RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

I remember learning as a child in basic first aid that for many musculoskeletal sprains and strains RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation – is usually the best treatment to give. I’ve been suffering with ongoing burning heel pain and swelling in my right instep for a while now, and thankfully anti-inflamatory painkillers help take the edge off the pain, as does keeping off my feet whenever possible.

I’ve been religiously sticking to the rest, compression and elevation part of my old mnemonic to try to encourage healing but have been finding the ice part particularly problematic – my already painful tendon seems to go into some sort of tight spasm when I try to apply an ice pack, but heat seems to help loosen it off, so I do that instead although as soon as I start to walk on it again the pain returns.

I finally gave in and saw my GP a couple of weeks ago, and he has diagnosed plantar fasciitis. He reassured me I’ve been doing the right thing to try to help it heal, but has also advised gentle stretching excercises and wearing an orthotic in my shoe to provide the correct support. As one of life’s natural wanderers, I’m finding it difficult to be confined close to base for the duration.

To add insult to injury, I also have a long-standing sacro-iliac joint dysunction in my right hip, usually reasonably well-managed with physio excercises done at home, but walking (limping) so carefully on my sore heel lately has caused my recurrent hip pain to flare up too – double ow! Oh well, I suppose I just need to learn to be more considerate of my ageing body the older I get.

It seems that for me at least, like it or not middle age, as well as old age, does not come alone.. πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Mnemonic


Tending towards depression

I’m struggling a bit with life just now, feeling myself quietly withdrawing a little from the world, probably for a while at least.

Sadly I do occasionally tend towards melancholia, but with a lifelong history of debilitating depression I’ve grown to understand my mental proclivities and know my best bet is just to allow my mind to close itself off as it needs, function on my old familiar minimalist autopilot for the duration, and simply let it pass in its own good time.

So if I have rather long gaps between somewhat sporadic posts for the next few weeks, don’t worry, it’s only a temporary glitch and no doubt I’ll be back in full flow soon enough…

Daily Prompt: Tend

Daily Prompt: Creature

I need to learn to truly appreciate my creature comforts more: I’m lucky to have a secure roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in, good food in my belly, enough to live on and a bit put by for the future. I have my family, my friends, and admittedly more than a few frustrations at present.

But I need to remember that my frustrations in life are just that – frustrations, and not a matter of life or death. I should be more grateful that behind all my trials and tribulations, whether trivial or more troublesome, I always have the ability to thrive and not just survive in life, whatever comes my way…

Daily Prompt: Creature Β 

So, anyway…

I have no inkling of what to write about today, neither for my usual Daily Prompt word nor my JusJoJan prompt word. The first thing to do with knights that popped into my head was the historical silliness that constitutes Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so in lieu of anything more serious here’s one of my favourite clips from the movie…

Oh, and apologies in advance for my ridculously puerile British sense of humour… πŸ™‚

‘Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Cracks me up every time! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Inkling

JusJoJan: Knight

Daily Prompt: Trill

The first thing that came to mind when I saw today’s Daily Prompt: Trill was Trill budgie seed, that came in a cardboard box. We had a pet budgie for a while when I was young – a beautiful blue one – and other than the Trill brand of bird food I can’t remember much else about it. Not our most memorable pet for me, so I guess I’m not one of life’s natural bird fanciers… But I looked up Trill, and it’s still going strong – fancy that! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Candid

Much as I love the idea of street photography I’m not very comfortable taking candid shots of people. But today I suddenly thought – hang on, why don’t I apply a post-processing art filter to an image containing random strangers who may otherwise be close enough to the camera to be clearly recognisable as particular individuals. That way I can hide any potential identification in a generic blur of paint-effect?

So here is a candid shot of sunbathers at an open-air swimming pool, with the addition of the ‘Delaunay’ effect filter from LunaPic… I’m really happy with how it’s turned out… I think I actually prefer it to the original (rather bland) image πŸ™‚


Daily Prompt: Candid