I slept. It wasn’t great, but with arm on a pillow, it was doable. I was up at 6.30 and everybody made it out, and after that, there were two hours extra kip. I’m taking paracetamol, nothing stronger. There’s a bag of frozen onions doing sterling work as an icepack in 30-minute bursts, and the swelling is going down. The biggest problem right now is wrists and thumbs.
So much of life is around digit and wrist mobility: opening and closing stuff, gathering up my hair, putting on clothes. This next week will be an education and is gonna end up in a fiction at some point, because all of this is good practical research. Now all I need is actual movement back, and we’re golden. Even without the painkillers, it’s less stressful than yesterday.
Let’s hope everything keeps improving.
Two cars today, involved in an accident about six miles away, have effectively swallowed my morning. As we live very close to the main road between here and London, anything that happens on that inevitably grinds all traffic to a halt. Coming back from dropping off the youngest I abandoned the car in a side road so I could avoid the traffic, pop home for a wee and my handbag, before making my way to the Opticians round a less travelled path. I even had the foresight to phone ahead and tell them I’d be late, which I was. I now have a vital second pair of glasses on order. My eyesight hasn’t deteriorated, I just need the help a bit more now it is darker earlier and I’m driving more.
Yes, it’s another security blanket, and that’s just fine.
Once I’ve organised everything that needs to be done and have ensured my scheduling’s all complete… I can finally start on getting Christmas gifts finished and packed, ready to be sent. Somewhat optimistically I have given myself five days to do all of this (including the family’s gifts) so I can concentrate on writing projects running up to Christmas. I still think it’s doable: I might be a bit knackered by the end of it but that’s going to remain the objective right until it appears I’m ‘aving a laff.
For now I’ll be on hold with an operator ^^