On a bright, crisp, morning I set off for the woodland walk. No sooner had I entered the brassica field than the sky rapidly darkened and a biting hailstorm hit. In order to protect my face I turned my back on it and stood, like the scarecrow Worzel Gummidge, on the soggy footpath. I felt as if I had been transported to the Dragstrip Ear Piercing Studio in Bitterne, and fled for shelter in the defunct phone box. The missing window rendered this less than totally effective. My ears, incidentally, are not as pretty as the one in the picture before it became bejewelled.
When the storm abated I walked back home.
Jackie’s Modus was repaired by Downton Service Station today in time for her to drive me to Lymington Hospital to keep an appointment with a consultant about my Dupuytren’s contracture. The car’s problem was an ignition coil and spark plug that needed replacing. My repair will take a little longer. The hand needs surgery in the form of a fasciectomy which, according to the website of Mr. Simon Richards who examined it, is:
‘Fasciectomy – Correction is obtained by removal of the fascia to the affected finger. The wound is stitched up in a zig-zag manner, but occasionally an area is left open to heal by itself (open-palm technique). This is the most common surgical option.’
Waiting time for the operation is 2/3 months.
We dined this evening on Jackie’s luscious lamb jafrezi (recipe); egg fried rice that any self-respecting restaurateur would be proud to place on the menu as special fried rice; onion bajis and samosas. We both drank Kingfisher.
My that is quite a bedazzled ear. Hope the surgery returns your hand to 100%.
I’m sure it will be fine, thank you seedbud
I haven’t heard of that before – but by studying your hand photo could see what it might be……. Hope the three month wait goes smoothly and your hand is as easily repaired as Jackie’s car!
Thank you Pauline. It’s going to be fine
Hope your hand does not give too much trouble. Just wanted to mention that we live in the land of Kingfisher, which is a Bangalore based brewery.
Thank you. The hand is just a bit awkward as the little finger won’t straighten properly. Kingfisher is mu favourite with a curry.
My thoughts are entirely selfish: if you have hand surgery, we may have to miss your posts till you can type again. I hope the surgery goes quickly and the healing is smooth. I like your photo of the hailstorm from inside the phone booth.
Thank you Crystal. I’ll still have my right hand, and as a former marathon runner I don’t give up easily. 🙂 >
I’m with Crystal on this one. It would be strange not read you everyday. 🙂 I suppose it’s not painful or else there wouldn’t be such a long wait for the surgery. I have to say though, that what you have has a very fancy name.
Thank you Sam. I don’t intend to stop 🙂
I want you to get well fast..Its not easy nd hope there is no pain as you have to wait for 3 months for the surgery.If there is pain then medicine for such a long period is not good. it has its own side effects. 🙁
Thank you Sujata. There is no pain. It is just a bit awkward, and not apparently that unusual. Even our garage owner has one! It has taken six years to develop to this stage.
We too have found the weather is being rather capricious just lately – sun one moment and raging blizzard the next! Useful that the phone box was still there. I hope your hand surgery goes well.
Thank you SueBee
Now I know what you’ve been through, Derrick. I hope the recovery will be 100%.
Thank you Mary
If you need a hand, just call.
Many thanks, Candice. I’m the only person in my family with the affliction. I think I was hampered for a couple of months. The little finger has never quite straightened, but at least it has stopped curling into the palm. I ran 18 marathons and 25,000 miles on the roads between 40 and 50. I don’t think we have any Viking blood. 🙂
Gosh, so that’s odd isn’t it, to be the only one in the family to be affected? I do know it can be caused my alcohol that may be the case in my mother’s case, she cannot play the piano the finger (little) is so bent now, it looks odd, but she won’t have the surgery I told her she ought to but you know how some people just avoid surgeries no matter what, I’m glad you did because it sounds like it really worked out for you. Good grief you did 18 marathons, I take my hat off to you! Incredible! I expect this puts you in good stead to live a healthy rest of your life, can’t beat running, hope you didn’t bugger up your knees. No Viking blood? I have to change the name then … sigh I was growing accustomed to it!
I’m afraid my knees are buggered, and I had a new hip seven years ago. Then, arthritis does run in the family. On the other hand I also played rugby (second row forward) and cricket (fast bowler) until age 45, so perhaps its not all that surprising. Never mind – I’d do it all again
Running tends to bugger the knees doesn’t it? But then again not running is probably worse than buggered knees. Arthritis doesn’t help does it? My dad loved Rugby, you were such a sporty-man, that’s great, I think that’s something people neglect these days. I was a gymnastic type and dance, more than anything although I liked football (of course!). The best attitude is that you would do it all again I try very hard to embrace that also! xo HUGS
Must be a family thing, I have the ugly finger.. (Dupuytren)
Seeing a Surgeon at Sloan Kettering, in NY. on 1/18/18. I’ll update you.
Has your surgery be done to your hand?
Hello, Jane. Yes. I had the surgery. Mostly fine, but mid-joint on little finger now rigid. I wish you well with yours. Love, Derrick
Ouch! I’m glad the surgery was a success. I’ve always thought you to be quite “hand”some. ? Forgive my corny jokes this morning — they’re my new year’s resolution.
That one I can live with, Rose. 🙂 Many thanks