A Nudge and a Wink

Night-time trips between bed and bath rooms are fraught with a sense of adventure; my faith in the stability of bed end, stair rail and wall, has not been undermined so far. As long as the muscular and joint pains remain discomfortingly persistent, I remain on guard for the possibility of a random stumbling collapse; at least, in this one respect, the rest and sleep destroying acute discomfort seems to serve a useful purpose!


Somehow “collapsing” sounds far more dynamic than “creaking”, at least the results are far more spectacular when, knee, ankle, or hip joint, suddenly give way. The competition between “creaking” and “collapsing” into action becomes increasingly intense.  The sheer unpredictability of which joint takes priority ensures that my enforced sedentary lifestyle never becomes boring.



What I’m missing most of all is a decent night’s sleep; no matter how exhausted / positively shattered I may feel on retiring au lit, by the time I’ve struggled out of daytime attire, donned pyjamas and, performed the appropriate ablutions I’m far too fatigued to sleep.


I can usually guarantee that I’m going to be alerted into wakefulness at least once or twice in every hour by some chronic jarring discomfort emanating from anywhere between small of back and ankles. I still fail to understand the logistics that require the shifting (and adjustment) of the whole of my body, in order to achieve a minor adjustment in the alignment of the right lower limb; we’re talking microns here!


Somewhere between 3.00 and 4.00 am, I usually seem to achieve a state of full alertness although this effect has usually been squandered some time before my beloved stirs in anticipation of preparing herself for work.


All being well, I manage to remove myself from the duvets hypnotic allure by 11.00 am, only to fall asleep again mid-afternoon, my wife not uncommonly returning from work to find me in a dazed stupor.

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One Response to A Nudge and a Wink

  1. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Hello Malcolm,
    It is always a treat to come visit!  Very well written.  I just love the music that comes with well chosen words.  Now…..if we could just unload that body of yours!  Kidding of course.  What is, is ……
    We just enjoyed our Thanksgiving Day.  I\’m particularly enjoying the left-overs.  I have more fun with that than I have eating the original dinner.  Some turkey slices, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on toasted white bread and you\’re all set.
    We\’re expecting our first real snow storm Sunday night into Monday. Not sure how much or whether it will be ugly mix of rain and snow so we\’ll see what the Canadian Chinooks bring us.
    The garden is pretty much closed down until spring. We were quite satisfied with our efforts except for the damage the deer did. That part surprised us a bit; they managed to get to a lot of the berries and bushes. They seem to have a taste for blueberry bushes, raspberry canes and strawberry plants. I think we have to replace most of those.
    Well my friend…..say hello to Helen, stay warm and take care of yourself. Much fondness from across the pond.  Bittersweet

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