I interrupt my usual blogging with a bit of reflection. It's about nine days since I went over my ankle on some wobbly paving - such a simple thing, but one which makes you realise just how much we take our mobility for granted. Knowing some people who hobbled home in the hope that it was 'just a sprain', only to find days later that they had in fact broken a bone, I thought it best to go straight to A&E...One plaster of Paris cast later, I am sent home with instructions to rest up to let some swelling go down and come back in two days.
"No putting weight on it for at least four weeks," says the boss man two days later, "come back and see us at the beginning of December. We'll put you in a full cast today." I chose a rather royal shade of purple; I could have had red, white, blue, black, green or orange (very popular for Halloween by all accounts).
"Elevate it as much as possible above the hip, like this." (nurse demonstrates, bum forward in chair with ankle at nose level). Crikey, that's going to make using the una corda pedal a bit difficult, I thought.
Not just the 'soft' pedal, either. It requires so much forethought before: getting up, moving to door, opening door, loo, washing hands, drying hands, getting back to chair. As a teacher with pupils looking forward to exams in the next three weeks, there's the additional nightmare of accessing files and resources, and ensuring my leg is resting while teaching - at the requisite angle? Ha! My husband has become an unpaid employee too, bless 'im, not only general housekeeper/nurse/cook and bottle washer, but also doorman to the stars, who are having unscheduled lessons in independent learning.
I'd like to meet the person who invented elbow crutches. We spend so much time advising pupils about not creating tension in the fingers, hands, wrists, forearms and shoulders. Hobbling around on these instruments of torture, it's all I can do to keep upright! I'm sure callouses are developing already...
Today is the day when some of my youngest pupils come. Their bright-eyed and cheerful approach will be a welcome tonic.
Here's hoping that 'normal' service will be resumed sooner rather than later!