Stuck in Neutral
At the top of this week I'm just rocking the wagon back and forth, just sitting up here watching the world go by. It's actually quite pleasant above it all - calm, quiet, nonchalant. Getting into this groove though was a pain.
Three weeks ago the tendons in my right foot took it upon themselves to gift me with a layoff. They stuck me in Neutral! I might have been a little more cooperative had it been all expenses paid, but no that's not how this lodge works. Though Health Ontario paid for MD's and x-rays, I have to pony up for physiotherapy treatments (the perils of a defined benefit plan for retirees!) and pay $16 parking at the hospital to get the x-rays taken. I have been a very unhappy camper these past 21 days and based on past layoffs imposed by the tendonitis gang, I've got 21 more to go before I can get outta Neutral.
So yeah, it's a good thing to finally let go of the protests and embrace the stillness (gag!) of being stuck in Neutral. There are activities here. Three times a day there are gentle foot/ankle stretches, toe and towel scrunching, arch raises to the tune of London Bridge is falling down and plenty of icing on the foot. Best of all I get to use a cane when I absolutely must walk any significant distance (>20m). People are very nice to me when they see I have a cane, stepping up to open doors, nodding and smiling. And speaking very LOUDLY to me! Yee gads, what's that all about?
Anyway, my tendons are on the mend - they do seem to enjoy the slow pace of things - so I think I'll try to hold out for here for another three weeks. It's not so bad being stuck in Neutral. The food is pretty good and the staff patient and understanding. Besides, the fastest way out is to stay put!
(a beach would be a much better location for neutral - just sayin')
So you folks head on off down the week.
I'll be watching from my wagon or my hammock, rocking back and forth, back and forth.
©2014 April Hoeller