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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Where there's life there's Hope

After seven months waiting I at last had the cartilidge in my knee trimmed up and the surgeon told me the good news; he had made a lovely job of it, then the bad news; the knee is worn out and I should avoid walking on rough ground, going up and down hills and definately no running, (the last one is easily complied with!). After feeling sorry for myself for a couple of weeks I thought; "where there's life there's hope" so last Sunday I headed north through ice and fog on a journey to Hope.

Arriving in Strath More, Ben Hope was twinkling above in the morning sunshine encouraging me in my endeavour, a steep path took me rapidly up into the sun and although cold there was almost no wind which made for a delightful walk to the summit and a chance to admire the incredible scenery through the haze. The descent was harder but "no pain no gain!" and I was off the single track roads after a beautiful sunset before it got dark. A lovely hill in a perfect setting (it helps to have perfect weather!) and my hope is restored, (not sure about the knee).

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Blogger Phil said...

And a smashing photo, too.

Sympathy with the knee problem - my sister recently had a fall and chipped the bones in her knee, so she has just had a completely new knee joint fitted. I looked at the X rays and its a sort of semi ball and socket job. Nice piece of engineering, but sets off the alarms at airports.

So, if the worst happens, they can rebuild you!

Seriously, all the best for a good and complete recovery - seems you're well on the way.

Happy Christmas to you & yours.

December 22, 2007 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

I am with Phil in wishing you all the best Roger: It can be surprising what can be achieved when the medics say you can't do something.

The Challenge is strewn with all sorts of medical impossibilities; from artificial hips through colostomies, welded up backs, beathing problems and all manner of ailments.

Good luck with it Roger - take it steady for a while,


December 23, 2007 at 6:07 PM  

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