Keeping your feet

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Well, this feels miraculous. My legs have come back again. I can walk easily and I want to walk. It’s those beach stairs that have done it. I did three circuits (down/up, down/up etc) today, for the first time. I probably could have done four. This is amazing progress from three months ago.

I thought I was destined for a wheelchair a few years ago. The loss of muscle was not sudden. It’s been progressive for years. In London in 2008, although I was walking all day, I was struggling to get up stairs. Just shows, a bit of extra effort pays off.

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I’ve been seeing Silver Chain every second day and the left leg looks healed, the right is getting better. The depth of the ulcer is reducing.

I told the nurse yesterday that because I have to keep the dressings dry, my feet  haven’t been washed for a week or more. So she washed them for me, kneeling on the floor.

I should have made the joke: How’s your Biblical memory? Who was that bloke who knelt and washed Peter’s feet? Used to be a carpenter but had a run-in with the boss. Then got hit with nail guns. About 2013 years ago. Oh, what was his name?

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I’ve thrown about 1,000 slides (in their pages) in the rubbish this afternoon. My thinking is that if I haven’t scanned them by now, they’re not worth doing and I’ll never want them again.

This is quite a wrench. I scanned and scanned and scanned for over ten years and I’ve got more than 5,000 of my own images on hard disks and DVDs. But there came a point when I realised, “I’ve finished.” Film is dead now. I don’t have anything new to scan, so I may as well sell my Nikon scanner too. It cost me nearly $2,500 in about 2003 and I reckon I’ll be lucky to get $500 for it now. I’ll still be able to scan on the Epson flatbed (very good results, too), but that’s it for serious pro-level film work. Film is dead.

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