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COVID-19 notwithstanding, good health is essential to all and while some are dogged by ill health all their life, I’ve been pretty lucky that I’ve had very little ill health. True, I am a grade two diabetic but even that has actually made me healthier, because I pay attention to what I eat and try as best I can to lead a healthy lifestyle. I’ve never been in a position where I couldn’t get up from a chair, take a walk in the countryside of sleep peacefully in a bed… until October 2019.

I can remember speaking to a friend a while back wondering what it was like to break a limb, having never experienced it. Well, I got my reply years later, in spades, when I broke seven ribs at the end of 2019. That was the start of a long haul to get myself back to a semblance of normality and it is an ongoing issue, almost four months after my accident. They say time heals, well, it may well do but the older you get the harder it gets and the longer it takes to heal.

After the accident I was in hospital for ten days, not being able to walk for half that time. Getting out the hospital bed to visit the loo was a real challenge. Even when I got home I found sitting down hard and standing up even harder. It’s taken me 18 weeks to get to the point where my ribs are sufficiently healed that I can lie down and go to sleep. It was no fun spending the last 18 weeks in a sitting up position in order to sleep. Now my back has become so used to not being laid down, that it was a little bit uncomfortable when I lay down for the first time. It’s getting easier all the time, but turning over in bed is another matter, that really can hurt if I don’t get it right.

The other problem I have is sneezing. I tend to sneeze at least once a day whether I have a cold or not, it’s just one of those things. It’s fine if I sneeze standing, but when I’m sat down it can hurt my ribs quite a bit,

At 65 years old I’m officially retiring next January, though I’ve been slowing down for a few years now. I’m looking forward to a long retirement, but don’t want to have one that is plagued by ill health. But thereby hangs a tale that is yet to be told.

As Mr. Spock always likes to say, “Live long and prosper…” but try not to get too ill too late in life.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2020
“A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world.”

 

 

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