1 EAGLETON NOTES: Rather A Good Day

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Rather A Good Day

Today has been by far the warmest day this year in this little piece of paradise: 20℃ and hardly a breath of wind and no midges!  

I woke at 0420 and was astonished to hear something I've rarely heard before here in Eagleton: a dawn chorus. I accept that it was fairly limited but there was a blackbird and quite a few other songbirds welcoming the new day.

Pat and Dave took my car and me into town this morning. Then they dropped me at The Woodlands whilst they took Briagha for a walk in the Lews Castle Grounds before joining me for a coffee. 

Photo by Dave of Briagha in the Harbour
It was so warm and wonderful this afternoon I decided to start planting seeds in pots to put in the mini greenhouse propagator. I'd not got far when Gaz and Carol turned up. Gaz fresh from his 81 mile Caledonian Etape cycle race yesterday in the Pitlochry area of the Highlands where he had come in the top 12% with a time of 4:06:12. He raised a very respectable sum for the Marie Curie Cancer Foundation in memory of his brother Andrew who died of the disease 10 years ago.

We sat outside in the warmth unable to believe our good fortune and musing on summers past and what this summer might be like. More 20 degree days would be very welcome. We saw a Cuckoo being chased by some smaller birds and then heard it calling for the rest of the afternoon. We drank in the Skylarks singing their hearts out.

It's three weeks since I had my knee replaced. It's doing very well indeed. The exercises are quite demanding but I don't need (but do use when outside) a walking stick and I'm off all pain killers. The knee is healing and therefore tightening so it's exceptionally important that the exercises are done properly and frequently

With staples in
Two weeks and staples removed
Today: three weeks and healing well

22 comments:

  1. It looks really good but where is the grease nipple?

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  2. Wow ~ the body is an incredible thing to heal as it does.

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  3. What did they replace it with? Stainless steel, plastic? It does look like a very serious op'.

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    1. Cro it's a pretty big op: more complex and brutal, apparently, than a hip replacement. There's certainly a lot of noise and hammering (I had an epidural). I think the replacement is titanium and plastic. Hopefully it will see me out.

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  4. Those long scars really impress me! Ha! Ha! I once took a friend to get his stitches out. I was in a whole waiting room with knee replacement patients. They were all laughing. they were very happy with their new knees and no pain.

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    1. Red they use stainless steel staples these days: in this case 34 of them. Joint replacement is pretty common now and must be life-altering for many many people.

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  5. Nice to see how the knee is healing up. Isn't the human body amazing? (...Now I see I have said pretty much the same thing as Carol)

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  6. Never thought I'd see the day when I admired your knees, even if only one of them. But that is a very impressive knee you have there. On your way to being the Outer Hebrides answer to the bionic man. It's amazing how quickly it has healed. You would be an inspiration to future knee transplantees. Happy days!

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    1. You're right Pauline my knees have never been things to write home about although, being bandy-legged, they had been the cause of comment since my childhood. However, and here a thing, when I was at the hospital yesterday doing a 'walking test' my knees are no longer bandy and I'm no longer pigeon-toed. There's a bonus!

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  7. Say hello to Pat and Dave for me! Well done, Gaz, on his cycle time!
    Looks like it is healing quickly. I just glanced up and I see others have said the same thing too! We are just so dang glad you are better. :-)

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    1. I shall indeed, Kay. Thank you on behalf of Gaz. Let's be honest: there's not much original one can say about a few knee pictures is there?

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  8. Happy for your that the knee is healing well - and that you get to enjoy some nice weather as well. Hare, spring took a leap straight into summer and things are happening so fast in nature that it's hard to keep up.

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    1. Thanks Monica. It's the same here with another beautiful day and almost as warm temperatures (nearly 20℃) despite the wind now coming from the North.

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    1. Thanks Andrea I'll be dancing in the streets shortly.

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  10. Admittedly, I scrolled past the knee pictures quickly because I am nit very good at looking at wounds and scars and so in... Anyway, it is great to know your picture book healing process continues. Wishing you many more such pleasant days!

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    1. I'm sorry about that Meike. I feel detached from the pictures actually.

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  11. Like Librarian, I scrolled quickly too...I wasn't prepared for the photos when I opened your post, but then I was able to see how nice your knee is coming along...so happy for you.

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    1. I think I should have put a warning on the post Virginia.

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