Drop Foot Murphys..

Drop foot. The bane of my life at the moment.

Well, last post I said it was set to be the year of the Dog – but clearly not the year of the Blog as it’s been almost a month since I last wrote anything.  I have already taken in a Ferocious Dog gig this year though (and another to come on Saturday!) so at least my post back on the 2nd wasn’t lying!

I have been holding true to my photo a day promise – I’ve been posting them on Facebook and I suppose really I should have been posting them on here as an excuse to keep the blog live, but well, I haven’t.  So if you’re not my friend on Facebook and you’re really curious about what imagery I’ve used to represent each day you can look at the pictures via iCloud by clicking on this link.  I might do monthly summaries on the blog.  Or I might not!

One thing I do want to do is include the captions I used on Facebook on my iCloud images – I will get around to doing that sooner or later.

Since last updating I suppose there are two things that have loomed large aside from the usual suspects of work, football and music – one is the commencement of ‘bastard foot’ – basically, without going into tedious detail, I’m suffering from ‘drop foot’ – which is caused my either a trapped or injured nerve either in my leg or my spine, and it means I can’t lift my foot upwards (dorsiflex), and have lost sensation in my upper foot / lower shin.

An odd sensation for sure – and deeply frustrating as it makes walking awkward and running nigh on impossible meaning I can’t play football, most frustrating.  Through various means I’ve consulted with an Osteopath, my doctor, a neurologist and a physio and frustratingly the prognosis is ‘be patient and it will sort itself out’ – for an impatient person like me that’s the last thing I want to hear!

One positive though is something I’ve taken up in the new year doesn’t require me to be able to run – I bought a guitar to try to challenge the negative perception that “I can’t do music” I’ve always reinforced.  I’ve been making slow but steady progress – admittedly I’m learning “String x, fret y, finger z” rather than notes and chords, but I can chuck out a few familiar riffs and things which has given me pleasure.

Initially I wanted to go it alone and see how I got on – so I’ve been using Guitarsmith – a game for the PS3 into which you can plug a real guitar, as well as looking up tabs on the Internet.  At the moment aside from a few songs I’ve taken to I’ve been perhaps rushing through the game elements, so at some point I’ll need to add a bit of structure to learning, particularly around chords and movement between them – but I’m in no rush, and I’m enjoying myself!

… also the new Dropkick Murphys album is dead good 🙂

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