It is official: we are no longer spring chickens. Also official: we will keep pretending we are!
Yes we are still at the same spot, next to the Webb Bridge. Chris’s hand surgery was successfully done last Tuesday; bandages come off next week.
While Chris’s paws are out of action for a week, Wade has to do everything… Might as well enjoy it while it lasts but it is a little frustrating. He is the dresser, cook, carer. She draws the line at toileting though!
The MRI for her back confirms widespread degenerative changes and osteoarthritis. It certainly explains the pain, but at least it is definitely not RA. A few sessions at the physio to get a daily exercise regime, a great deal of swearing, some help with the mental side of pain management and acceptance that’s her lot will have to do… easier said than done! It is a bit like managing maintenance on Anui, really: you take a lot of preventative measures, you are diligent with maintenance, and you don’t push too hard!
We try to stay physically active, with daily walks along the Yarra. These photos were taken before the hand surgery. Now holding a camera is problematic.
We have another busy week ahead, with medical follow ups as well as socials. We are starting to reconnect with our friends now that we are over the hump which is really special after two years of absence and months of hyper vigilance. Nothing beats a real hug and tête à tête!
Even though the catch ups in person are heartwarming, we are itching to leave the marina after three weeks at the dock. The ocean is calling! Our intention is to leave Melbourne as soon as the surgeon gives us the green light, and the hand therapist and the physio have set the hands and back exercise programs. The end of the month might be feasible, but we’ll see. Having got this far, we need to finish the job and give ourselves the best chance of reasonably trouble free cruising.