Frustratingly, Nordic walking and my daily 10,000 steps are on hold for the foreseeable future and rest, painkillers and ice packs are the order of the day. I twisted my knee when I went to London on Jan 24th and I've been hobbling about since then, finding it almost impossible to bear weight. My doctor thinks that the most likely diagnosis is a torn cartilage. I go back to see him in a couple of week, by which time he should have the results of the x-ray and will decide on the way forward. The x-ray won't confirm the tear but will provide information on the general state of my knee - there's a real possibility that it will also confirm the start of arthritis, which is expected from symptoms I've had for a while.
Luckily it's now half term so I have a whole week to prop my leg up and rest. Yesterday and today I've only moved to get food and drink or to use the bathroom. It's made some difference already as my knee now only hurts when I walk, but the pain goes when I sit still. Hopefully, a few days of this will see a change. The last thing I want is a surgical solution.
I've just received a text from a friend to say that the logistics for Wednesday and Thursday are sorted. We have theatre tickets for both days and I offered my tickets for one of her friends as I knew I wouldn't be able to drive to the city, park and walk to the theatre. She doesn't drive but has arranged for her son-in-law to drive us and drop us right outside the main entrance, then pick us up from the same place. She's also borrowed a wheelchair (!) so I will only have to walk along the row to get to my seat each time. That means less walking than I'd be doing at home so I'm going along with the plan. I'll still have from Friday till the following Tuesday to rest properly and then I'll have to make a decision on whether I need time off from teaching.
The problems with intermittent internet access are ongoing and it seems that some of the neighbours are having problems as well. The BT Openreach van has been in evidence over the past week but so far there's been no improvement. On top of that, Blogger seems to have a bug (it seems that lots of people are having this problem according to Google) and most days I can't view my blog, just an 'oops' screen. It also happens when I try to view other people's blogs as well, so I will have a lot of catching up to do at some stage.