However the one big thing I didn't factor about getting out and about was that I couldn't do certain things. The main things were carrying food and drink whilst on crutches. Thankfully in Barburrito and Starbucks they took the initiative and helped me with my purchases. In Barburrito they even helped me to find a good table. The other thing was carrying bags of shopping - there is only so much you can carry before overbalancing your crutches. In many respects having crutches has a sympathetic effect on other people and I certainly got help when I needed it. The only exception was when I went to a club night and had to negotiate stairs and the drunks weren't patient with me. I may have had an injury, but I can still have a life. Knobs the lot of them.
Anyway I had another trip to the hospital. This time I didn't need my Dad to drag me around the hospital in a wheelchair as I much quicker on the crutches. I didn't need another x-ray which I was surprised about. However I found out I needed to be in my aircast for an additional week than anticipated. This was such a pain in the butt as the thought of spending another week on the buses was a killer.
Sox and her twitter account did provide a pleasant distraction. I was amazed how quickly she amassed followers. It's surprising how a few cute photos and witty comments gets people following. It's a subculture I had not been aware of on twitter, but I guess you don't find out about these unless you start looking for it.
The sewing machine has proved to be a productive distraction and I found that the internet was great for finding out how to make stuff, either through You Tube instructional videos or blogs. I found out how to make reversible tote bags and lined zipped purses / pouches. With my Mum and friend's birthdays coming up, my convalescence gave me the opportunity to make stuff for people. I do find you get greater pleasure giving people gifts you have made, rather than a mad dash around the shops to get something they may not like.
Things I learnt this week:
1. It all gets a bit groundhog day, with days blurring in the next.
2. Being signed off for another week was so disappointing.
3. I still can't find it in my heart to love buses. No matter how many times I go on the bus the travel sickness remains. As long as I don't read a book or use my iPhone I can minimise it to a certain extent. At least I can still listen to podcasts on the iPod.
4. Making people gifts is lovely.
5. There are only so many things you can learn each week and trying to find ten by week five is impossible.