Yay - weekend! Hopefulness is in the air....weather is set to be fine and with any luck, warm; it's Mother's Day on Sunday and the family is convening round at mine for lunch. I expect I'll cook but I don't mind that much. It will just be wonderful for us all to be in the same room again. It seems like ages since that happened.
All of that is giving me something to look forward to because I've had a rough couple of days with discomfort and stiffness. My hip has been bordering on painful and on the scale of 1-10, I'd say it's been hovering around the 7 mark. My foot which I thought had settled down temporarily has resumed its 'bastard!' status with a vengeance. As a result, the penguin waddle has been more pronounced than ever.
Grumpy Trousers and I had a little trip out to Tesco in Chesterfield on my way to work this morning, and even though I'd taken 3 strong painkillers I still wobbled into displays of newspapers and flowers like a drunkard. I'm aware people give me funny looks, and I can imagine they are wondering to themselves 'What is WRONG with that woman?!' My balance is bad on days like today, yet another day it's not a problem. I truly bamboozle myself.
Excuse me for a few minutes - there's a bit of excitement outside my window. I happened to spot a fire crew with two engines and ladders rising up and down . Must go and observe. For health and safety purposes you understand. Not gawping at all. Or perving.
Well if it was the window cleaners I'd be saying "cue Diet Coke!", but as it was, the team of hunky firefighters are all uniformed up while performing an exercise. No fire. Nothing to see. I've lost interest now so here I am back to writing.
And they did NOT look like this!
Where was I? Oh yes wobbling into displays. To help with the balance issue I've been attending a yoga class each Thursday after work, and I have to say in class I can balance pretty well. If I close my eyes I wobble but apparently everyone does so I'm not unique with that. I find it helps to hold on to the back of a chair while standing on one leg. That way it prevents me from keeling right over. At the start of the session I am pretty unbalanced, but the more I do the better it becomes. Clearly I need to practice some yoga poses each morning before I let myself loose on the world. I'd hate to see pensioners, children and small furry animals fleeing for cover!
I will be seeing the doctor on Monday about my hip problem. A Sports Therapist friend has suggested that it might be a form of Bursitis which is inflammation in a small sac near my hip joint. It seems to have been hanging around a long time to be Bursitis, but I'm clinging to any suggestions and possibilities. She told me if he actually confirmed it as this then she can help me with some physiotherapy. I also may need to see the Acupuncturist again. I will know these things better after Monday.
I recently did a post titled Menopause Crap in which I moaned about my night sweats and itchy skin etc. Well, that seems to have abated due to stopping using some HRT cream that I had to use for, ahem - ladies personal stuff. I only used it one or twice a week anyway but even such small doses can leach into the bloodstream causing symptoms like I was getting. I'm glad I got to the bottom of that as it was starting to worry the bloody socks off me. I shall resume using the cream as and when I need it, and maybe not use the full dose.
A few more appointments in the offing as well. MRI scan on my foot in a couple of weeks, then back to see the foot specialist for the results. I do hope he can do something for me, whatever it may take. If my foot is corrected, there will be less strain on my hip. Result being I can walk a straight line and there will be no more trashed displays in shops, or freaked out people running for cover!
If you're in the UK, I hope you have a Happy Mother's Day. Sorry if you're elsewhere, but your Mother's Day is different to ours. But whoever, and wherever you are, kids or no kids here's a cute bouquet from me to let you know I'm thinking of you.