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Canal Collection 4/4

Shardlow, on the Trent and Mersey Canal, is still very busy with plenty of narrow boats moored up and old buildings and wharfs on the canal side. I toned this one to give it an appearance of age, I think it has worked. 

At the turn of the year a quick update on Maureen and her Hip Replacement. Since the operation she has made steady, if somewhat slow, progress and is now walking with a stick rather than a crutch, although round the house, and certain other places, but not in the street, she now walks without any aids at all, which is good. Her leg is taking a long time to get enough mobility for her to be able to drive as she needs it to work the clutch pedal properly and so I am still driving us about where we live, but not anywhere out of town. In case you are not aware I suffer from balance problems occasionally which is why Maureen is the main driver in our household. After 8 weeks she saw her consultant who says all is going well, but only at that time did he refer her to the physiotherapist at our local hospital and she is now doing the exercises she should have been doing all along. She will now go back to see him again in May and they will then discuss when she might consider having the other hip done.  Hopefully this all means come 11th.May we shall be able to meet old friends and new somewhere down in the West Midlands.

 

Canal Collection 4/4

Shardlow, on the Trent and Mersey Canal, is still very busy with plenty of narrow boats moored up and old buildings and wharfs on the canal side. I toned this one to give it an appearance of age, I think it has worked. 

At the turn of the year a quick update on Maureen and her Hip Replacement. Since the operation she has made steady, if somewhat slow, progress and is now walking with a stick rather than a crutch, although round the house, and certain other places, but not in the street, she now walks without any aids at all, which is good. Her leg is taking a long time to get enough mobility for her to be able to drive as she needs it to work the clutch pedal properly and so I am still driving us about where we live, but not anywhere out of town. In case you are not aware I suffer from balance problems occasionally which is why Maureen is the main driver in our household. After 8 weeks she saw her consultant who says all is going well, but only at that time did he refer her to the physiotherapist at our local hospital and she is now doing the exercises she should have been doing all along. She will now go back to see him again in May and they will then discuss when she might consider having the other hip done.  Hopefully this all means come 11th.May we shall be able to meet old friends and new somewhere down in the West Midlands.

 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Dec 2013, 03:42
Gorgeous shot, Brian.

Thanks for the update, as I was wondering how things were going.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, and there is a nice eating place just to the left of where I took this.
It has worked very well, Brian! I like it!
I'm sorry that they've only now referred Maureen for physical therapy. It is standard, here anyway, to begin as soon as possible. I hope it will be helpful to her.
The upside I suppose is that we'll get to meet you in May!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. She did do some physio she was shown at the hospital before leaving but seeing an actual practitioner makes a lot of difference to what she is doing now, and how she is doing it.
Pleased to hear Maureen is making progress. Have you considered changing to an automatic? I hope you can make May
Brian Walbey: An automatic would be handy just now, but not when she has her right hip done, perhaps I'll save the money. We need rear bumper repairs at the moment so I couldn't sell our car anyway, Maureen could explain how that happened smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Dec 2013, 08:00
Nice picture Brian: I like the sepia toning. Hopefully Maureen will be able to get the other hip done successfully in 2014 and we will be able to see you both in May
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris. She is obviously not looking forward to the other hip being done, she really is more concerned with getting driving again at the moment.
  • Alan
  • West Burton, near the North Pole.
  • 31 Dec 2013, 08:42
Yes, the toning has worked well and it just needs a few wizened boatmen with flat hats to complete the scene.

Good news about Maureen but it must be frustrating for her as I'm sure she's keen to get out and about again without any issues. Because of sciatic issues affecting my left leg, I may consider getting an automatic next time.

I'm coming back from the Lake District on 10th May and have already booked a hotel near Cosford to I can at last get to an "all hands" meet.
Brian Walbey: There is quite a nice eating house not far from here called the Clock Warehouse, right next to the canal and a lock. Sorry to hear about your leg, I guess all your walking and cycling over the years might have taken its toll. We do hope to be there in May, and it would be great to see you again. nearer the time we might arrange a long weekend somewhere in that area and make a short break of it.
cool sepia
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 31 Dec 2013, 09:45
That is why I kept questioning you about physio as it is standard to begin immediately after the replacement here. Tell her to work really hard for best results.

I like this shot very much.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary. She was shown some exercises whilst in hospital but was then left to her own devices once discharged. Seeing a Physio at long last means those exercises have been refined and adapted to be of more use, and she is checked up on a regular basis at our local hospital.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Dec 2013, 09:57
In this case I can well imagine your first wishes for the new year! God may bless you both!
It is a lovely, old merry English location you captured in a beautifully treated way!
I hope to see such English scenes in 2014 and I hope to see some of the SC'rs in June and July. Dear Lisl has invited me into her house.
Brian Walbey: This is a very nice canalside spot Philine, with a nice eating house not very far away that we go to quite often. I'm pleased to hear you are coming over to stay with Lisl in the Summer, what a shame you will miss the get together in May though, I'm sure a lot of us would love to meet you, I know we would, one day perhaps.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 31 Dec 2013, 10:44
Fingers crossed over Maureen's improvement Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, typical Leicester General though, read this sheet of paper and do those exercises when you get home. At least she is now seeing a Physio at Loughborough hospital regularly which is a great help.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Dec 2013, 10:55
Good news on Maureen, Brian, but not good that she didn't get physiotherapy from the beginning
Brian Walbey: Thanks Lisl. She was shown some exercises in hospital and then left to her own devices. Now she is seeing the Physio at Loughborough the exercises can be tailerd to her needs and her progress can be properly checked.
Superb Brian! I love these narrow boats.
Thank you for the update about Maureen who seems to recover slowly but surely.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
Very nice image & post as usual Brian. I wish you and yr family all the best fr 2014. Greetings!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Juan Carlos, and a Happy New Year to you and yours also.

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