Weather has been extremely dry and hot in my little red dot called Singapore. It is unseemingly too hot this early part of the year and the sun has brazenly scorched the trees and grassland.
Our green lungs are now brown burnt hay lands 😦
My spine has been aching all of this week. It hurts more when I sit. I was exasperated and so I What’s App my primary surgeon, Dr James Tan and said that I could not give up my mobility without a fight! Just a day ago he was tuttering away on my spine, explaining that I do need to rest and that at most 10 minutes on treadmill!
I hate the treadmill as it is in a gym and in an air-conditioned environment. Worst still, when I stop walking, I feel as if it is time to fall down! Ugh! Yes, with vertigo there are lists of things I cannot do and with my 6 screws in the back and 4 screws in the neck, the idea of falling and having both Dr James and Tonto putting me back together was not an inviting thought.
After I Whats App Dr James Tan, I put on my Brook’s ghost walking shoes and off I went. I could hear Tonto’s voice following me as he was droning on about how I must walk. Head up high, straighten the back and scrounge it at the back so that the shoulders are raised. Remember to walk stomach in chest out (I did my qigong breathing technique of breathing through the “tang tian”) and walk as if there is a lumbar roll at the back. Tonto used the example of the airplane pillow that we get and place behind our spine when we travel. He is quite an exercise freak! I like!!
I intend to do my 2.5 km doing my usual routine out on Stevens, up into Evans and going down through Dalvey back home.
As I walked I saw how miserable the gardens have become with loads of dried dead leaves. My poor squirrels must be pretty hot as they scamper in and out under the heaps of dried leaves. The money plants, which are climbers, barely survived on the large trees, leaving little leaves remaining!
Going past Far East Flora, I greeted the same lady whom I would always bid ‘ Hi Aunty’ though she is no relative of mine. Yes, in Singapore we greet everyone older as an aunty or uncle though there is no blood relations!
The basket ball court at NIE had its usual basket ballers playing court. I love the thumping sound of the ball as they shot hoops! Cool! Though it was a scorching hot 😉
Whilst turning into Dalvey, I welcomed the cool breeze as this particular stretch was the most wooded of the path and provided me with welcome shade.
As I walked, I reflected on the guidance given by Dr James on what I can or cannot do. Hmm…actually a whole lot of things I cannot do. Gone are the days of water skiing on Kim Kim River with Harry and the gang! It is a “NOT ever” sigh!
I can only presume I cannot ski at Hoodoo as well in Winter.
I am told that I am fit to fly in May but for Work travel, it has to be in September.
My squid jigging days are numbered and fishing will be a challenge to me as it will take a while. I was pretty sad as this meant changing my lifestyle. The sea is a favorite of mine but Godma being a Buddhist will be happy that my fishing days are numbered! 😉
Strawberry picking will have to wait and I thought I could hike up Spencer’s Butte again. This 649 sq m Butte height has to wait.
I told Dr James, I could picture myself sitting in an old rickety rocking chair, knitting booties and mittens for Garfield or reading a bible (I still do not have the right version but I finished reading Mark! Unfortunately, I am not enlightened just yet) ha ha! Spiritual limbo at its peak.
Dr James voice can be heard in my head as he nags me for my photo to register on the form for RCIA. My reply was I have no baby photos (yup my parents told me that even as a baby In refuse to cooperate with the camera and studio shots were heaven’s forbid occasions!) much less adult photos! Hmm if I ever got married, I think there would be no wedding photos too….yup that is so mour 🙂
I told Dr James that the only photo that I have, was a photo taken by the Straits Times reporter and this photo was what I am going to use when I am oh so dead 🙂
Aha! Dr James had no reply to that…so I think he has given up on this request, knowing it will never happen.
Yup…I always missed photo taking at high school yearbooks. I am versatile in not doing things I do not wish to do! Brilliant right?!
I am but an unknown person with a lot to say on blog LOL!!
When I triumphantly finished my 2.5km walk, I proudly told my two surgeons. I must applaud their patience as I am sure they must be cursing this darn uncooperative patient! Dr James said to wait till tomorrow and see if I hurt and if so, his scolding recorded at 33 rpm will be played 90 times over. Hmm…he is old school so I had to use vinyl records to describe. In modern speak, it would be iPod replayed in a loop, ceaselessly! 🙂
Still, I do appreciate their doctoring care. Yes, which flea brained doctor would give their cell phone numbers to patients right? Ha ha well, except to me!! Maybe because I am sane at the right times on my terms and insane at the right times on their terms! Hee Hee!
Tonto runs to keep fit or maybe he is like me, we just love doing something outdoorsy. In the words of Tonto when Dr James points his complaining finger, “my patients do not even want to do half of the things she does!” Yes, I am plainly mad as a hatter! 😉
As for golf….seriously, I can kiss golf memberships good bye, hock my golf clubs if I had and give away all hope….ah well, back to crossword puzzles, blogging or just plain jigsaw puzzles if my butt decides to behave and sit well!
Sigh it sucks to have an uncooperative spine and to those out there in blogsphere, who suffer from the same discomforts like me, let’s say we get together and drink selves into a drunken stupor! Now wouldn’t that be peachy?! Absolutely sloshed!