaping done around the pool which means workers are here most days but the end result will be worth it . Tomorrow (Thursday) the dirt turns up now the borders were done yesterday

On a glorious day then it seemed now (Wednesday) may be a good time for some sun by the pool. Shirt off, trakkie dacs off. The rest…….well there are no workers around ….

Friday dawned another booteeful morning as we prepare to head off for our two nights stay at RJER in Brisvegas. Next challenge of course is crutches plus back pack plus Great Unwashed . We arrived in plenty of time and nice and quiet . Train left on time #notQantas

Good train trip down and needed to get out at Central to catch another train to South Brisbane when we discovered our first problem. Escalators

Getting on at bottom was ok with one crutch and hold the rail. As we approached the top two things were going to run out quick. The stairs – fine;the rail – help 😳 Managed to grab some wall quickly but no more escalators for this LBD. Then got out at South Brisbane and needed a pee stop. No worries ……until you meet the swinging doors . Eventually managed it and luckily Charming Squire was basically next door because I needed a drink ! Or two

Next adventure then as a cab to RJER . A maxi cab waiting ? Sweet. Or not . They have a massive step up to get in and it didn’t go well with some overbalancing and right foot put on ground. not full weight bearing and it is now 3 weeks so think we will be fine but certainly not as ambulatory as one may have hoped for at this stage .

Got to RJER nice and early and thought would have a lie down. I had this strange feeling something strange was going on. Mischief was afoot. Time to check the security cameras .

Well if that’s the most mischief that happens no problem. Now we just wait for Munchkin 2 to arrive . I will be safe with her though ….

The fire was mesmerising as usual but still a chill in the air. Now, what helps with that 🤔

Strangely the knee and ankle hurt a little less now 😀 the wonders of modern medicine eh. The outing has highlighted a few issues to be aware of but certainly worth the effort . Will spend a quiet day tomorrow in Brisvegas before training back on Sunday morning to Flashman Inc. Afterall, have to be home in time for

Weather has remained quite glorious if a few degrees warmer . Do love the crisp clear blue days . The big date on the horizon is first follow up visit with Surgeon on what would be Day 10 Post Op. Memories of his bedside visit in hospital came flooding back but that could have been some post anaesthesia fog to be fair

Of course this required a road trip back to Maryhole and then Hervey Bay . It would be a big day of driving for my honeybuns who has been wonderful of course. Also good to quickly check on house and air it out for a few hours and maybe finally finish that pesky jigsaw with CLPs help. Voila

As with most specialist visits we didn’t get in on time but rather 40 mins late which stuffed up our lunch plans a bit . Time for the big reveal then and hoping to see a clean wound and minimal swelling . First up was a bit messy

Then we got the magic sponge working and all started to look good. Doc commented that he did spend an extra 20 mins in surgery removing a lot of bone pieces and can certainly see some has removed from the sides. Allowing for perfectly normal swelling the prospects for a relatively normal looking ankle are good

Then it was time for full plaster and we went with Royal Blue in the Platinum Jubilee year . It’s amazing stuff. One minute it is just bandage and then a rub here a splash of water there and it is rock hard in 5 minutes. I snatched a couple of bandages to use when needed if ya get my drift 🤓 Then it was time to head off and head back to Kureelpa with a slight detour for a snack at Bell Hilltop

So it was a very long day , especially for CLP, but we have a good report card to move forward with. Next visit is on July 5th where we cut off the plaster and move to moonboot for a while . Let’s toast The Blue Period for now

In between long boring road trips there has been a lot of TV watching of course. Watched mostly PGA golf as LIV doesn’t really grab me yet , if ever. Think that latter tour is best summed up by this clever image

Watched The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix as rather difficult to just Netflix and Chill at present 🥹 It was very good although not a perfect wrap for either Ebert or Siskel. Now we have to find that next series to watch together .

The irony now of course is that my left knee is causing me more grief than my right ankle/leg, the irony being that was the knee I first went to see Orthopod about before pulling the old ankle switchers. It carries all the weight going up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs etc. Having just stopped the anti- inflammatory pills for ankle two days ago going to start them again now for the knee ! Life is funny eh

So being Thursday it was lunch date day . The RSL seems ideal as is the only place CLP says I can wear Trakkie Dacs out in public with her 😏 It was a very good meal in pleasant surroundings even if we were the youngest there and amongst the top 50% mobility wise . Nice to have a beer of course at anytime

So, time to sign off for another blog and next few days will be quite though enjoyable with not much happening apart from revelling in QLD winters. Darool Darool. And as they say , always leave ‘em laughing

Grind n Bind – Week 2

Posted: June 9, 2022 in Uncategorized

Week 2 has begun much like week one ended . Me watching other people work while soaking up some sun . Mind you they would be lost without my clear direction . PS – the pool looks glorious 😰

It has been stunning weather of late. Cool nights and clear days . This is what QLD winters are all about . CLP is barring up about setting up the fire in late afternoons and so as usual I supervised from a safe distance and called out when it was time to

When last we left our hero he was on the horns of a dilemma . Alcohol V Pain relief. There can only be one winner in that little battle and no surprises . The only real question is do we ease ourselves in or straight to the serious stuff 🤔 Yeah right.

Not totally dismissing the possibility of imminent alcoholism the reality is there has been very little pain really apart from first two nights . Never been one to overdose on painkillers with their side effects it has been very manageable. This is mostly good news of course but the downside is you can forget about your “no weight bearing for 4-6 weeks” and absent mindedly put your foot down. Especially after a few sherbets …. However pleased to report after week one no incidents to report and all seems to be on track. Next important step is visit to Dr Bali next Tuesday in Maryhole for wound review and wallet assessment. I am assuming both will show less swelling afterwards 😏

First thrill then these last days has been bath time. I am all set up downstairs which is great but the bath is upstairs and trust me a couple of sponge washes in these temperatures had me climbing the stairs lickety split. Unlike cows it is easier coming back down of course . With the help of Nubile Nurse 1 it all worked well so no one ring after 4 pm because that is bath time ok .

Next step then was to get out and about so yesterday we went to Flaxton Barn for a very nice Devonshire tea. It is a Knick knacks store and CLP was able to get that large wall clock to hang outside so we can tell the time poolside . Baths freshen my mind and body so no surprises that it occurred to me that for now this clock also served as a great tool to remind us when it Wine O’Clock

Next step then was a planned train trip to Brisvegas today to see RJER and spend the night just to get out and about. Sadly Munchkin 1 is not well so will postpone a week. It seems at least half on my grandkids are also in various stages of a bad “flu” as so often happens at this time of year 😰 So , plan B will be to venture out late morning to a local craft brewery for a beer and lunch and maybe get to Brisvegas next Friday

Have been able to watch a lot of sport this week including SOO 1 . Classic game where NSW always looked dangerous but QLD hang on and scramble and throw in some individual brilliance when needed. The golf saga is getting a tad tiresome and while a clown like DJ can do whatever he wants don’t tell me it is “ for my family’s secure future” If they ain’t secure after the $100 million you made on PGA they never will be . Tried to watch a bit on YouTube but didn’t grab at all.

On such a glorious day though time for some exercise first before frivolity . Laps of the pool first up

Well that worked up a thirst, time to head out for the launch of my new charity . It’s like LIV golf but without rich assholes. It’s called Limping for Lager and will go off like a frog in a ribbed sock trust me . First stop then is The Craft at Flaxton

So the beers made me hungry and we stayed for lunch. Very passable steak Sanger and a couple of frothy ones certainly filled up this little belly

Well it’s been a rather full day and am feeling rather full and it’s almost bath time so will sign off now for another up your date and maybe just look at the vista on this rather superb day for a mo

The Pain Train has arrived and it has several carriages on board . There is a dark tunnel ahead but I think I see light at the end 🙏🏻

Checking my schedule I see it arrived just after Midnight on Day 2 so not a bad run really so far . It literally felt like my ankle was in a vice and some asshole had turned it full up.

Tried some Panadol first up as always hesitant to reach for the heavy stuff early on . Yep, that did nothing let’s back up the Oxy truck that Michael Keaton sent me #dopesick . Within 30 mins pain had settled and was actually able to get some sleep . Of course at night time always want to ensure you turn a light on first before doing anything . Only need that mistake to happen once trust me……

It was quite a warm night with a little rain around and this helped as need to have foot elevated and no blankies on top. Maybe just a sock. Now where did I last see that “ribbed” sock 🤓

I suspect the pain is perfectly normal and expected now and doubt anything to do with yesterdays little accident. As my brother (an actual doctor ) says “ Those screws are deep in the bone cortex and ain’t going anywhere” . Now for the next joy of the morning

It actually was pretty easy once I realised you had to take them out of the plastic first 🥹 A quiet day ahead now just working out the pain relief/constipation/alcohol holy trinity . Life is all about balance after all.

And drinking.

Once again C(P)LP has been wonderful and would be lost without her. I will give her a break in a couple of days as she gets some pampering for a change . Still no nurse’s uniform mind you 😏

Weather is glorious of course being a QLD winter. One Oxy at night ensures I get some good sleep but when that wears off we make do as best we can. The house is well set up especially outside in the morning sun. Good golf to watch on TV and the weekend is passing relatively easily. It ain’t fun at present but coping quite well . Was a bit of a knob kiss when Foxtel gave me two screen access for free being a loyal customer. As long as wifi is good – not a guarantee here – I have access to Foxtel as well. Sweet.

Nursey Mercy has put together a breakfast menu to choose from and this morning “bacon and egg on English muffin” caught my eye as my bit to celebrate Queens jubilee. At least I am more mobile than that old fart now

Well that hit the spot. Guess it is time to head outside and see what needs doing . Yep nothing

Am trying to keep mind active at least with puzzles and crosswords etc. CLP and I have our usual intelligent discussions as well

Not a lot will change for next few days I imagine . Hoping to maybe travel quickly to Brisvegas for an overnighter at RJER on Friday but will wait and see how next couple of days go

Later dudes