It's ages since I last wrote and Christmas and the New Year have been and gone. We had a lovely day at Graham and Erica's house for Boxing Day. Most of the family were there. We missed Linda and Family who were having their own celebration in US. The first Christmas I had ever spent without seeing Linda - aarh. Our New Year was spent in the Hilton at St George's Park, Burton on Trent with just Ted and Pat for company. Ron and I loved the hotel, Ted and Pat hated it - just goes to show horses for courses.
We had a good night with Area 33 at their Christmas celebration and we won the hamper in the raffle.
As I mentioned our physio was off duty over Christmas and we had our first appointment of 2017 around the third week of January. Up to then we had been doing Ron's exercises almost every day apart from those times when we went out. However on was having one of his bouts of tiredness when she came and as usual he mentioned it to her and she suggested that if he was tired he should rest, listen to his body and not do the exercises until he was not tired. In my opinion this was not the right thing for Ron at this times because he took the rest of the week off and the consequence of this is that he has gone back in fitness and capability - I think he has lost almost a year. He now gets tired out after his usual exercises and he is not able to walk more than a few steps when we are out, previously he would walk into a restaurant but now he drives his scooter in. The physio has written to our GP and we need to make an appointment to discuss this. Ron just seems to have completely lost his confidence and his fitness. We have had several instances when he has frozen which he has not done for ages.
I am very distressed about this but I can't let my feelings show. The past few days Ron is trying to do his exercises every day and hopefully this will help but I fear that all his muscles have become weak even his good working ones.
Ron does not appear to be depressed and we are sticking to our resolutions to have a day out each week. We have been to the cinema twice to see Lion and Hidden Figures both of which we thoroughly enjoyed and we have been out for meals. This week we went to a garden centre, shopped for some new shoes for Ron and also had lunch out.
We have received some good news as Ron is now getting the higher rate of benefit. At least now this covers the cost of the physio.
We will both be pleased when the better weather arrives as it is easier to have a walk outside when the sun is shining and Ron is able to sit outside and watch the fish. Plus when it is warmer it is easier to visit people and we can sit in their garden if the house is difficult to access.
I am able to get out to my clubs and I have booked a couple of coach trips for later in the year.
I hope the next time I write it will be with better news.