Well, the lovely news is that someone I have never met sponsored me after reading the article in The Informer. This is the comment she left:
“12.03.11 Hi Nicky, i read about your fundraising in the informer and am keen to sponser you as my mother had and brother has EB.Mum died a few years ago , but my brother is fit and well (he struggles with his feet)and running his own civil engineering business”
Thank you so much!
So that was the up. The down? I’ve done something to my right knee and it does not feel good.
I did my long run yesterday, which was boring but fine (I confess that I got so bored I phoned home with a couple of miles to go to ask for a lift, but got told firmly to carry on!). I eventually grumped my way home about 10 billion minutes later, feeling tired but otherwise okay and headed for the shower.
It was a couple of hours later that I realised my knee felt a bit tight and uncomfortable but not until I knelt on the floor (to look at a friend’s baby stick insects, naturally) that I realised Houston, I had a problem. Luckily I managed to get back up almost instantly using the sofa as leverage but over the next 2 hours my knee swelled up and felt very soft and squidgy to touch which I’m assuming is Not a Good Thing.
The swelling subsided quickly and now my knee looks pretty much normal but I can still tell it’s squidgy if I prod it. It’s uncomfortable when I bend it more than a few degrees so getting down on the floor is only possible if I can use furniture to lower myself down and hoick myself back up and I have to sit with my leg almost straight out in front of me, like it’s a comedy prop and someone is about to come riding along on a bike, carrying a watermelon, ready to somersault over the leg, into a truck full of chickens and probably through a pane of glass that 2 men will be coincidentally be carrying through the room.
My knee doesn’t hurt but it definitely lets me know if I try to move in a way it doesn’t want to – going up or down stairs requires both feet going on each step in the way toddlers do. I tried to self-diagnose the injury using the trusty internet but I’m very squeamish about the insides of knees (my knee cap has shifted out of place for a split second a couple of times in the past then popped back into place, and the pain is awful – worse than anything else I’ve ever felt. Can’t remember which knee it is though) and even the thought of knee problems makes me feel more than slightly sick, so I had to stop looking. Any idea what’s wrong with it, and what the best treatment is?
I’ll have to see a doctor about it but in the meantime running is definitely out, and I think the exercise bike at the gym might involve more leg-bending than feels comfortable. So swimming it is!
I can still walk, so even if running is out of the question for a little while I will still be completing the marathon, just at a slightly slower pace than I hoped for.
Joke time: How do pirates know they’re pirates? They think therefore they aaarrrrrrr!
Please send me reassuring comments and advice…about the knee situation that is, not about the standard of my jokes!