DIARY OF A BACK PAIN SUFFERER DURING THE SUMMER OF COVID-19…
The months seem to be flying by now even though life is far from back to normal. The roads are busier and public footpaths full of walkers and cyclists keen to start the latest way to keep fit.
Fortunately, we have so many walks close to us in the scenic countryside that sometimes we do not see a single sole on our walk. The beaches in Brighton are also busy full of families with their young ones enjoying the lovely sunny weather we are having this summer. I was keen to take my granddaughter to the beach with us but all the beaches in West Sussex are pebble beaches which are not suitable for a one-year-old. We love taking our foldable chairs and enjoy people watching for hours. We love to sit outside but it is only comfortable under an umbrella so we have decided to have a verandah built so we can be outside a lot more. [
I really miss my birds outside which my previous garden was full of. We used to live in the middle of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire before we moved down south, and our garden was full of trees and lots of wildlife. I had nest boxes dotted around and a small pond where I had a regular frog who seemed to produce lots of tadpoles on a yearly basis.
I made lots of quiet corners for my birds and had feeders left, right and centre. Our extremely friendly robin was always around when we went outside, and a couple of squirrels were also regular visitors. Our house in Sussex is a new house so we have no established trees yet but that has not stopped me spending a fortune on different products to attract the birds. So far, not very successfully but maybe next year now we have a couple of trees in it.
It was my granddaughter’s 1st birthday in August, and I finished a handmade sensory book for her which was made from felt and filled with items and activities to keep her stimulated. They love different textures, small tasks like a zip or a button. Touchy, feely things like feathers, ribbons, lace and Velcro. I loved making it for her and the surprised faces on both my daughter and son-in-law when they opened the present.
During August, my health seemed to make a bit of a dip with my lower back pain getting worse and worse and lying on my side becoming more and more uncomfortable. I also found out that a recent bone scan showed I had Osteopenia (weak but not brittle bones) and so I was asked to contact my GP about some medication they wanted me to go on. While chatting to my GP I mentioned my more recent hip pains and she asked to check me over and decided she thought I was suffering from bursitis and sent me to see a hip specialist.
When I approached the hospital for my appointment it was quite different from normal with a man at the door waiting to take your temperate and ask you lots of questions. I then had to wash my hands and put on one of their own masks and sign in at the reception. I was then sent straight for an Xray which I was given fully clothed so I did not need the use of a changing room. The outside seating area was such that you sat distanced apart and the hip specialist also greeted me with a mask on. It felt surreal but put me at my ease.
It still amazes me that from September onwards some stores start showing Christmas products, but this just prompted me to think of things I could make as gifts and to buy blank cards so that I could make all my own Christmas cards this year.
I felt sure I had enough wool to at least produce a scarf, so I soon had one knitted. As the nights were drawing in, I got more and more into my knitting and made a small blanket for my granddaughter’s buggy for when she comes over to see me. It was made from this amazing wool which feels so soft to touch that you just want to fiddle with it.
Out of the blue in early November we had a phone call from the company who were making our outside verandah saying it was nearly finished and would be fitted in a couple of weeks’ time. Just thinking about how I could create a warm, cosy ambiance outside that we could use during the winter as well as the summer kept me awake a couple of nights.
I wanted it to be warm enough with a cuppa and a throw to be able to sit outside on a dry day no matter what time of year, so my next project was knitting some cosy throws. I decided to use up all my old wool and knit them into squares. It worked a treat, and I could not wait to be able to use them sitting with warm socks and a cosy throw across my legs.
I am getting so excited about our room outside I just cannot wait to have it built. You will have to wait until my next post to see how it all turned out and to see the Santa’s grotto we plan for our granddaughter.
Happy and healthy New Year to all my readers and stay safe as possible until we are well and truly on top of this awful virus. Christmas is just a day, we can celebrate it any time.