Today has meant a visit to our 'local' hospital - twenty odd miles away but nearer than the much bigger one we can use in Middlesbrough. There is something nice and friendly about a small hospital - everything seemed unhurried and ran like clockwork. I was seen only a few minutes later and everyone was lovely.
I have been having trouble with my right ankle for some time and some days I am quite immobile. This is very frustrating. The Consultant I saw was quite charming and sent me for an immediate X ray (how wonderful it is that these things can be sent between departments instantly these days) and by the time I had got back to him my X ray was up on the screen. He showed me exactly what the problem was and it was fascinating to see.
The arch has collapsed in my right foot throwing my walking off balance and causing the right hand edge of the leg bone to grate on the ankle bone. It was clearly visible and I felt a bit better already.
The next stage is an MRI scan to see whether the tendons are bearing up under the strain. For that I have indeed to go to the larger hospital in Middlesbrough and I am now waiting for an appointment.
So meanwhile, join me on the bench in my new header for a cup of tea and a chat.