Hors de combat

Hors de combat (French: [ɔʁ də kɔ̃ba]; lit. ‘out of combat’)

I have been out of action for a couple of days. These days, I don’t often get migraines, but when I do, it’s a doozy. Sorry about the radio silence, but I was barely functional. Nurse Mouse was supervising me throughout, so I was in good paws, even if it meant that the available space in the bed was somewhat reduced… I’m through the worst of it now, so normal service will resume shortly.

I’m watching you. Lie still and be good.

Mouse appears to feel that the overtime he put in merits double helpings of frozen chicken necks. We are in negotiations…

I’m also doing something about the endless time this ankle is taking to heal. Tomorrow I have an x-ray and ultrasound scheduled, with a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon in the pipeline. My doctor agrees that it’s taking too long and is still too painful. In a sense, a swift spot of surgery would be welcome if it means reducing the endless hobbling about. We shall see.

Funny. I can be endlessly patient when I’m making stuff, but when it comes to my body mending itself, I’m constantly wishing things would just get a move on.

So, just a bit more Hurry Up and Wait…



74 thoughts on “Hors de combat

  1. Claire says:

    good luck for tomorrow, Kate!

  2. Bear says:

    I’ll be praying for you, your healing, and the doc visit. Mr. Mouse is being quite the little helper, I’m sure. Kudoos, Mouse! 🙂 As I get older it seems it takes longer for me to heal as well. I bathe cuts and scrapes in peroxide daily (this seems to help) and keep my feet in the air as much as possible so they don’t swell. Feet in air usually means that I’m knitting, crocheting, or hand sewing something.

  3. Very sorry about the Migraine…and hope for good news about your foot. I am glad mouse is being so attentive, pet therapy is very good medicine!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is excellent company when you’re sick. He’ll lie still and sleep if you need to be quiet, but will submit graciously to lots of ear scratching and tummy tickling if you want companionship!

  4. tialys says:

    Migraines are hideous things – my brother used to get them when we were children and he would bang his head against the wall during the night which seemed counter productive to me. Poor little thing. If I get them I only get the flashing lights but an ibuprofen and closing my eyes sees it gone in 10 minutes,
    I hope your scan is helpful tomorrow. I wouldn’t usually wish surgery on anybody but if that resolves it more quickly for your then it might be the best way to go for you. Good luck xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I understand your brother very well. I’m old enough to realise that’s not a useful therapy, but there are times when I’m tempted. Xrays and scans are done, results should be in tomorrow or the day after. If I need to see a specialist, hopefully it won’t take too long…

  5. Sharon says:

    Thank you for the update on your progress or no to slow progress – will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. craftycreeky says:

    Fingers crossed with the appointment tomorrow, hope you get some answers or at least a plan x

    • katechiconi says:

      It does seem as if the ultrasound lady had something to interest her, but of course they don’t tell you anything. I should find out in the next couple of days.

  7. You really are having a challenging time – migraines are hideous – thank goodness you are through the worst. Good luck tomorrow.

  8. Dayphoto says:

    Good Luck tomorrow, Kate. We all will be praying for you.

  9. Ah Kate, no fun all round. So sorry to hear all this. It sounds like you’ve made a good call to have an xray, and if surgery is required then we must just be grateful for modern medicine. I broke my left foot a few years ago, but was busy with work and being a single parent, so kept telling myself for three weeks that the swelling and bruising would eventually sort itself out. Eventually my line manager drove me to the radiologist herself. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

    • katechiconi says:

      Initially, we both thought it was just another bad sprain, but when we saw it the next morning, hugely swollen and black and green, it was obvious someone needed to take a look. Trouble is, x-rays don’t show ligament damage, and today’s ultrasound should hopefully clear that issue up.

  10. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Sending along some 👼 messages of healing & 💕 to all.

  11. magpiesue says:

    Here’s hoping for results that will turn into a healing plan that speeds up the process a bit. I was wondering about the radio silence. Having to have my eyes examined today; not looking forward to the toxic fumes that will be unavoidable and the recovery period to follow.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh lord, I hope you’re OK after the toxic blast! As for the ankle, a spot of quick surgery would be favourite, with recovery time speeded up from this interminable hobbling!

  12. Terri says:

    So sorry to hear you’re ankle is taking so long to heal and having to deal with a migraine on top of it. I hope you feel better very soon and I’m glad Mouse is there for you.

  13. Marty K says:

    Gee whiz — that’s adding insult to injury! Hope you get some good info from the scans.

    (Mr. Mouse, I’m on your side — chicken necks for everyone!)

    • katechiconi says:

      Yeah, I thought it was a bit rude myself! Mouse has been indulged with both chicken necks AND cheese cubes, so harmony has been restored. Now to wait for the scan results!

  14. I hope your migraine goes away! Those can be life halting for sure. You poor thing!! I will be thinking of you❤️❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      They generally take a couple of days, with a light-sensitive ‘hangover’ for another day after that, but I’m all good now. And thankfully it doesn’t happen very often. I just wanted to explain why I hadn’t been commenting, and that i hadn’t fallen off the planet!

  15. Hope you get some answers and are well again soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, me too! Luckily we have insurance, so whatever it is, I can deal. Migraines are few and far between these days, so that’s just a case of grin and bear it. Thank you!

  16. I’m glad that nurse Mouse has been taking care of you. I can’t believe that you are still suffering with your ankle, so I hope that the referral etc means you get it sorted out very soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was a bit staggered when I realised myself, and my GP agrees it’s far too long for a simple sprain. Things are in motion now, so hopefully we’ll see some progress.

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    So sorry to hear this. I never had migraine but I know from some people it is really bad and painful. Luckily you had Mouse to look after you. I’m sure it helped feeling a bit better:D Take care !

  18. kymlucas says:

    I was wondering if you’re ok. Glad you’re on the mend and taking steps to, well, take steps again ❤️

  19. anne54 says:

    Oh, Kate, what a difficult time you are having with your health. I hope the doctor can give you some good news today. Hopefully it won’t be surgery, but if it is necessary…..Sending you hugs. xox

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it’s pretty boring. Not least because I can’t drive so I can’t get anywhere unaided. Next steps will have to wait till the results are in, but with luck we’ll be able to put a plan together. Hugs always appreciated!

  20. Emmely says:

    Migraines suck. I only get the aura for a couple of minutes but that already leaves me drained. I hope you get some good news about your feet, it is taking very long!

    • katechiconi says:

      2 days is about normal for me. I get a warning it’s coming, which helps, and although i feel very tired and light-sensitive the day after, I’m fine after that. You’re right about it taking too long for my feet to mend. But I’m on the case, and hopefully there will be a solution soon.

  21. You have so had a rough time of it. Hopefully this too will pass in the best of possible ways. Thumbs up and Good Dog to Mouse 🐾 Take care ♡

  22. nanacathy2 says:

    Migraines are horrible so I really sympathise with you. Pleased your ankle is going to be looked at and hoping there is a solution. Good luck.

  23. Really sorry to hear about the migraine but glad Mouse took good care of you. Hope the news about your foot is good. It must be so frustrating to be in pain and unable to walk properly for such a long time and progress to be so slow.

  24. Oy vey. I am also regularly kidnapped by migraines. So are my spouse and children. Medication doesn’t seem to do much to stop them. A neurologist said, jokingly, that we have them because we’re too white. Apparently Northern European ancestry is a main indicator for those most likely to suffer from migraines. Our DNA tests show no intriguing mid-Eastern genes, no sign of the alleged Cherokee great-grandmother my husband’s family insisted was real, not one welcome trace of diversity in our genes. (Fist shake to ancestors!)

    • Hope your head and your ankle start behaving themselves very soon!

      • katechiconi says:

        The head has already got back into line, and hopefully the ankle will follow after a talking to by someone or other. Whether it involves surgery or intensive physical therapy remains to be seen.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a dollop of Eastern Europe but apart from that am depressingly northern European. I inherited the migraine gene from my mother, along with breast cancer and thick ankles. I guess it could have been worse… At least I didn’t also get the red hair and milk white skin!

  25. kathyreeves says:

    Hope you are feeling better today, Kate!

  26. Glad you are doing better on both counts. How you manage the dog walking and getting yourself to the doctor is a thought that makes me worry about you a bit. I’m happy to hear Mr. Mouse is so attentive and understanding. I’ve had migraines and never want another. Not good that the ankle is taking so long. I’m glad to hear they are taking another look. Don’t worry about us. We will be patient for you and with you. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is getting shorter walks, to be sure, but I am taking him out. I can manage a kilometre (just over half a mile) and have a couple of circuits worked out that will bring us home before things get too painful. It’s enough for him to sniff out all the news, get some exercise and do his business. I schedule my doctor visits for when the Husband is around!

  27. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a migraine. I’m on week 2 of off and on migraines; totally weather induced so I can sympathize. Hope that ankle gets better soon.

  28. Steph says:

    I don’t know if you’re hors de combat – I would say you’re “in the wars”!

    That’s terrible. Thank goodness for Mouse. Do you think he senses when you’re unwell? I think Shinee does, but I’m probably just projecting.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is definitely more attentive when I’m feeling crappy, especially if I’m in bed. Whether he feels sympathy I don’t know; perhaps he just sees it as a ‘more-strokies’ opportunity!

  29. Chris S in Canada says:

    Migraines – I hates ‘em! I too am Northern European. And got them from my mum who got them from her mum. My 3 sisters had/have them as well as my daughter, granddaughter and grandson. Oh man, thanks gramma. And like Carol Andrews (above) my biggest trigger is weather changes – which have been going on for the last nearly 4 months without a break.

    I hope things have gone well and you got some answers that will get you back on track with the least possible trouble.

    Give Nurse Mouse a tummy scratch from me for looking after you so well

    • katechiconi says:

      It does seem to come down through the maternal line a lot more… I had scans, have results – no surgery required 🙂 – physiotherapy lined up and also unexpectedly got my Covid-19 shot on Friday afternoon. It’s been busy!

  30. cedar51 says:

    sorry behind again – this last week basically most days “off edge” and not particularly on the “top edge” yet. But being “Late” means I see the results and suggested Treatment for your Ankle – take care

  31. Debbierose says:

    Glad your on the mend, and your Nurse Mouse is extremely dutiful with lovely soulful eyes

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