Brisbane, QLD


Monday, January 21, 2019

GETTING HOME ON ONE FOOT

I spent the last evening in our holiday house learning how to use crutches and navigate stairs and the bathroom. Wasn't easy. 
Lake Jindabyne outside our window.

Lunch with the family (Sonya took the photo). It was very hot so the boys wore very little.

Saying goodbye to the boys. They were travelling south back to Melbourne and we were going north to Canberra with Carol and David.

We drove from Jindabyne to Cooma where we stopped at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. It showcases the history of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. It is the story of people who persevered through harsh conditions to build one of the greatest engineering projects ever undertaken in the world. It is a hydro power and irrigation scheme. It was constructed between 1949 and 1974.
After Cooma we continued onto Canberra where we stayed overnight in a hotel. We were to drive on the next day to Sydney and stay with Carol for a few days before flying home to Brisbane. However, Carol's apartment is on the third floor without a lift/elevator this would be difficult on crutches. So we changed plans and went to Canberra airport and organised a flight change and flew home from there. QANTAS was very good at providing a wheelchair and a pusher to get me on and off the plane. (Bill says we are going to keep the boot and wear it every time we go to the airport to get on the plane first.)  I was happy to be going home to put my foot up.

When I got back to the village one of the residents lent me a motorised scooter. I found crutches difficult to use so we hired a knee walker. I had to keep off the foot for two weeks and now I can put a little weight on it and the pain has eased. I have to keep the boot on for six and a half weeks (three and a half to go). It wasn't a good start to the new year but it was still fun to be with the all the family for a week in a very scenic place.

36 comments:

  1. Many years ago my mother managed to break her leg while in the USA and needed a full-length leg cast. My father always reckoned it would be a good way to smuggle goods through customs as they were whisked straight through by airline staff without any checks whatsoever. I hope you'll soon be fully mobile again.

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  2. I expect your children are thinking about the future when you will no longer be around, and treasuring the moments they have with you, even though you so selfishly made the holiday so hard with you moaning on about your sore ankle and needing help every which way. Now you are malingering around the village in a motor scooter. Who's a lucky girl!

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  3. It is nice to have all the auxiliary products nowadays to help you go around. Wish you a good recovery!

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  4. I am sure you will be glad when your recovery is over.

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  5. I had heard of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, it would be nice to hear about it from your experiences.
    At least you had preferential treatment at the airport :)
    A scooter and a knee walker sound good to help you recover.

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  6. I have seen others use that knee walker. Looks like a great invention. Take care of that foot. Will you have to have physical therapy once it's healed?

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  7. Hello, love the pretty scenic photos. The shot of the lake is beautiful. I am glad you had a fun visit with your family, just sorry about your injury. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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  8. I remember my weeks having to use a boot years ago. I twisted an ankle and also had something very heavy fall on it It was not a pleasant time. Fortunately I did not have to use crutches! You look like a good soldier.

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  9. glad you made it home and had help at the airport, sorry you did not get to climb and to visit with your daughter. you look cute in your motor cart and I am wondering if the knee thing is harder than it looks.

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  10. Your photographs have been wonderful to see and I've enjoyed seeing your family and the wonderful countryside and lake.

    Those knee walkers do seem to be excellent in helping you get around.
    Continue good wishes as you heal.

    All the best Jan

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  11. A great pity your holiday was cut short. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  12. Next to you the boys are getting very tall! I’m sure you will miss them. Your motorized cart looks like fun! Not worth breaking your ankle to try it out though. Too bad you had to cut short your visit but i imagine it was pretty wonderful to be home. I hope it heals quickly and you can be back on two legs again soon.

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  13. You sure were a good sport and kept going! The boys have grown so much. They look exuberant. Just think of all the new skills you already learned in 2019!

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  14. Some beautiful photos. The family get-together looks like a lot of fun!

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  15. It’s always good to be back home and as soon as your ankle is healed, I know you and Bill will be off on more adventures, Diane.

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  16. It looks as if you can get around pretty well at home, but I hope the next three-and-one-half weeks go by quickly and that your ankle heals completely.

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  17. Last time I flew to Sydney I arrived with a terrible migraine and could not walk. We were off the plane and through customs and immigration in record time. We have also said next time we fly it will be with a wheel chair 😁 Hope you are soon on the mend, take care, t'other Diane

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  18. Hi, I have enjoyed seeing all of the photos on the Family Trip. What a gorgeous place. WOW.

    So sorry that you broke your ankle.... I know how frustrating that must have been on that trip --but hopefully, you can go back again when you can see it ALL....

    Hope the foot continues to improve. Blessings to you.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. Ooh dear, sorry to hear of your injury. Thankfully it didn't completely ruin your holiday by the sound of things. At least you got to see some beautiful places. Hope you heal quickly and with no problems.

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  20. I'm so glad you are doing better...not the most wonderful way to welcome in the new year.
    The good part was being with your family though.
    All that scenery is just gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh you do look so swish!
    That would be dishonest to use a "boot" to get boarding priority!
    Shame on "William of Tell".
    Colin

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  22. Lovely photos on each post of your trip Dianne. Sorry about your foot and do hope the weeks pass by quickly so it can heel..

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  23. Oh, Diane I am so sorry this happened to you. Being as active as you are this will be a hard thing for you but you seem to have lots of help. Love the photos and glad you are taking care. Take it easy more adventures are ahead. Hugs

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  24. That was such bad luck Diane but you didn't let it stop you enjoying time with your gorgeous family. The knee walker looks interesting, I've seen people using them here and wondered how easy they are to manoeuvre ✨

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  25. Goodness, so sorry that happened while you were on holiday. The family must have been wonderful with their support, both physically and to cheer you up when needed. Hope you are a speedy healer and I wish you speedy healing. I have seen the electric scooter and that knee walker over here. Kind of the other resident to lend you the chair and I would think the knee walker would feel more comfortable than the crutches, for short distances anyhow. Take good care of yourself and I hope it won't be too long before you are getting on your own steam.

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  26. What a nice picture of you all and then the one with the boys ! I always take now wheelchair assistance when I take the plane, because otherwise I have to walk over 2 km to get to the gate and that's not so good for my breathing problems. Nicole and I had a double wheelchair was funny, because she had a twisted ankle ! I would love to have this scooter for rent when I am in Amsterdam ! As you are not allowed to take you car and I don't dare to ride a bicycle, after at least 30 years, that would be ideal to pick up Toby at school, he is on a bike. Parents "pick up" their children with bikes (to cross the main roads)

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  27. Oh my!! not a good way to start the year Diane but I'm sure it will be all up from here. great you got to spend time with your lovely family.

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  28. I read your previous posts to learn what happened to require the boot. The knee walker looks helpful and I hope you can have it taken off soon. You sure vacationed in a beautiful area and with your precious family.

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  29. Well, despite everything, you seem to be making the most of it. Good luck. The next three weeks will fly by.

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  30. Bills comment about keeping your boot made me smile ..and remember .. in our case it was me making the comment as a few years ago we flew cross country when this Bill was on crutches .... boy it sure made making connections easier having an escort pushing his chair. But all things considered, I know we’d all rather be running down those concourses on our own feet ... and I wish you a full recovery as soon as possible, so you too can have that pleasure next time ! That scooter definitely looks more comfortable than the crutches... and the cart better than the wheel chair he had to use for a short time.

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  31. Reading blogs is a hobby of mine, and most people have stopped writing them.
    I just discovered your blog, and wanted to tell you that I have really enjoyed reading about your mom and dad's life, and then yours' and your family's. You have lived such an interesting life,(I haven't even finished with half of it yet!), you are so candid. I love to read biographies and autobiographies, so I got quite a nice surprise when I landed here.
    I wish you well from Virginia, USA!!

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