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Jon Freeman BS: A Thumb in the Dike (20) RE: BS: A Thumb in the Dike 19 May 21

I (only 60 and a young un compared to others here) am on a bit of a reprieve at the moment. I had a very large (I’d let it go for years and years) skin cancer tumour removed last year and am back to being able to do things like do shoe laces up (though I still prefer velcro fasteners) and other “bend down” tasks” and have been catching up on a few things I hadn’t been able to do..

Music (at least mentioned in another thread, and, yes, my fingers get stiffer...) is a bit different. I can sit comfortably in a range of chairs again but my main motivation has long been playing (mostly Irish tunes in sessions) with others and, even without Covid, getting out is hard and I’ve rarely been one for practising, etc. at home and never passed my test in a car. I do play a bit (I try with tenor banjo/mandolin and guitar) and sometimes we have a short sing song but I need the getting out for much motivation.

As for older age than me, I live with my parents who are both in their mid 80s. Dad suffered a bleed stroke as the result of a medical accident (they gave him streptokainaise which he reacted to for a heart attack he never had – it was a Meniers attack. It landed him rushed off to Walton (major UK neurological centre) some 20+ years back and he was in a coma for a while. He recovered better than expected from that but still suffers from some effects from that as well as generally degenerating now. These days, he needs help to move around. I’ve recently got him walking again with the frame for day time walks to the toilet (he stopped doing that when I was in hospital for 7 weeks) but other times and with his morning helper, he’s pushed around in a commode chair (his wheelchair doesn’t make the bathroom door).

Mum, who was a physiotherapist, specialising in elderly care and very active has suffered badly with arthritis in more recent years and sort of hobbles around. Still, she manages to get out round the back some fine days and mostly just looks at our garden in the rented part of a field, something I’ve simplified from her days of tending for it every daylight hour available.

Old age makes things harder but we find ways of getting by. Dad can't really contribute now but mum and I can make up for each others deficiencies in some way or other and keep things going.

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