Unplanned delay to the second part of the Paper-clay "slep-by-step", as I have been laid up in bed on heavy medication for sciatica (or whatever this is). I had quite a bad fall in early December, and really hurt my back and ankle, thought I had broken it at first. I fell over a big heavy metal heater and got my foot/ankle trapped in a bar as it tipped and fell over, so couldn't actually fall to the floor and remained suspended by my left arm and right ankle in a very awkward position for a few minutes until someone came and helped me back up. My ankle and back have felt very odd ever since, but it just seemed to be swollen and badly bruised and I was able to walk on it for the intervening weeks. Every now and then my ankle would suddenly give way and I'd fall and the swelling would get worse, but it didn't seem worthy of a trip to the doctors. I've spent too much time in waiting rooms over the last few years. Another hour wasted with sneezing people for a few hallowed minutes of disinterest with a GP who is too busy planning their holidays to even look me in the eye. What is the point? I did ring the surgery to ask for painkillers and got rang back to tell me to use the ones I take for my arthritis.
On Christmas morning I woke with a terrible headache and back pain and my ankle swollen again, couldn't put my weight on it at all (I know you have this image of an old lady in your head but I'm just in my 40's, honest!). It has continued to get worse over the Christmas break until now I find it very hard to move my right lower body and my left arm. I can't lift either arm above shoulder height. Getting dressed/undressed is just too difficult! Once I am stood and have something to take my weight I am not too bad, just in pain, but getting from a lying or sitting position to standing and back again, well that's incredibly painful and something I really need help with and to psyche myself up for. I think this is all from that fall, but my doctor, who no longer does house calls unless it's an emergency (the house is not on fire, someone checked for me!) has decreed yet more arthritic joint deterioration and who am I to argue... someone who never went to medical school, obviously! I do wonder at the medical profession and my doctor in particular though, shouldn't diagnosis by performed face to face?
Will do second part of my tutorial as soon as I am able. If the learned one is right then I should get some movement back sporadically and will just have to stare at the ceiling until then. Thank heavens my Mac is on a wheely table and the keyboard is wireless!