This morning I woke up very grateful for a lot of things, (as usual), but especially for everything that happened to me last year.
On January 2nd 2019 I woke up and was barely able to put any weight at all on my right leg, my knee was very swollen an painful. 'I must have twisted it', I thought as I managed to get down stairs on my backside, (much to the amusement of Noodles who was following me and trying to lick my ears and wack me with her tail). I thought it was a minor injury and would heal itself with rest, so I didn't get medical attention, by February it seemed to ease a bit and I got a couple of walks with Noodles before the pain and swelling came back even worse than before.
I couldn't even get in the car, let alone drive it. I couldn't get upstairs, I literally was stuck. I did go to the doctors who said it was fluid and arthritis (what, overnight?, I was fit and healthy on 1st Jan), no further help was given.
I got a physio and started doing some work with him, this man is the physio with the Olympic sailing team. Team GB, he knew his stuff and was very dubious about what the doctors had said.
To cut a long story short, last year was a very testing one for me.
I had Noodles, my other half was working away and I was alone with her a lot, with a painful knee.
Normally this would have been a huge problem, but I knew we would be ok, I knew how to keep her entertained indoors until I could find someone to help me take her out.
We played games that mentally stimulated her, i gave her 'jobs' to do, I made her mind work and kept her focused, a bit like a child on an x box.
I learned new things to do with her and mixed it up with things I already knew.
I dived back into my psychology background and studied more, learned more, came up with new strategies, games, training. I thought I was just making the best of the situation I was in, but now I know I was developing more knowledge and skills for life.
So I'm very grateful I had the knee injury, not only did it make me bring my work online as I could no longer do what I did in person. But it taught me so much about a lot of things I didn't know I was capable of until then 💕
P.S it was a torn cartlidge