1 September 2019

Nurse!

I knew something was wrong when I woke up in the middle of the night to find Paul on his hands and knees on the bedroom floor.

"It's my back, I can't move!"  He was trying to get to the bathroom.  The previous day he had 'tweaked' his back while doing some DIY stuff in the new kitchen.  He went bowling on Friday evening and seemed fine when he returned.  He was in a lot of pain yesterday that was only relieved by him stretching out on the floor with his knees bent and feet resting on a stool.  And a hot bath. And being waited on.

Today he is much better but still not very mobile.  I am on double dog walking duties and head chef and gardener.  Yesterday Paul talked me through pizza making process.  I was quite pleased with the result except it was square and not round.  This has all meant that I haven't been able to proceed with my oil painting and the masterpiece is at a standstill.


I did manage to get a Yellow Ochre wash (thank you Cro) on to the canvas yesterday morning but my attempt at painting a birch tree was not overly successful.  It resembles a Dalmation dog's leg rather than a tree trunk.  So my artistic endeavours are temporarily on hold until I can give it my full attention.

Got to go, someone's calling me...

23 comments:

  1. It looks like the background forest picture that comes up on John's blog for some reason at the start. It is coming on well. I look forward to seeing further progress when time allows. Get Paul to do some full stretches in a doorway, hands on top of door, always helps.

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    1. I don't think he can stand straight enough yet to reach the top of the door!

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  2. Poor Paul! I know a back street Thai massage parlour in Worksop. There you can get a very pleasant oil massage from a young lady called Rudee. The name means "pleasure" and the basic massage costs £40. I think it would do Paul's back a lot of good.
    P.S. I like the way that painting is coming along. Stick with it.

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  3. My Hairdresser swears that she can fix any back. On the floor in a door opening with one leg up the wall on the bad side & the other extending thru the door opening. Pull butt up to wall & straighten leg. I asked how I was supposed to get up off the floor after assuming the position . . . S

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    1. I don't think Paul would get up off the floor ever again if he did that!

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  4. Many decades ago my dad suffered from a slipped disc and at one point used a cloth to tie his wrists around a banister rail to hang suspended from the stairs in order to stretch his spine and relieve the pain. As kids we thought this greatly amusing but the poor man was in agony.

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    1. Ouch, he must have been desperate poor chap.

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  5. Wish him full health and soon so you can finish the beautiful painting.

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  6. Comiserations to Paul. Not a comfortable position to be in...
    The Dalmation has rickets or some such. No doubt you will get a good pleasing effect when you are not at the beck and call of the boys.

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  7. Nothing worse than a bad back. Hope he continues on the mend.

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  8. The painting has started well, the problem now will be NOT to overdo it. Simplicity is good; overworking isn't. Poor old Paul... there's little worse than a really bad back. Painful. Don't make him laugh!

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    1. I don't feel in control of this painting, anything could happen!

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  9. Backs once 'putout' can be such a nuisance both for the sufferer and the nurse. Hope it is soon better so that everything can proceed as normal.

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    1. He's determined to get to his bowls tournament tomorrow night. Not a good idea really but he's very stubborn.

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  10. Paul has my sympathy as my husband has this problem from time to time. At his worst he couldn't get up off the floor. It really takes time to get better. I am sure the painting is going to be great.

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    1. Paul has suffered with back problems before, painkillers, rest and stretches usually sort it eventually.

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  11. A good start to your painting - I recognised the Silver Birch bark immediately.
    Poor Paul - sympathy for him, and condolences to the nurse, and chief dog walker.

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    1. Thanks, he's much better today so I may be able to pick my brushes up again.

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  12. How is Paul? Hope he is better and that your absence is just due to too much painting!!

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