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The Muses of Jim


Betty continues to amaze me with her spirit, and determination to lead as normal a life as possible. Even the fact that now she has to use a wheelchair on occasions has not defeated her. When people ask her how she is she is always cheerful and positive. She puts me to shame. She is still the rock that holds the family together, whereas I feel as if I am on a rollercoaster with no control at all and I feel helpless so I just do as Betty tells me as always! Betty is giving me more responsibility, sending me


out on solo shopping trips, even to places as far away as Redcar, admittedly with a handwritten shopping list. Thus armed I venture out with a growing confidence. Mind you I did recently suffer a shock in the local supermarket in Saltburn, when I discovered Adult Cereals on the top shelf. I imagined topless cornflakes or even pornflakes and the like but was disappointed to discover it was all to do with roughage. The NHS continues to surprise me. Betty is under-


going a course of acupuncture which she finds very soothing and because I am classed as her carer I was allowed to have four sessions. I had been having difficultly sleeping as one can imagine but after my four sessions I am sleeping like a baby. I don’t know how it works, but it does. Lying awake in the early hours unable to sleep is no fun, for at that time the future looks grim. Once Betty finishes this course of acupuncture she is going to try a course of Reiki. Last week Betty and I celebrated our 48th wedding


The Rose Garden


anniversary, and therefore we have known each other for fifty years, half a century, and over the recent weeks I have cast my mind back over the years. Unfortunately, Betty has always been very camera shy so I don’t have many photographs to look at therefore I only have my memories to treasure. Now on to our new adventure. Our youngest


daughter Lisa is hopefully going to fly in a hot air balloon this month. This will be about her fifth attempt to fly. High winds stopped each other attempt. Betty has travelled each time to see her daughter go up and had to return home disappointed. This time will be different. Instead of travelling by train over the high Pennines Lisa will come and collect the pair of us and take us to the Lake District, where we will hopefully see Lisa rise above into the air. We will than spend a night at Grange over Sands, hopefully in an establishment that will cater for my special needs and then we will visit Wastwater, Betty’s favourite stretch of water in the Lakes, no tourists with the latest fashions in outdoor gear and no mud on their boots, lovely. Thus another item on the Bucket will be ticked off.


On a more personal level I have been having a


Vegetarian B&B ‘Stay somewhere special’


rather rough time at the moment, because of a heart condition, even Betty was surprised I actually had a heart, I can only drink three pints of liquid a day. It appears I have a problem as my body seems to like storing water, but with a change of medication and the three pint regime I have already lost 12 pounds in 14 days.


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