I just checked in at the hotel and asked to make sure that I was in a room towards the middle, when asked why the preference I explained that I wanted scalding hot water and the rooms at the end are not that hot.
“Is there a problem with the end rooms?”
“Oh no they are just fine but I want really hot water”
“Did you get a cold bath/shower last week (I was in an end room)?”
“No it was fine but I just want hotter water”
“Did you not have a kettle last week?”
“Yes but I wanted very hot running water”
“Hotter than you need for a bath?”
“Yes scalding hot as I want to see if I can get enough heat into my left wrist to adjust whatever is hurting me so much”
“Ok sir, 233 it is”
Weird look? No just a frown because they know me here remember. This was followed by the sort of call that only I get, from my mate down the road saying he needs help understanding something in the cellar of his pub. Now those of you in the know (I’m looking at you now Helen) will know that the result of leaving the tap open on your cellar boy is a good mechanism for the rapid discharge of 88 pints down the drain, my mate knows this as well now. As with most things in life there are good and bad ways to learn the orientation of a cellar boy tap and judging by the nervous look I left Mick with his was the bad way.
It was interesting to show Mick the routine, apparently I can change kegs and roll them around the cellar still although it remains to see what revenge an angered Lefty will seek.
Well I have just completed my evening’s 25 press ups, I now do morning and afternoon there’s no stopping me. Obviously twice daily sessions is an increase in overall exercise but the mission that I have is not to increase the reps but to concentrate the energy into the areas that need work. My left hand has moved in closer and after the first couple of cracks and crunches I can get it tucked in tight to my shoulders for the correct press up pose, there’s work to do but it’s clearly succumbing to brute force and ignorance, of which I have plenty.
Lefty is being somewhat more troublesome, I need to get it to an angle that means the fingers are on the floor and not the knuckles but the angle is not there yet. When standing with my hand on a table I can just about get the arm to the correct angle which makes sense as it takes the physioterrorist two hands to bend old lefty back anywhere near where it needs to be. On a positive note I have definitely overcome the solid block of the screws, current theory is that where they were in the edge of what is now my scaphoid and/or lunate bones and that by the subtle* application of my body weight I have split them out of the bone and freed the carpal joints. I will acknowledge that I may not have a complete or accurate grasp of the world of orthopedics but I like to think that I am picking it up quickly, it’s really just mechanics with a little extra blood.
And so this evening I pushed lefty into a finger down press up stance, complaints were plentiful and loud but slowly I applied the load, easing it into the modified bone structure that is my wrist. The heel of my hand started to lower as the newly engineered flex between the carpal rows started to accommodate the load and then a sharp stabbing pain accompanied by a pop signified end of play. I thought that I had dislocated a finger but this was not the case, I checked the various movements of the wrist and think I located the source of the disturbance, movement around the Ulna joint is accompanied by new pain. My guess is that I have further freed the joint and it is complaining, obviously Ms Nature has still not realised that I don’t listen.
I have said it before, either medicine and nature can get with the program or I shall do it on my own but there is only one way. Remember people I do this so you don’t have to!
As an aside the wonderful James Patterson has given me much to think about in the last book, Mr(s) Smith could be anyone I must ensure that I keep my guard up at all times. I shall be asking Helen if the pub has had any new additions to the Bingo club or is it more likely that they are in the tea dance club**?
*Subtle is a subjective word
**This subject will receive a post all of its own in due course