We managed to have a very enjoyable family Christmas despite my wife having a minor accident a couple of days before. She fell in the garden and injured her shoulder – as I write this she is still in a sling.
Although she was released from A&E that same night, her shoulder wasn’t reset correctly, leaving her in agony for several days until her follow-up hospital appointment.
She is still in considerable pain. A first physio appointment, this week, dashed any hopes that she would quickly be back to full fitness, with their advice being that the sling remains in place for the next few weeks at least.
Of course, the most important thing is that my other half makes a really recovery and doesn’t impact on her long-term health and wellbeing. However it’s not easy for her – she is an active and independent person who isn’t used to sitting around, and certainly not resting.
We had already bought tickets for the pantomime and we still managed to go. Although she had taken some strong painkillers, I’ll never know how she managed to spend most of the day out and about in a busy city centre while being in complete and utter agony – I wouldn’t have lasted 10 minutes.
Probably most frustrating of all is that she can’t drive. Although she has now managed a couple of very short journeys, the car has been pretty much off-limits. As a result, we’ve had to resort to desperate measures – I’ve been going shopping.
Going to the supermarket isn’t amongst my strengths so we have been making use of on-line shopping, but I have been trusted to pop along to the local shops for a few essentials. I don’t know how she manages to remember on which aisle the items we regularly buy are kept, but I muddled through.
The kids were a bit thrown by the whole thing at first, but they understand that mum’s just hurt herself a bit and needs time to recover.
For the next few weeks at least, it’s a case of wait and see. We don’t want to book holidays – or commit to anything else for that matter – until we are certain that she is on the mend. We’re also trying to keep things in perspective – although she’s suffering a bit at the moment, at least she hasn’t hurt her head or broken a bone.
Easy for me to say, I suppose.