Friday, 24 August 2012

Enforced idleness

I really am becoming very frustrated by this enforced semi-idleness.  There are still so many things I can't do - and they vary from day to day.  For example, yesterday I was trying to dry a glass but found myself unable to put the tea-towel inside the glass. Today I could do it.  Then again, I have been unable to drive for the last two days as my left hand has been too weak for me to grasp the steering wheel.  I'm hoping for better things this afternoon.

It doesn't help that my wife is partially disabled.  Her main problem is walking.  She has difficulty balancing and quite frequently needs help. Realistically, I suppose she needs a zimmer frame or similar but I would not wish to make the suggestion to her: it has to come from herself.

When I saw my doctor last week he proposed referring me to the rheumatological department at the hospital.  It seems that there are newer drugs on the market than those I am using, better at controlling arthritis.  As always, there are possible side-effects and the doctor wants a specialist to talk me through the matter.  I rang the doctor today and asked him to refer me as a private patient in an attempt to speed things up.


It's quite common to see signs warning of new road layouts when there has been no change in the road for two years or more.  Both in England and in France one sees signs on motorways advising that services are now fully open or there is a new restaurant.  Those signs seem to stay there for years and years.  But this must be one of the oldest obsolete signs in the country if not the world.  It dates from 1828 and is on the bridge at Sturminster Newton, Dorset.

Pic by Steinsky from Wikipedia.


Uncle Skip, said...

So they're still sending felons to Australia?

Or, is that the archaic use of the word?

Suldog said...

I absolutely LOVE that sign. With slight updates, I would like to see the same on many public things around here.