Back on the Pregabalin. After a couple of days the woozy lightheaded feeling passed and I regained my faculties. I also lost much of the chronic pain I was feeling before. Clearly the doc was right and it was originating in my back, not my legs. Science is a wonderful thing. I still feel the grating pain in my knees, but it seems less debilitating and I can walk further now. With the use of my beautiful crocodile and snake carved walking stick from Solomon Islands I am venturing around the community more. The uneven ground is why I need the stick. A misstep causes me to stagger and nearly fall when my knee gives way. There are no paved surfaces here.
I have set up a gym kitset on the deck outside, and in the evening when it is a little cooler (and when there is no one around to watch) I do a few upper body exercises for half an hour or so.
The problem with walking and exercise in general here is that the temperatures are now already reaching 40 degrees C during the day and will soon be going higher. Neither Zeus the dog nor I are overly keen to venture out in the blazing heat. Neither are the children after school, so I am having a fairly quiet time. I see some of them for a while in the evening and we talk about the things they want to do, and what we shall do soon but they are not very interested in my company once they learn I can no longer take them out bush or anywhere else in the troopy.
We had an edict from on high a week or two back advising us that we were no longer to transport anyone in the back of the troopies and only one passenger was to be in the front passenger seat using the lap and diagonal seat-belt. It seems that liability issues are catching up. I know Northern Territory has already outlawed the troopy with sideways seats in the rear. Lap only seat-belts are not acceptable either. It has always been a concern with me, and I have always driven most carefully whenever I have youngsters with me anyway. The consequences of harming someone are unthinkable.
I have always known my main value to most of the youngsters was that I was a means of transport for them to get to the bush for bush tucker or to the lake for a swim and to football games. I hope I can re-engage with them once I have all the new toys and kit I am expecting. Meantime I guess I have a little time on hand to get on with my study for Cert IV in training and assessment. I have now completed successfully six of the papers. Four to go.
As a diversion I am spending half an hour a day learning Irish. For no other reason than it is the greatest challenge I can think of at present. And because it is a beautiful sounding language. And because otherwise I would probably go spare alone every evening here. Doubling the dose of my fluoxetine has certainly helped me to cope better with that.
On the wildlife front, the King Brown snakes are out and about. There are quite a few young ones recently hatched too. There are bush turkeys gathering in expectation of the plague of locusts that will likely hatch as soon as the rains set in and the vegetation starts growing again.