(only 26+days to go)
Today was an inevitable town day. It had taken me months to get an appointment to be seen by an ophthalmologist, and I wasn't skipping it just because I have foot fractures. It is, however, funny when you go into an eye specialist's place with a broken foot sporting crutches. People seem to think you've come to the wrong place!
I capitalised on the wide eyes of the receptionists by saying, "Ah've coom about me broken foot" in a Yorkshire accent, before laughing at the joke with them. Dr Offerman turned out to be a neat, very polite man with a bearing halfway between that of a forensic expert and a physics researcher. My problem is that I've had a really irritating foreign body sensation in my right eye for over two years now, but neither my GP nor the optometrist could find one. I used to get a few ingrown lashes in my mid-30s which created similar sensations until ripped out. Whatever it was had been waking me up in the night during REM sleep, when the eyes move rapidly under the lids - the sense of irritation of moving the eye even slightly under closed lids is huge, and REM isn't slight movement.
No foreign body was found, but blepharitis was present (which would also be the case after a long-standing foreign body somewhere near the lids), so we're treating that. The hypothesis is that my right eye isn't producing enough lubrication at present and this causes the lids to rub painfully and get irritated. Dr Offerman wrote down a suitable over-the-counter lubricating eyedrop for day use, as well as a gel for night use, to deal with the irritation. He also said that this condition benefits from having lots of fish oil in the diet, so I'm taking fish oil capsules for at least 6 weeks (which will also help bone healing
). I'm very happy when doctors have a clue about nutrition and don't just rely on pharmaceuticals! We'll see how it goes, and I get reviewed in 6 weeks.
On the plus side, apart from that I have very healthy eyes, normal pressure, nice retina - and I actually saw my own retina too while he was looking at it!
Considering that glaucoma runs in all the women amongst my relatives, it was nice to have no signs of it.
The weather was rubbish, and Bill was giving me a lift back home - Brett had brought me in on his way to work. He simply swapped his midweek visit from Wednesday to Tuesday this week. I always do a lot of cooking ahead when Bill is over, and then we do a lot of sampling, and Bill gets to take slices of newly made cake home. Our kitchen is the heart of the open living area, and when you're working at the main bench, you can converse easily with people sitting at the dining table. Cooking is the sort of work I can do while still being good company. It lends itself to a good chinwag.
Today I made a very eggy coconut cake, and a Thai-style pumpkin soup with seafood mix, using the last Turk's Turban, which I oven roasted first. See below for what these look like...
That was our first big haul of this both decorative and super-delicious variety, four years ago. It really is fun to grow your own food.
For those wondering why I was using crutches, I use the peg-leg specifically for walking and outdoors work. If you have to sit down a lot or climb in and out of cars, and you're not walking far, or carrying anything, you're better off using crutches.
Speaking of the peg-leg, yesterday it got another good airing. The weather was highly suitable for a lunchtime walk of our bush tracks, much to the delight of the dog. I got a good dose of Vitamin D at the same time, as the sun was out, and I was out for nearly an hour. It was only a 2km lap, which normally takes 20 minutes, but peg-legging is a lot slower than proper striding walking, plus the last 500m of the walk was across the very bockety middle meadow. Peg-legs perform well on level surfaces, but aren't great for uneven ground, or bush-bashing (though they at least give you that option).
The stance was still a bit wide on the photos I posted yesterday, because the gadget needed adjusting; much better now. I am now consciously catwalking (crutch leg placed almost in line in front of the other foot) to get the right alignment instead of duck-waddling, which is so inelegant.
To some degree though, because your peg-leg isn't jointed like a normal leg, you do have to raise and lower and rotate your hip as needed to compensate, especially if you go over bumpy ground. And you have to consciously work towards an even swing of the arms, which is sort of an exaggerated power-walker swing at first.
It's great to have weight-bearing exercise for the top half of my dodgy leg - so from the knee upwards, I won't be losing muscle, or bone density, from the enforced changes to normal body use while my fractures are healing. And I can groom, feed, rug and unrug the horses independently.
I'll take some more foot photos soon. The bruising is starting to clear, and I can actually touch the poor thing again (but not over the fracture area
). I can also put some weight on the heel again, and today I had lunch at the table, with my foot flat on the floor. Progress!