Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cycling the coast

Just ordered Dad a copy of Anna Hughes Eat, Sleep, Cycle - A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain. A bit of holiday reading for him and it should bring back many memories for Dad of his own trip around the coast !

Anyone interested the blurb reads ...
For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn’t that hard. Following the river from London until it became the sea, then following the sea until it reached the mouth of the Thames again was a beautifully simple idea. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names – as well as a hearty battle with some good old British weather – her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Crowning the President

A ceremony did take place to officially "crown" Dad as the President of the Staffordshire LDWA.

A weekend away

Well Dad has enjoyed his first weekend away since his op. He's been staying at the Woodlands Centre at Glasbury-on-Wye. He's had a great weekend, even though it was a bit nippy! I did ask if he was taking his hot water bottle with him and he said no ... as he didn't want everyone to know he used a hot water bottle !

Dad did his own walks and on the Saturday he had a wander along the river. Sunday he had a walk up one the hills ! Took it at his own pace but on both days he was out walking for a couple of hours. This is yet another milestone ticked off !
He's back to see the surgeon this week, so it will be good that he can report that he's been doing a few miles walking!

He's done three weeks at the gym now so he should at least be getting the hang of what he needs to do on the equipment !

The President of the Staffordshire LDWA !

Well Dad may not be able to knock off the miles like he used to but he's just been made President of the Staffordshire LDWA (that's the Long Distance Walkers Association).  I don't think it's quite as grand a role as Barack Obama has and I don't think his duties will be as involved but even so he's got the title of The President ! I think that means I can now say that I'm the President's daughter. Doesn't that sound grand.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Gym

Dad has been for his first visit to a gym! It's all part of the rehab programme but it's definitely a first for him! He'd got his own personal trainer, which was useful as I'm not sure he'd be able to suss the computerised technology!  They had him walking on the treadmill, riding a bike, on one of those "arm thingies" (that's what he called it!) and then back on the treadmill.  He said he enjoyed the session and he's looking forward to his next session. It's a good job as he's got seven more of these sessions !

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Bike

Well they've given out gale warnings and yellow "be aware" warnings and the weather folk have been gearing up to it for a few days .... so today is the day Dad decides to get his bike out for the first time since his op and tootles off to get his paper. His words were "I didn't realise it was so windy until I started pedalling !" 

Yeah Dad not the best of days to pick for your post-op maiden bike ride !

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A quick update

A quick update as it will be coming up to six weeks post op this week ! Dad is doing good and he's hoping to get back behind the wheel and get out and about in his car. I think that will make a huge difference in his recovery and regaining his independence.

On Saturday night we headed up to the velodrome in Manchester to watch Revolution track racing. We'd booked the tickets a few months ago. We had a great night and after explaining to the staff at velodrome that Dad had not long had a operation and wasn't up to walking far they sent me a parking voucher to park on site which was brilliant.

Today he went AWOL ... well I couldn't get hold on him. I spoke to him first thing and then tried at lunch and got no answer. I left a message and then tried a few more times over the next few hours but still no reply. I even tried his mobile which was kind of pointless as he never has it switched on ! However he checked in a couple of hours later. He'd been out for lunch and then a walk around Westport Lake (which is a mile around - I know this as it's one of my walks) and then also popped in and had a walk around the Dingle.  That'll probably be the furthest he's walked so that it great progress.

Tomorrow and Thursday he has a couple of appointments at the hospital which will be the first time he has seen anyone since getting discharged.

Will keep you posted on his progress..