Keep Calm And Carrion

I won’t dwell on the agonies of transferring myself, stiffened after an hour’s drive, from the car to our living room; adjusting to the different seating levels, and manoeuvring myself around the home yesterday evening. Two examples will suffice.

While Jackie was in the kitchen preparing wonderful scrambled egg on toast, I decided to rise from the old worn out Chesterfield sofa which was my favourite TV seat. When Jackie returned after twenty minutes she had to put the tray down and haul me up to the arm of the furniture. I was dripping with sweat, but that didn’t stop me relishing all my dinner.

The most frightening challenge had been ascending the stairs to bed. Having eventually summoned up the courage to give it a go, I surmounted these with comparative ease. Our bedroom is part of an extension added in the 1970s. There is a further step down into it, twice the depth of those on the stairs. Still using crutches, I fell down it, tottered forward and came to a standstill, realising that my replacement knee had twice taken all the weight, with no adverse effects.

This morning, we pondered how we might insert an intermediate step. Having provided me with coffee, Jackie wandered around the garden. Soon I was greeted by her smiling face beside a slab of concrete resting on her shoulder. Would that I could have snapped the moment. I was soon able to step on it and descend the stairs.

Concrete step

We will have to be satisfied with a photograph that the Maintenance Department produced later.

Derrick after knee op

Having given me a personal cleaning service Jackie felt I was really home once ensconced in my corner chair. Note that I am wearing my more familiar slippers.

I slept through most of the afternoon. Later, I really looked forward to my dinner of fish pie, carrots, peas, and green beans. It was eaten with considerable relish.


  1. Those fortunate enough to have never had a hospital stay can’t know how the simple comforts of home can seem positively hedonistic.

  2. Back to Jackie’s cooking–yay! That step looks like such a great idea. What a resourceful gal you have, Derrick!

      1. I sent it a little early Jackie, thinking the post has been so erratic lately and there, they went and delivered it super quick! Glad you like it and glad the Mr is home with you again xo

  3. Love that shirt: allways a fan of sassy word play. Clever of Jackie to make that step more accessible. I can’t believe you’re putting weight on the knee already (albeit unintentionally).I know you’re both glad to be home. Yay!

    1. Many thanks, Jodie. Walked across room with one crutch this morning. I wouldn’t have dared that had it not been for the accidental discovery

        1. I do need such attention, Jodie. No apologies needed. My friend, Norman once prevented me from carrying on working immediately after I had been attacked in my office πŸ™‚

  4. I can only imagine your relief at being home. Plus you don’t have to remember all the nurses and attendants names. Bonus!

  5. It’s good to see that you’re smiling in the photo, and you look comfortable. Clever of Jackie to come up with the intermediate step.

  6. Well done Derrick, there’s an old saying we used to have pinned up on our Football Club’s changerooms, there to read before we started training, “No Gain, Without Pain”, carrion my friend..

  7. You certainly seem to be enjoying yourself, and all the attention.. I noticed the soppy grin on your face 😈
    Are you planning on having the other knee done?

  8. It looks like you’re using ingenuity and determination. Best wishes for a successful discovery.

  9. I’m so sorry you fell but am equally glad it didn’t do any damage. And I’m thrilled that a solution to the step situation has been discobvered. It’s an all’s well that ends well scenario I pray. I love that you have such a wonderful sense of humor and always enjoy your posts my friend. Take care and continue to heal!!! Love and hugs, your somewhat sappy American friend, Natalie πŸ™‚ <3 xoxoxoxoxoxo

  10. Glad the worst is over and your on the mend – soon it will be a distant memory πŸ™‚
    Crutches are a challenge !!!!

  11. Your returning appetite must be a good sign, Derrick. Or perhaps that’s the effect that Jackie’s marvellous cooking has! πŸ™‚

    1. Actually, we are having small pre-cooked meals at the moment. I couldn’t eat more, and Jackie really has enough to do in the caring line, thus her cooking time is limited. So it is a good sign, Sandra πŸ™‚ Thanks very much

  12. My best wishes, Derrick! Hope you are adjusting the change after your surgery. That is very challenging… take care.

  13. Glad you’re on the mend. (If I seem familiar, you used to follow another blog of mine, that is now private.)

  14. What a resourceful wife you have, and a strong one! I think we humans overthink things most of the time. If we could turn our intelligence off we could mange all sorts of things quite easily. When we react to shock or surprise we do it without thinking. Your walking and putting weight on your new knee is a case in point.

  15. Take it easy both of you. I also wish you didn’t have to tackle those stairs but it seems you are up to it, despite the mishap. Take care, Mx

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