The post Christmas post

I was very lucky because I had a really nice Christmas. I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my family and friends. There was lots of quality time spent together, lots of good food eaten, and lots of good films watched. I am grateful for all of these things.

As usual, my family and friends were also very kind to me, and gave me lots of lovely gifts that I can enjoy. Some of them could prove very useful to me in helping me stay warm, manage aches and pains, and maybe help me to be more independent too. These included a foot massager, a mini massager type thing that I could use on my legs or shoulders when they get stiff or achy, and a microwave oven that might help me become more independent in the kitchen. I’m very excited about that especially. I’d love to be able to cook more, but I think a lot of you know that by now.

Of course, there were also lots of nice warm socks and big thick jumpers to wear over pyjamas that would help me keep warm.

I’ll blog about all of these things as I use them and let you know how useful I find them all.

Now, at this time of year, I start to look at the 12 months ahead and what I can do to try and make myself a better person during that time. For the last couple of years, I haven’t actually bothered making any New Year’s resolutions because I haven’t been great at keeping them, but I think I might try again this time around. I’m still having a think about what these might be, but I guess I’d better hurry up and decide.

It’s also my birthday later on this week, and then the day after that I’m off to physio for a review on how my new splints are working out for me. It’s going to be another busy week here, but I like being busy.

I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve tomorrow, and a very happy new year. I’ll let you know if I decide to make any resolutions or not.

Wrapping Christmas gifts

Yesterday I finally managed to finish my Christmas shopping. Well, I say I have, but I’ll probably think of something that I’ve forgotten over the next couple of days and have to get that too.

My boyfriend was a huge help and we went and got most of the things while I was in my wheelchair so that I didn’t have to battle with the crowds or try to carry everything. I bought him lunch as a thank you so I didn’t feel as bad about him having to push everything back to my house in the rain.

All that I have left to do now is buy and write cards, do wrapping, and buy decorations for my walking frame Martha. The first and last things I’m looking forward to, but I really, really suck at the wrapping gifts part.

Because  I sometimes struggle to do certain things with my left hand and arm , this is not an easy task for me. I try and do most of it only using my right hand, but it’s still tough.

I find it really hard to cut the paper, fold it all up, and hold it in place while I put sticky tape all over it. When I try to do this for myself, the paper ends up so loose that whatever is inside ends up rattling about, and there’s always so much tape on them that no one can get into it…

There have been many occasions when I’ve actually managed to get the tape in my hair instead. Getting it out again isn’t as easy as I thought it might be. I don’t recommend it.

I always amaze myself at just how much I manage to make a mess of it, because sometimes I’ll have a go at doing one or two, just to see if I’ve improved any of the last time I tried it. You’d think that I’d have started to get a bit better at it, but I don’t. My efforts seem to just get worse each time, even with using a tape dispenser, or a paper-cutter thing instead of scissors. Sometimes, I end up ripping it halfway through and have to start again.

Usually, one of my friends will kindly help me to do my boyfriends things, and he or my mum will give me a hand with the rest so that all I have to do is hold bits down and write the gift tags. Last year my sister lent a hand too.

Do any of you have any hints or tips?

How time flies!

It really does seem like time flies by these days.

I’ve had my serial casting pots on for four weeks now and it’s passed very quickly, which I’m going to say is a good thing.

I’m still not sure when they’re going to be coming off yet, that will all depend on when my new splints arrive, and when the splints ( AKA orthotics department) can fit me in at a time that suits them both. I don’t mind being in the casts for as long as it takes, but I won’t deny that I’m looking forward to them coming off.

As I’m sitting here typing this, I have an itch on my left leg that is just under the pot and just out of reach. It’s been here for a couple of minutes now, and because I’m writing about it, it’s making it seem worse. So I think I’ll talk about something different…

So, anyway, (she says, trying hard to focus on the keyboard and nothing else), I’ve had this current pair of casts on for two weeks and no one has signed them this time. They have been sort of customised by accident though because they are covered in bits of fluff from the slipper socks that I’ve been wearing to keep my feet warm. The bits close to my toes and heels are starting to go pink and black, which kind of makes me smile. I’m pretty sure someone will come at them with a marker pen before too long, though.

Speaking of decorating, I’m already thinking of how I can cover Martha in trimmings for Christmas this year. I was talking to mum about this earlier today and she has a few ideas too, so between us we might be able to come up with some form of festive fun for my walking frame.

If you have any suggestions for things that you think might look good and are fairly easy/cheap that I could try, feel free to suggest and I’ll see if I can incorporate any of them.