Schools are going back as I speak. Some yesterday, some today and some tomorrow. Me? I am at home. Where I have been for the past nearly 11 weeks. My attempts to heal myself overnight failed. I am not a miracle worker after all.
I tried driving a little further afield, and needed a nap. And when I say a little further afield, I mean 2 miles. Me the long distance driver, who loves zooming all over Europe, done in by 2 miles. So that clearly didn't work very well.
Then, a friend offered to take me to get the footstool I need to rest my leg on - please tell me why I only realised this 10 weeks after damaging it? All that time wasted! It would have saved my couch covers too. But never mind. Where was I.... the footstool.
So I was collected at 9, and we got to Ikea and had coffee and something to eat. Then I was so good - I had my list, did not walk round the floor, but went straight to the warehouse part, collected what I needed and checked out. It took me 50 mins in total. I had to then sit down. For an hour and a half. On to lunch, sitting down, and instead of walking round the shops, I sat on a bench for another hour and a half until it was time to come home. I was finished. Exhausted. I snoozed on the couch.
So what did that prove? I was out of the house for less than a full working day, and sitting down for the best part of it. And I could not cope. At this rate, heaven knows when I will be able to go back to work. I am on my feet all day at work, or walking about up and down stairs. And it is about 15 miles drive from here too. And then back. I have a headache just thinking about it all.
Anyway. I have a footstool. Bargain price.
I finished reading The Shack" over the weekend, and occupied an extremely large part of my time afterwards trawling through a zillion blogs to see what other people thought about it. It gave me a great deal to think about, I have to say. Leave your preconceptions behind when you read it, and just focus on the story. It is fiction, remember, and written for the author's children initially, never intended for global publication. Many people talk about the forgiveness in the book. Others, the healing, grace or fear. For me, the main focus in the end, was the justice. It really challenged me. Any book which encourages conversation, discussion, debate or thought is worth reading, I think. And this certainly does that. So read it, and then come back and let me know what you think!
Dell update: No word from them at all. And I spent another hour on the phone to India last night. The man I spoke to says he has emailed their customer service department who will call me today, and he says he will call to check on that tomorrow. Hmmmm. The jury is out on that one. I have had no response to any of my emails or comments on the dell blogs.
And now I am going to call the Consultant's secreatary to find out re treatment etc. Just on a side note - my sister's friend went to the doctor last Friday, because she was concerned about something. She had an MRI yesterday, and saw the doctor a couple of hours later for the results. All is well. However, the contrast with here is beyond belief. This is also a first world country after all.