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Saturday, 27 October 2012
My friend Prue and I are off to Taranaki on Monday to the Taranaki Garden festival it was always the Rhododendron Festival but they have changed it and made it bigger and it now encompasses gardens as well.
There are 52 gardens and parks to visit so we are going to stay as long as it takes to do all ...well almost all. So could be gone 3 days or even more ... this retired life is just the greatest..Wheeee.!!
Prue has a couple of friends to look up as she used to live in the area.
There is also a Fringe Festival of gardens ... so we may well have to check that out as well... who knows.
So hopefully the weather will be good to us
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Ring of Fire
NZ is on the end of large purple patch, bottom of picture
just south east of Australia with the 2 large rings over it.
Oh!!oh!! we had a rather large Earth Quake yesterday 5.5. ... it was freaky !! to say the least .
I have experienced quite a few since living in NZ but this one did the trick, gave me quite the jitters inside.... the building we were in did a double flip flop and continued to shudder for a good 2 or 3 minutes .... I was at Embroidery Guild with quite a few other ladies ... the look of shock on our faces must have been one of horror and disbelief.
The main movement took place just far to close for comfort ... 10 kms north of Taupo at a depth of 108 kms ... the scary bit is Taupo is just 1 hour south of Rotorua. But I guess we except most of them ... living on the Ring of Fire with 2 fault lines through the centre of our Islands what more can one expect.
Arriving home later there were a few signs of movement pictures askew, and the cat seemed a bit skittish and would not settle ... I wonder if they are affected by them and do they sense danger like dogs do ?
All is quiet today except for the thundering rain and wind.... but the new plants are happily settling in and look perky.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
So my leg and ankle ...
All is going well and I am now allowed to walk unaided with out sticks or crutches and for a small while each day to walk with no boot on, progressing to longer periods each day as the next 2 weeks go by .. The hairline fracture will heal on it's own fairly quickly ... the ankle will take a bit longer but the main thing is to keep it moving so it does not wither around the muscles and get weak .... still have to keep leg elevated when sitting where possible to get rid of swelling ..... they reckon 2 weeks and boot should be a thing of the past ... as long as I am careful...... Wheeeee!!!!!
Hospital suggested good strong shoes are going to be the order of the day for awhile ... good trainers were the best ...that's good as I have some !!
Thank you everyone for the good wishes and emails and cards etc.
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Good morning from here, the sun is trying to shine and I am trying to smile ... I am achieving it okay
But on Thursday it was a slightly different matter, I had a lovely morning tea with a group of ladies from Inner Wheel then went off to tutor the Arthritis Hot Water exercise class..... all was going "swimmingly " no pun intended .... when I slipped down the last 2 steps of a short flight of steps ... amazingly in slow motion. I landed at the bottom with my left leg a bit crumpled under me ... yes it was an OUCH !! moment.
Upshot of it all ..... a bit of a mangled ankle and a hairline fracture of the lower leg just above the ankle ... luckily was not the ankle it's self.
So after a hospital visit I returned home with a cast on ... but had to return next day when I had to see a Consultant and a new cast to be put on when hopefully some of the swelling would have subsided.
Saw a nice Orthopod man and he said " Not a bad fracture one of those ones they can not see on xrays very well" ...Phew !! relief flooded over me ... so a cast for 7 days then more xrays was the order of the day.
So off to the Plaster room. The Plaster Man "Mike" said he thought a full cast on my leg was just a bit over the top in his mind .... so he went off to talk to the Consultant again ... Whee !! he convinced him a Moon Boot with the metal sides would work just as well.
First time I had ever met Mike but love him to bits already........ But then I guess he is an expert on casts and boots etc. Probably more than the Orthopedic Consultant who really only knows about the bones side of things.
So here I am with this elegant black boot up to the knee, but at least I can remove it to shower and take it off at night in bed .... so much more comfortable.
Photo ... This not actually a picture of my legs .... but gee I wish they were mine they are obviously about 30 yrs younger than mine ... it is just a picture to show the very elegant type of boot I have on.
My Grandsons have been my gardian angels for the last couple of days will tell you all about that tomorrow.