Organising, socialising and remembering

Yes, it’s a bit of a mixed bag today.

Organising. Well. I got my scan results and I don’t need surgery, I’ve started physiotherapy (which is already helping) and I’m told it’ll take another 8 weeks or so but I should be walking normally again. I’ve booked a recommended hydrocortisone injection into my heel, but think that I may be cancelling it if the exercises continue to improve matters, as it’s both painful and not always effective. I was surprised to be offered my first Covid-19 vaccination on Friday (I thought it’d take a while longer), so of course I jumped at it. I’ve done a lot of reading and considering, and am happy with my decision to take it. I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones that got a few unpleasant side effects (aching bones, chills, fever, fatigue), but it lasted just a couple of days.

Socialising. Mouse has a lady friend in the neighbourhood called Lotti. She’s a small, pretty fine-boned white and tan/brindle greyhound who lives just a few streets away, and Lotti’s mum and I are good friends. Every few weeks (when the Husband is free on a Friday morning) we have the Happy Grey Social Club Coffee Morning. We meet at a local café, bring the doggos, their blankets and bowls, and the Staffs have coffee and the Greys have puppacinos. They attract a lot of admiring attention as they lounge about looking elegant, the café staff love them, they love the staff because they know where the puppacinos come from, and a good time is had by all. I thought you’d enjoy seeing Miss Lotti, who is clearly a girly girl – check out that collar 🙂 ❤

Finally, Remembering. Today is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Today I also remember my grandfather and father, who served in the First and Second World Wars. The tradition is to attend a Dawn Service at your local war memorial, but last year the pandemic prevented us doing so and the nation lit up the dawn with lights at the end of their driveways and in their windows. This year most of us are once again permitted to attend an official ceremony, but as I’m still unable to drive to get there, I created my own Light at Dawn memorial, and Stood To at dawn to observe it as the Last Post was played all around the nation. You see here my grandfather’s war medals, including the Military Cross for Conspicuous Gallantry, and the Husband’s slouch hat from his 20 years of service in the Army reserves.

Lest We Forget

57 thoughts on “Organising, socialising and remembering

  1. magpiesue says:

    So glad for the good report on the foot. Will you need the second jab of covid vaccine? Hubby had his first; the word is the reaction can be worse after the second dose. He did fine the first time around. Miss Lotti is lovely. She *looks* very feminine! I honor you for honoring your veterans.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I’ll need a second jab. The story we have here is that reaction is worse on the first one with AZ and on the second with Pfizer. Now I know it’s coming, i can be prepared, and to be honest, a couple of days of feeling a bit crappy is a small price to pay. I shall be interested to see how the Husband reacts; generally, his immune system is far stronger than mine. His first shot is in a couple of days’ time.

  2. I had wanted to email you again to ask about your injuries, but didn’t want to hassle you. Yay for no surgery, and yay for radiology and physiotherapists. This is all very positive news.
    Miss Lotti looks very sweet, especially in her relaxed mode on her patchwork blankie. (Is it her own, or is she aiming to snuggle closer to Mouse?)
    That’s a beautiful tribute, Kate. Thank you for sharing it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, that’s her very own blankie, hand made by her mum. She’s a stylish young lady! It was rather a soggy Anzac dawn today, a fine steady mist of rain as I stood under my umbrella. Never mind, we need it!

  3. The prognosis that you will be back to normal without surgery must be reassuring, even if it is still a couple of months away. I am so sorry to read about the migraines too.
    We’re in a short (I hope) lockdown, so all dawn services were cancelled. I can only wear my fabulous crocheted poppies about the house today. 😦
    I thought the vaccine would be a while away for me too, but I think my group is up next. I will get it as soon as it is offered, but as my granny has not had hers yet (something was said about waiting for the army to visit her nursing home!), I assumed I had a while to wait.

    • katechiconi says:

      I suspect I got it earlyish because my immune system is a bit broken and because I’m now over 60. But then the Husband’s getting his this week, so I’m not sure how that works… Anyway, it wasn’t a whole heap of fun but I’m glad I’ve had it!

  4. Emmely says:

    Great news about no surgery, although 8 weeks is stil pretty long. With surgery it probably would not have been much shorter though since that still requires time to heal.
    I am jealous about your vaccine! I still have to wait until July if not longer. Some of our lockdown restrictions are being lifted later in the week but it feels a bit too early. The situation in the hospitals is far from great (probably even worse than when this lockdown started in December) and below 60 years hardly anyone has gotten a vaccine yet. Above 60 it’s better but there are still many unvaccinated people and most of those have only had a single dose so far. Side effects are good in this case, your body is practising for the real thing!

    • katechiconi says:

      I keep trying to tell myself that side effects are good, but somehow it wasn’t that convincing at the time! I’m very relieved about no surgery; we have a short trip planned for next month which would have had to be cancelled if I’d been on crutches once again. And the physiotherapy has worked surprisingly quickly, which is a relief.

  5. Good news about the foot and happy first shot is over with. Apparently if u drink a lot of water & have Panadol before the shot it makes it easier…. this is from a friend who has had both her Pfizer shots and works for a doc…. said she didn’t have too many symptoms… but that was for Pfizer and not AZ …
    Lotti is definitely a little princess 👑
    And we went to 8.30 Mass this morning… we sang the national anthem as the final hymn and I feel very very blessed be in this beautiful country 😍🙏😍

    • katechiconi says:

      I already had Panadol on board and did indeed drink a lot, but it didn’t stop the side effects. Look, they weren’t fun, but they definitely weren’t as bad as either flu or Covid. Plus it only last 1.5 days! I had the AZ, which is theoretically fine because I’m 60. Lotti is a lovely girl, but very vocal compared with Mouse. It’s fun to see them together, such a contrast between big, muscular, silent Mouse and small, delicate, talky Lotti.

  6. Happy to hear your good news, especially on the foot. I certainly can imagine Mouse and Miss Lotti getting lots of attention. How cool you found another greyhound rescuer to hang out with.

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it? I know there must be more in Mackay because GAP told us that they send a lot of greys to their forever homes in Mackay. I just have to work out a way to locate them!

  7. Such good news about the foot – a long haul but worth it in the end – so good to find the best way forward. I had a similar reaction to you with the first AZ jab. I think it is such an amazing miracle that we are all getting the jab so soon, I’ll take the side effects. Keep looking after that foot. ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      I totally agree. Two days of feeling a bit crumby vs getting Covid seems like a very simple choice. And the foot is finally at a point where I can tell it’s improving daily.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    So glad you had Good news re the foot. And you had your vaccination . My second dose is on Tuesday, I had the Pfizer. one with no ill effects. How lovely to enjoy coffee out with the dogs. It’s important that we never forget!

    • katechiconi says:

      Over 50s aren’t offered the Pfizer here unless they’re essential workers so I was always going to get the AZ, and as I’ve said elsewhere, the side effects are a small price to pay. The foot is coming along nicely, too. So lovely to give the doggos a nice social outing, it’s lovely to see them meeting lots of new people.

  9. tialys says:

    I have to say the U,K, is doing a sterling job with the vaccine rollout – something to be proud of after the bad start. Anyway, I had the first AZ vaccine with only a tingly arm for a couple of days after – same with husband and one daughter who somehow managed to get one in her 20s. Yes, the AZ vaccine isn’t supposed to cause so many reactions with the second dose so you should be fine next time.
    Good news for no surgery and for the physio that seems to be working so, hopefully, no nasty injection will be needed.
    How great that you found a friend with a grey and who is a quilter! Serendipity for sure.
    You arranged a lovely solo tribute to the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand as well as to your own personal heroes.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, the UK is doing a fantastic job with the vaccinations; that’s what you get when you put a venture capitalist in charge of the rollout. They’re used to taking risks speculatively, which is why you have the vaccines you need right now, instead of having to wait for them. That reminds me, I think I’d better cancel that hydrocortisone injection. Anytime I’ve had one in the past it was pretty nasty and didn’t do that much good, and the physio is definitely paying off. To be honest, Lotti and Mouse mostly ignore each other, but they’re quite calm and comfortable with each other, which means their Staffs can have a nice comfortable coffee sesh.

  10. claire93 says:

    I’ve heard that recovery from ankle surgery can last a very long time, so pleased to hear you’re avoiding that and going for physio instead!
    How lovely for Mouse to have such an elegant ladyfriend, who obviously loves patchworkers too!
    And pleased to hear you got the jab. The husband was given Pfizer (has had both jabs) and felt no side effects. I’m waiting my turn – and my first appointment is end of May, which will come round eventually.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I must admit my heart sank when surgery was first raised, so it’s a huge relief to find that simple physio is doing such a great job of strengthening damaged ligaments. It’s fun for the Grey Staffs to have a get together while our doggos are having a post-puppacino snooze. The café has great coffee, too, so that’s a bonus. My second shot isn’t until July, so even if I get side effects with that one too, it’s a way off. Small price to pay for immunity, I’d say.

  11. Glad to hear that there is no need for surgery and that physio is helping. Miss Lotti is lovely and it is great that both doggies and staff are friends. I remember you mentioning Anzac Day before – well done for devising your own way of marking it when you couldn’t get to the official one.

    • katechiconi says:

      Anzac Day is very important here, much more so, I’d say, than Remembrance Sunday in the UK. Tomorrow is a public holiday as the day itself fell on Sunday this year. Lotti is very pretty, but far more vocal than Mouse, so I definitely prefer my lovely silent black shadow ❤

  12. Sharon says:

    Glad to read you don’t need surgery and are on your way to a successful healing. Lotti is adorable. Mouse must be in love and anxious for date day each week 🙂 how fun!

    • katechiconi says:

      Strictly between us, Mouse finds Lotti a bit ‘talkative’ and fussy, but they’re very sweet together, the contrast is quite striking! I wish we *could* get together each week, but the Husband’s shifts don’t work out that way, so it tends to be a monthly outing.

  13. Caroline says:

    I’m pleased you’ve had your first jab, even with a bit of side effects. I’ve had both my Pfizer jabs now with no more than a sore arm for 12 hours – although I read something the other day that we may well have to have a third jab sometime in the autumn. The research shows amazing results from the jabs thank goodness.

  14. kymlucas says:

    Lotto is lovely! So glad about the good news on your foot and that your vaccine reaction has subsided.

  15. Marty K says:

    A beautiful and meaningful tribute for Anzac Day, Kate. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    Glad that you won’t need surgery and that the PT is helping. Glad, too, that you were able to get your first vaccination — the vaccinations are so important for herd immunity.

    It’s nice to see that Mouse has such a lovely ladyfriend. The foster puppies send lots of nose-licks (they’re behemoths — 8-week size at only 4-1/2 weeks and mamadog is pretty much over the whole thing).

    • katechiconi says:

      Gosh, those puppies sound like they’d be a real handful, I don’t blame mamadog at all!

      • Marty K says:

        Truth be told, I’m getting kind of over it too — especially after the “jail break” yesterday morning. They managed to get out of their enclosure and proceeded to run around the living room/dining room doing what puppies do (and then running through it). Time to get the carpet cleaned. Again. Fortunately for them, they’re too stinkin’ cute to get mad at.

      • katechiconi says:

        Isn’t that *why* baby animals are cute? So we won’t mind wiping up the poop so much? 😉

  16. Hooray for Physio! I hope the trend continues and your ankle healing speeds up!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it already has, I can go much longer now before it starts to hurt, and I can raise up on my toes once again, which I haven’t been able to do for weeks!

  17. Chris S in Canada says:

    I am so glad to hear the good news all the way around, medically speaking.
    Lotti is lovely and I’m sure she and Mouse enjoy their time together. Sounds like the Staff do as well.
    That tradition of a dawn service sounds so heartfelt. It is a real commitment and that makes it more meaningful. I will think about doing something similar at the end of my driveway this November. Perhaps will spread the word here, especially if we are still unable to gather.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Dawn Service is a very significant tradition to Australians; you’ll see all kinds of people turning out in the small hours, from elders to quite tiny children, standing quietly and respectfully to pay honour to the fallen. Every small town has its war memorial, and every small town its ceremony. They are not forgotten.

  18. Dayphoto says:

    I’m glad about the news of your foot. YAY! Take it easy and let it all come together healed 🙂 Praying for you!

  19. Glad you are on the mend. Felt a bit teary thinking of you making your own Light at Dawn memorial, and you standing to.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the least I can do. I’m the grandchild of a man who carried a comrade to safety under heavy fire. Anything I can achieve in this life pales by comparison.

  20. anne54 says:

    Let me add my congrats on not needing surgery. And thumbs up to the physiotherapist ~ aren’t they wonderful at fixing broken bits? My vaccine appointment is still off in mid-May, which means I have to put off the flu vaccine until after. Our rollout has been such a schmozzle ~ sigh.
    Lotti looks like such a sweetie, and people must do a double take when they see Mouse and Lotti together. I met a little dachshund the other day who had the sweetest nature. I was quite smitten.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was told I could have the flu shot before or after, just wait two weeks between them. I chose the Covid one on the basis that the disease is more lethal. The Husband’s had his flu shot already and is just waiting to clear the 2 week boundary before he gets his Covid shot.
      Mouse isn’t a snuggly dog, so I don’t think he’ll ever be cuddling up to Lotti, but they’re much more comfortable together now than they were at first, and you’re right, they make a visually striking pair.

  21. Good news on no surgery. Glad the physio is helping. Lotti definitely is a pretty girly doggo! She and Mouse are both attractive! I also got my first shot (Pfizer) on Friday. Felt chilled and had to have a nap but it’s all good now.

  22. Bear says:

    What a wonderful way to honor the fallen. Brings tears to my eyes. Service is very much a fam trad For us, too. Every generation, every war… And in the case of the US war for independence and the civil war on both sides. We light a candle on Memorial Day Eve and it burns through the night and til sunset on Memorial Day. We also hang a yellow ribbon on front door (We don’t have a tree) and display our flag
    It’s celebrated more than Christmas .

    • katechiconi says:

      My serving forebears go back to the Crimean War. Past that, I don’t have any history. It just makes me humble that those young men fought in circumstances unspeakably grim, which would break my and subsequent generations’ spirits, yet they shouldered the burden and carried on.

  23. So much good news. I wanted to ask about it but thought I’d better wait until I caught up a little with my reading here. So now I know. I agree about the shot in the heel. I had one and it hurt like the dickens and did no good at all. I love that Mouse has a lady friend. Friends are important and you are friends too with her mum. Good you are getting out for a little fun for all of you. By the way, has anyone heard from Miss C?

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m actually going to be able to do my tai chi class on my feet tomorrow, instead of just waving my arms about in a chair. Whether I’ll be able to do everything is debatable, but I’ll have a darn good try. I’ve heard nothing from Miss C. It’s a bit concerning, but if she’s flat out, the last thing she needs is loads of queries to deal with. I’m sure she’d find a way to let us know if there was something she wanted to share with us…

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