Saturday, 29 March 2008

Lights out!

For baby Kaleb

Remember to turn those lights out tonight at 8pm for Earth Hour.

When I did this post a week or so ago I mentioned that I did not have a car. This surprised a few people. I do drive but there are a couple of reasons I gave my car up. First because C finds cars very difficult as they go round corners roundabouts, and get stuck in traffic. He came very close a few times to putting his head through the car window, not much fun whilst trying to drive.

The other reason is about 10 years ago I had an accident whilst doing one of those charity hikes in the Himalayas raising money for disabled children. Not the best place to have an accident! I blogged about it sometime ago, here and here.
After 3 failed operations I was left with a drop foot which I cannot move, and in constant pain, hence making driving long distances rather awkward.
It was difficult to get used to not having a car, but as we know you get used to anything. It has also meant I do a lot of walking which for my leg is properly a good thing. However for about a year now the pain in my leg has been getting worse, so last week I actually went to the doctors about it, I was a bit shocked when she said I will have to have a knee replacement. But will have to wait till I a bit more debilitated. Something to look forward to!!
After seeing the look on Cs face (and no fingers in ears) in this photo, when I have my new leg I think I will have to invest in one of these Go kart things rather than a car!! But where would I put the shopping?!

81 comments:

Chris H said...

'all me lights are out! i'm watching telly in da dark, I'm semi pissed.... sucks about the knee, neat to see 'C' so happy on the go=cart!!!! OOO errrrrr! lol

katy said...

ok have put a reminder on me phone for the lights out.
ouch, have just read about the foot, and now you got to have a knee repalcement double ouch.
and love the photo of C

leslie said...

C looks SO happy - having a grand time! So sorry about the foot and the knee. Chronic pain is awful - I know cuz of my back. :D

Chris H said...

I am! I am... it's great to unwind once in a while and just chill out! Something I hardly ever do.... wine is nasty stuff! Me thinks I will pay for it tomorrow! Too bad....Stewy will be happy.

the mother of this lot said...

What a gorgeous photo - he looks so happy!

I don't drive either.

Kahless said...

Great photo.

We are turning the lights out at 8pm too in our household.

Bettina said...

argh! I forgot about the lights out thing. Damn. hold on. rightio, all off.

I'm sure you could get a rack built to hold your groceries! lol

DJ Kirkby said...

Well I guess you'd have to put the shopping the same palce you do now! What a fab pic of C! Such an amazing smile. We will be out for supper at 8 but Aunty Vix will have absolutly minimal lights on in our house on our behalf.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Brilliant photo! Not so brilliant about the knee however. I guess not having a car would be kinder to the environment but I'd be a bit stuck up here!

Crystal xx

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Oh what a light filled smile . . . a real beamer.

Now that is what I call appalling you have to wait until you are a bit more disabled before they do anything for your knee . . . doesn't that make you mad knowing that 'they' can actually help you with the pain, but choose to make you wait until it is 'bad' enough . . . grrrrrrrr

Kelley said...

oh look at his face! Pure joy!! I love seeing that look on Boo's face.

You can get a trailer for those go carts you know! I know a woman who has an adult tricycle with a two seater go cart attached to the back and a trailer! It is the funniest thing but she adores it.

Mima said...

Really sorry to hear about your leg and knee, and sounds like the ususal NHS stuff of you are not bad enough yet, so frustrating as by the time you are bad enough it is a really serious problem in all areas of your life, so wishing you luck with it.

Great photo of C he looks as if he is having a wonderful time (and with a helmet on too, maybe a gocart is the answer to the fitting problems!).

We have already been around turning all the plugs off today, and the lights will be going off at 8 pm - who needs lights anyway!!!

steve said...

We have already done the lights off thing here - Jack and Annie loved it! We read stories by candlelight.

Steve

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Fab photo! Have you thought about applying for DLA (mobility) in your own right? It's always difficult I think to see how much our own difficulties affect us, but from the outside perhaps it would be worth a try. BG x

Lady in red said...

I can sympathise with your problems with your foot. My mum has MS and has had a dropped foot for years (the only outwardly visible sign)over the years her knee became twisted from the odd way she walks. In January last year she finally got her knee replacement as she was in a lot of pain. She recovered very quickly from the operation but is still not walking properly 14 months later. It now seems that her problems are not due to the knee replacement but the weakness of her leg muscles that have not worked properly for years. she is now having physiotherapy to build up the muscles and she can now walk for a couple of hundred yards not using a stick.

I hope this is helpful to you to make sure you get the right help.

It is really good to see C looking so happy

Stinking Billy said...

You are one strong woman and I admire you for all sorts of reasons. I wonder whather your ex knows what he is missing?

Casdok said...

Lady in red, thats what has happened to my knee. I have no tentions down the fron of my leg from the accident, so i do physio exercises everyday.

SB Yes he does!!!

Debs said...

I love the photo of C, he looks so happy.

Sorry to hear about your knee, sounds damn sore.

My lights will be well and truly out, I've blogged about this too and think it's a great idea.

Dave Coulter said...

Nice photo! Ouch for your knee, and for the wait. Can't they do anything sooner??

Yes, lights out here, too. The city of Chicago is on board, too!

laughingwolf said...

if you can get the cart to meet road conditions, just attach a wee trailer for to haul shopping :)

Nancy said...

I don't recall seeing a more beautiful photo of C than this. He id most definitely having a grand time.

Just look at that smile!

And the helmet looks more friendly than others I have seen.

Beautiful photo!

Jayne said...

What an accomplishment! No fingers in the ears. :c) Yes, I can SO appreciate the small things as well.

Jim said...

Around 8 pm, I think my wife and I can do something without the lights. he he

Sorry about your legs. It seems that we all face disability in one form or another now matter how we look at it.

Jim

andrea said...

He does look very happy!

lime said...

oh goodness, that can't make anything any easier to deal with when you have your own physical difficulty to work around.

love the picture of c. the sheer joy on his face is delightful.

Ron said...

Morning Casdok~

Hey...thank you for the "lights out" reminder, because I DID forget!

Having moved to a city, I too no longer drive (although have a drivers license) and I REALLY like not having a car (or the car payment) and I'm also what you would call a "road rage person"...so it's really better if I'm not behind the wheel...tee-hee!

Oh, boy...when was a kid, Go Karts were the "thing" to have. I knew some kids who actually built their own! C DOES look SOOOO happy! You could always buy a little red wagon and hook it on the back of the Go Cart to put your shopping in (this is ALSO where you can put "extra" passengers)- HA!

A woman who works in the office where I volunteer, just recently had two knee replacements and she's doing sooo well, and is sooo happy she finally did it! She feels like a new person!

Enjoy your weekend, dear lady. And hello to C!

TEOM? said...

I am really looking forward to Earth Hour. My kids, not so much.

Real Live Lesbian said...

I love that photo! Happiness and joy for C? Worth every penny!

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

So sorry about your knee. But I think you are right about the go kart. That look is priceless!

Marla said...

Will do! That go cart looks fun. C is having a blast that much is for sure! Groceries....hmmmmm...there has to be a way.

Rhonda said...

This is a framer! What a wonderful picture of him!

Phoebe Gleeson said...

Great picture!

Rosie said...

lovely picture of C.
I look forward to a pic of you with gokart and shopping balanced on head

deb said...

He looks so happy. You definitely need to get a go kart.

Billy said...

Ouch. Sounds painful. Get the go-cart.

Thanks for the reminder of earth hour.

Niksmom said...

What a glorious picture of C!! Even with the lights out, his smile would light up the house. :-)

Sorry to hear about the knee...and more so about the need to wait until it's worse. Argh!

Mrs. C said...

Love the pic! That's not the helmet he was fitted for, is it? And how does he stay so thin?? He and my son G must be in the same secret club I want to be in.

ChainingMagic said...

C looks so happy! My kids love riding in carts. Sorry about your leg and knee, though.

Traceytreasure said...

Oh my, since I'm a new reader I had no idea about the accident. I'm so sorry to hear that you are in pain. Hopefully the new knee will help with that! "C" looks like he's having the time of his life! A go-kart would be so much fun for you both! You could always hold the groceries or put them in backpacks! I'm going to enjoy Earth Hour! I'm always more relaxed when the power goes out! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

Casdok said...

Mrs C, yes that is the fitted helmet that dosnt fit!! He stays so skinny because he basically dosnt eat. Im going to be doing a post on it soon.

Nancy said...

Hey! join the club... I'm waiting for knee replacement surgery too!

Ahhhhh what fun! ;-)

Wanna join me on the sofa in the mean time while we enjoy our pain together? lol

Odat said...

OK...I have about two hours to go and the lights will be out...thanks for the reminder...
Wow...yup, that's a priceless look on C's face! Wonderful!
Peace

Suzy said...

C looks really happy!!!!!!

It's a great photo of him.

I can just see the 2 of you chugging along in one of these....

Love to you and C

Suzy

Emily, as some know me said...

I'm sorry about your leg and your pain and the knee replacement, but I love that picture.

Elissa said...

That is the most gorgeous photo! (One of those that makes your heart 'sing'!)
xx

titration said...

I'm doing earth hour too. I'm going to read a book by candle light. :)

That cart look fun. :)

Ashley's Mom said...

I absolutely LOVE the look on C's face!! What a great smile!

Grit said...

what a beautiful smile, i'm smiling too.

you are a strong lady, and my aches and pains are humbled. !

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Poor you Casdok, that sounds very painful. I'm full of admiration for your continued good humour in spite of everything. M xx

Sandpiper said...

Hi Casdok, I'm sitting here in the dark, looking out my window at 8:05 pm and there isn't a light on in any of the neighbor's houses up and down the street during this Earth Hour.

It was interesting to read about your hike in the Himalayas and your accident. It sounds like you've really been through some rough stuff. I hope the new knee will help.

That's a wonderful picture of C, showing absolute joy on his face!!

Deb said...

I hope the hour makes an impact.

Sweet Irene said...

We don't have a car either, because of the expense of it, and get about by bike or public transportation and that works out just fine.

Sorry to hear about your bad leg. I didn't realize you had such a "handicap" to live with, although I hate to call it that, as much as I hate to call my bipolar disorder a mental illness.

C looks great and happy on the photograph and I bet it is moments like that that make it all worth while.

While I embrace Earth Hour, I hope all those people do their share the rest of the year too and try not to waste any precious energy the rest of the time.

lastcrazyhorn said...

Get a hitch and drag it behind you. :)

CrazyCath said...

Oh C DOES look like he is having a great time! He'll hold the basket, or use one of those ones that attach to wheelchairs? It might fit behind C.

I would struggle now with out my car I am so used to it, but if my child got distressed each time I went out or wanted put his head through a window, I'd sell it and go without. His safety and welfare first. Always.

Like you clearly show.

Honeysuckle said...

C's obviously having a great time - I wonder what element of the karting it is that gives him the enjoyment? - the air whooshing past his face? the speed? the movement? If there were just a way to bottle that experience and offer it by the spoonful...

Dunno how you do what you do without constantly complaining about the pain and the tiredness and all the other difficulties you face. I know that's what I'd be doing!

Douglas W said...

Thanks for a wonderful series of blog posts Casdok. I must go back to the beginning and start reading from the very first one...

One of my neighbours, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch (yes, Rupert Murdoch's mother) turned 99 a month ago and every time I have been to her place she gets around in a green golf buggy - plenty of room for the shopping and the occasional passenger.

Douglas W said...

PS... and I did turn the lights off last night... but I think I had so many candles burning that I probably emitted just as much greenhouse gas... so now I'm making up for it tonight and working by the light of the computer screen alone.

Lady in red said...

we did rememeber to turn the lights out thanks for reminding us.

You could always do what I am going to try for the first time and order my grceries online and have them delivered. I am hoping that doing that will stop me from buying 'extras'

baby~amore' said...

Sorry to hear of your pain and foot problems - are you being forced to wait of is it your choice.

C- does like he is having fun. Go Karts are a lot of fun.

I was out when earth hour was on but I plan to make up the time every week. Good for you.

J said...

Am feeling a bit guilty about not participating in Earth Hour. We'll try next time. Something tells me I'll get a reminder while reading a certain blog...

Thanks for sharing the photo of a very happy C and your (not so happy) story. I clicked on both of your links. What a story! You have quite the resilient spirit. Will have to go back to read some of your early posts. Sometimes I have trouble loading the comment box here, but I usually stop by for your perspective on "stuff". I do appreciate your blog. It inspires me to improve my own--speaking of which, thanks for your support this week. : )

My dad had a knee replacement surgery. Recovery was difficult, but you are much younger than he.

A Bishops Wife said...

For one thing.....

I am impressed with the "Hiking for disabled chilren" story! WOW!

This picture is worth milions! I love it. He is smiling so big.

GFCF Mommy said...

I really love the photo of your son. He looks so joyful!

This is a bit off topic, but I was not sure how to email you. I borrowed the "World Autism Day" image from your site and credited you with a link back to your blog. Let me know if that is ok, or not. I just loved the image and I think your writing is one of the best ways people can learn about autism.

Katherine

The Real Mother Hen said...

Ah!
I'll keep you in my prayer.

Palm Springs Savant said...

I participated in the Earth hour as well...heard about it from our friends at Google and thought it cool.

on another note, about 5 years ago i was hiking in Hawaii and cut my foot on some volcanic rock. To this day my foot aches and causes me pain. I might just have to blog about it next week...you've inspired me.

Pink Icing said...

A knee replacement??
Time to start looking after yourself. If you don't who else wil.....

FXSmom said...

I love C's smile!!

Tery said...

Thanks for stopping at my blog :) Your blog is wonderful. Looking forward to writing about autism starting tomorrow.

Your son looks very happy on that go-cart. That is awesome.

E said...

I know a half a dozen people who have new knees and they all to a one love them and had no trouble...good luck

Ellee Seymour said...

Wow, what a lot of comments. I'm afraid I forgot about the lights as I was visiting my mother and sister.
That's a really great pic of C. I hope you had a good weekend.

motherx said...

I did my bit!!! what a lovely picture of C. He looks really happy!
Thought you might like to ear about Ws latest obc. Its is tearing squares off one by one from a toilet roll! Takes such time over it...really amusing to watch.

my life with bipolar disorder said...

Great photo! Thanks for sharing :)

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Patti said...

I'm really sorry to read about your leg and knee and the constant pain.

I have some knee pain, too, but not as severe as what you describe. I had arthroscopic surgery on one, and now 5 years later the other one is getting there.
That photo of C makes me smile!

Must admit I forgot all about Earth Hour yesterday.

Take care, Casdok
;-)

Maureen said...

We had lights out here too...

Sorry to hear about your knee. And you're right, when we have to, we get used to nearly anything life has to throw at us.

Love the photo... Looks like a great time!!!

Angela said...

Ouch.
Public transport can be a pain, but I am thankful for it.

Sandy C. said...

So glad you posted about this :) We took part last night and had everything off! Hope you had a lovely weekend. Love the pic :)

Stimey said...

What a great photo! He looks so happy. And so handsome!

Akelamalu said...

What a great photo of your son!

Just wanted to say I had a total knee replacement in February 2007 after living in pain for a long time and difficulty walking. It was the best thing I ever did - I'm even able to dance again now! I've had to work hard at building the muscles up again but it is so worth it.

vivavavoom said...

that is a great picture of C. you may start a trend by getting one of these. I mean, you can just say you are going very green! Why would they have to wait til you are more debilitated? for insurance purposes? you are in pain now.

mommy~dearest said...

What a fabulous picture!

JUST A MOM said...

oh my so many comment great... look at his face that is so nice to see I can only imagine how you feel about it.