The other hip has deteriorated in the past year and it’s interesting to notice the difference between the two. I didn’t get pain in the hip itself first time round, it hurt in other parts of the leg – I knew it was a hip problem because I’d been treated for bursitis, which I now think was a pre-arthritic condition, but this time the only place that does hurt is the hip itself. It rarely twinges while I’m walking or standing, though sometimes, if I’ve been standing for a long time or carrying things a lot, it hurts afterwards for up to a week, but I’m more likely to feel it when I’ve been sitting for some time, especially in a car, or in bed. I’m not sure if it wakes me, nor if it keeps me awake because I spend so much of the nights awake anyway, but it seems odd that it hurts when I’m relaxed and comfortable in bed. I should add that it doesn’t hurt too much, I’m not inclined to take any painkillers for example. What is good that I am not hindered at all when I walk or even run and I haven’t started to limp yet, and I can still wear heels. I only occasionally get out the stilettos, though.
Because this one isn’t going quite the same way as the last one did, and I wonder if the fact I weigh a couple of stone less than I did five years ago makes a difference there, I can’t tell how long it’s likely to be before I need another operation. A couple of years ago, I said three to five years. I’d still say that, probably. So I can forget about it, most of the time, for quite a while yet.
We had several inches of snow last evening and during the night. It took a while to sweep it off the car, though snow is a lot easier to clear away than ice, of course. The school buses weren’t running so there was no option but to close the school, but actually – whoops – it seems that when a new boiler was installed recently, something wasn’t lagged correctly and we had a burst pipe and therefore no heating, so we couldn’t have opened anyway. Elle has gone to spend the day and the night with a friend, because I’m due to go out first thing tomorrow and she’d have had to walk two miles in the snow to school – not impossible of course, but better avoided. The Sage and I had to drive to Lowestoft, which was okay, though the roads haven’t been cleared as well as the other day and it’s reassuring to be driving a Landrover in these conditions. The sixth form centre was open for those taking exams, so I dropped in to cheer on the staff who’d come in, especially the caretakers who were working hard to clear the grounds.
Oh, that reminds me – I went into the bakery and a man was in front of me buying a hot bacon roll. The assistant knew him and they were chatting. I was being served and didn’t listen for a while, until I caught him saying (he was evidently a plumber/heating engineer) “Yes, I cancelled my routine service appointments, but I’ve already had calls for four boilers, two burst pipes and a blocked toilet.” Later, I was talking to my London plumber and he agreed, he’s been busy with emergencies too.
Oh, and I’ve got a new tenant – that is, it’s all agreed and I’ve signed my papers, she has yet to do so. The good news is that she is moving in on Monday. The less good news is that I’ve had to agree to buy a bed and sofa. I’m afraid they’ll be rather basic ones. It’s worth it to get someone in so quickly. I suppose. *sigh* I’ve got a few jobs to do first, so I’ll go up at the weekend. I’m also going to London tomorrow, weather permitting.