Life, photos but not the universe

I’m a little bit out of sorts

Since emerging from the space washing machine thingie* I’ve been given lots of appointments and letters, all amounting to not very much – so far.  It’s taken me twenty years to get round to whinging at the Doctors about my back because of a guilty feeling that it was all my fault – something to do with Mum and Dad making me stand with my back pressed against the wall when I was little (because I slouched dreadfully – even then), which didn’t improve my posture at all but felt like a punishment! **

The short of it is, I might have osteoporosis, I might have some compression fractures in my spine and I might need to be taking some tablets for it or, I might just have wear and tear and a bent spine.

I’ve seen a consultant, several doctors, a spinal assessment physiotherapist and a regular physiotherapist.  Oh and I’ve had an MRI scan and an Xray.

I now have two appointments for a bone density scan (slight crossing of lines there between some of the above but I only need to attend one of them).  I also have an open ended arrangement to attend physio if I need to after they’ve decided whether I’ve got anything and what they plan to do about it.  And I must say, lots of people have plenty to complain about but I’m quite impressed with the NHS so far.  The letters and appointments keep coming, quite quickly and they’ve all been very helpful and thoughtful.  There’s a change in the way they approach people these days it seems to me – they actually believe you when you say there’s something wrong and look for it.  Or maybe the change is in me!

Still, it’s quite possible that after they’ve done all the scans and tests they might say, sorry, there’s nothing we can do – it’s all your fault!  So, while I’m waiting for all these people to give me information, I looked up all the Alexander Technique*** teachers in the area and blow me if there aren’t three just down the road from where Mrs Middle lives.  And one of them, who seems to have extremely good posture himself****, only charges £20 a session.  So that’s going to be my next line of attack especially if they decide it’s just wear and tear.  After all, I’ve put up with it for a long time but now I’ve made a stand I might as well try everything.

Anyway, a good laugh cures all.  I was idly reading the Radio Times this morning and in an article about One man and his Dog was astonished to learn that “…the modern pentathlon (shooting, fencing, swimming, running and show jumping) is designed to reflect the average commuter’s daily journey to work.”  A delightful, pythonesque vision floated through my head of commuters thundering by on their horses, leaping traffic jams, whisking foils from their umbrellas and briefcases as they approach queues before plunging into the Thames under fire from snipers and finally, running triumphant, through the doors of their places of work.  A case of computer game overdose maybe?

Last week, I stopped on the way home from Oxford and caught a bit of evening light

And ages ago, I went for a not quite early enough walk in the woods.

though if the sun had been much lower there wouldn’t have been shadows like these

And maybe the cat wouldn’t have been up yet.

Tomorrow I plan to go off for another early morning trip.  Perhaps this time I’ll see windows and sarsen stones.

Oh, well actually, tomorrow I’m going to have my bones scanned and coffee with Tim, guitarist and banker extraordinaire.  I already did the early morning and it was pretty good, though too early for sarsen stones – more of that another day.

*MRI scan.

**I’ve always been contrary.  The mere suggestion that I ought to do something causes a whole story, of how and why I probably won’t do it, to flit through my head.

***I’ve had Alexander technique lessons before and they were rather nice and quite effective.  Unfortunately it also used to be very expensive and my teacher (who charged a tiny amount because he didn’t need to make a living from it and just wanted to teach) moved away.  

****Nice photo on his website : )


September 19, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Oh, I love the Pythonesque Pentathlon! 🙂

    Comment by dinahmow | September 20, 2012 | Reply

  2. Hmmmmm backs are the very devil when they hurt, did you feel claustrophobic in the MRI tubey job? I had a couple of AT sessions and they were lovely, but as you say expensive and you have to learn to think in that way don’t you? Thinking I always find is the troublesome aspect. I’m so sorry to hear that your back has slipped off the straight and upright and is causing you pain. The NHS do seem to be doing the right things though don’t they? I hope they can find the cause and then nail things back in place for you, otherwise I read somewhere that standing with your back pressed against a wall is supposed to keep the wall in place and small girls out of trouble. You could try that, no?

    Comment by Zig | September 20, 2012 | Reply

  3. Shhhhh but you seem to gave photographed a darlek!

    Comment by Zig | September 20, 2012 | Reply

    • “Have” not “gave” !

      Comment by Zig | September 20, 2012 | Reply

      • And a west country one as well, I believe they’re call Daleks when they’re further east.

        Comment by Zig | September 20, 2012

  4. I’m glad you’ve made a stand!

    Comment by Rog | September 20, 2012 | Reply

  5. It made me quite happy Dinahmow.

    They are Zig. No claustrophobia but some boredom relieved only by strenuous use of the imagination. The wall against which I was once pressed was still standing a couple of years ago so that part of the saying may well be true. Not saying about the rest!
    (A lot of those Darleks settled round here – you have to be careful not to mimic them too often)

    Thank you Rog. I may have to lie down soon though.

    Comment by Mig | September 20, 2012 | Reply

  6. Ughhhhhhhh……..I have a hole in my back, dearheart. Two actually. And it’s not that I don’t deal in occasional backpains, I do. I’ve just learned to carry myself differently, limit myself on what and how I’m actually lifting and….yes, walk straight with my hips and shoulders aligned! It’s great for making it appear like I have a bustline……LOLOL And then when I SIT……I slouch. LOL

    Ah well. I’ll hope good results for you on this ordeal. And no standing at the wall time. Ohmygoodness…..LOL

    The photos, of course, are lovely.
    I adore the shadows and sunlight–the patterns are wonderful!

    Comment by Mel | September 21, 2012 | Reply

  7. Goodness Mel! Holes! That doesn’t sound good at all. In fact it sounds as though you’re supported by an unstable structure. I’m amazed that you have found ways to deal with it.

    Comment by Mig | September 22, 2012 | Reply

  8. I love that top photo. It just says “autumn”. Gorgeous.

    Good luck sorting out the back trouble.

    Comment by Liz | September 23, 2012 | Reply

  9. A friend found that the Alexander Technique really helped her back. I didn’t know her before she tried it but she has beautiful posture now. My mother lost several inches in height in her 60s and 70s and I do worry about getting osteoporosis myself.

    Comment by Z | September 25, 2012 | Reply

  10. More Autumn coming up Liz 🙂 And thanks.

    Well the good news is they do have stuff to keep osteoporosis in check Z, so it’s not necessarily as debilitating as it used to be.

    Comment by Mig | September 26, 2012 | Reply

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