Disaster - I have broken my leg - I have never broken a single bone in my body in my life and I have to go and do it now ! V was being got up by her carers yesterday morning and I took the opportunity to slip up to my allotment to water my tomatoes . On the way back I stepped slightly off the path to avoid a singularly vicious bunch of nettles turned my ankle over and heard the most alarming cracking sound from said region . Needless to say this was the one day I didn't have my mobile phone with me ( actually that's not true I often forget it ) so I had to limp back to the car feeling very nauseous and drive home , fortunately not far .
Well to cut along story short I managed to get hold of Hospice care and they had a space for V , my carers rallied round magnificently and drove V in our wagon to the hospice and deposited me into A& E . X-rays showed I have snapped the fibula and so I am plastered to the knee and am not allowed to put any weight on it for two weeks . What a bummer !! It is quite extraordinary as to what you can't do on crutches with a trailing leg but I am learning to adapt fast . A bootle of wine in a shoulder bag with a glass saw me through yesterday evening ( helped get the paracetamol and ibuprofen down ) but cereals and milk in the morning was challenge .
V's carers now seem to be looking after me- and that's a strange turn around ( I am a very bad patient ) One of them said " well George we have all said you need a break " and then was horrified at what she said - I actually thought it was very funny . Anyway I know V is safe in the hospice and we will gradually evolve a plan but in reality the whole thing is a nightmare and I think I have only just realised how close to the edge I am because I keep feeling very emotional (man description of "tearful" ).
My lovely daughter Kate is pulling out all the stops and arriving tomorrow to minister to her ageing and decrepit parents - I personally think the time has come to put us both in a boat and push us out to sea .
Well that's it , what more can I say- life is full of unexpected turns and surprises - this just happens to be one I could have done without - big time .!