Older Bodies

Older bodies need longer to mend. I’m feeling a bit down lately. My right foot is healing well but very slowly. Unfortunately, my left foot is showing the same injury since a few days ago. It’s already 3 weeks I’m stuck in my house. It seems healing gets harder as we age. I’m trying to compensate it with daily fresh fruits and vegetables. I also added food supplements to my diet with extra vitamins and minerals. But I got to be patient and take it easy the next month. I’m happy to be still able to check out how my Dad is doing in these weird Covid-19 times. 

Thank goodness I can spend some time in the studio, although it’s very hot (no airco and having a heatwave). Jimi keeps asking me to play with him but that’s very difficult for me right now. I can only throw away some bouncing balls. 

I’m also very lucky to have Jimi by my side. He’s keeping an eye on me and counts the chocolates each day to see if I’m not taking an overdose. I have to pay him with extra yoghurt and vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

165 responses

  1. Maar lieve Herman toch…
    Dit is klote om te lezen, ik hoop kei hard op een vlot herstel. Zo`n pijn in je twee voeten kan je wel missen als de pest…
    Dikke dikke knuffels ❤

    • Dank je wel, Joke! Men had op de scan wel gezien dat de linkse voet ook een lichte stressfractuur vertoonde maar dacht dat dit niet echt ernstig was. Maar nu door de afgelopen weken die voet extra te gebruiken voor compensatie is daar ook het kwetsuur ernstig. Dit is echt klote… Ik zal echt geduldig moeten zijn. Men heeft me gezegd dat dit wel 8 weken kan aanslepen, en ik zit nog maar in week 3…

  2. Herman I know myself that we heal more slowly as the years pile up! It’s frustrating that it takes longer but we do wind up at the same place eventually…..back to our “normal”. We have to do what the doctors say and be patient (not easy!). Jimi probably realizes that something has changed – they are so smart! Try tying his favorite toy to a long string and throw it from your chair (holding the end of the string of course!)…..he can chase it but you can pull it back so you can throw it again for him. Most of all just BE CAREFUL so you don’t re-injure yourself!! Chocolate speeds up the healing process :).

    Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. I just need to be very patient. Things will get better in a short while, (hopefully)…

    • Hi Tim. So true, wish I was 20 years old again… (well, not really).
      Normally we would meet next week if you would come to Antwerp but I’m glad it’s postponed to next year. It would be very difficult right now to enjoy your company and show you around…

  3. Aw I’m sorry to hear the healing is slow. The main thing is that you are heading in the right direction – and that you can still visit your Dad, as you say.
    Why not lie on the floor with your ice cream, chocolate and wine, then Jimi can play all over you! 😀
    – I had to lie on the floor for a month when I slipped a disc. The dogs instantly came to give me support – and panted in my face!! 😀 😀

  4. Wishing you strength and patience, dear Herman. It does seem like a lot to ask, in these troubled days, doesn’t it, to add physical injury on top of everything else. Builds “character,” as my dad used to say (in heavy air-quotes. He was quite the cynic. Makes me smile to remember him now).

    • Oh, thank you so much for your dad’s quote. It puts a smile on my face too right now. Maybe there’s also a positive side on my injury. Having a curfew and a lockdown light means you have to stay at home. So, with a little luck I’m healed when this weird times are back to (almost) normal…
      Thank you so much for your kind comment, my friend!

    • Hi Susanne. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. Glad Jimi’s keeping on eye on me and my ice cream…
      Jimi sends his regards! Wishing you a wonderful week!

  5. All my support for the difficult times you are going through. Luckily Jimi is watching over you… Courage! Recover at your own pace. It is true that it is more difficult than at 20 years…

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my friend! You are so right, I need to be patient and recover at my own pace…
      Wishing you a wonderful week!

  6. Because I can never not give tips about injury and pain, while you are stuck in the chair, look for sore spots anywhere in your lower legs. Muscles react to pain by tightening but it only slows down the blood flow to the injury. When I work on clients with a stress fracture, sprained ankle, torn ligament etc. I routinely hear that their doctors said they healed faster than expected. And it gives you something to do, finding the sore spots and knots and rubbing with your thumb and the heel of your hand till they relax!

    • Oh, this is so kind of you! Thank you so much for this information and help. I will surely follow your advice. It’s so depressing that it takes so many weeks to recover. I need to be patient and enjoy other little things happening around me…
      Wishing you a very good week!

      • It’s hard to be patient! I know, I’m ten weeks out from surgery and my Engineer is sick of hearing me complain about not being able to do a six miler yet! But today, 2 miles without really faltering. We get there.

        • I was having a bad day yesterday, mentally. The last 5 years I went for a walk each day. Now I’m stuck at home for 3 weeks and more weeks to come. Oh well, eventually things will get back to normal.
          Wishing you all the best!

    • Hi Bernadette. Thank you so much for your kind comment and advise. Unfortunately, Jimi doesn’t like to purr on my feet. I tried to bribe him with ice cream but it didn’t worked out… 😉
      I was blessed to be healthy for many years, I can’t remember a period I was sick and stuck in bed for a long time. I guess that’s why I’m having a hard time right now, especially mentally. I just got to patient and take it easy…

  7. Please watch things and take care so you are ready when the time comes to get out there again. Walking is something that is precious and I miss that most of all. Ah well I have a path that has wheels
    Dad Pete & Timmy with Purrs of healing from the Furs

    • So sorry to read you’re missing your walks. It must be very hard for you.
      Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my friend! Wishing you all the best!

  8. Those stress fractures do take a while to heal, even in youth. I know that from my own experience. Don’t let it get you down, Herman. Take the time to rest, and let the creative energies flow, too. It’s a good time for music!

    All of us here send you and Jimi our collective best wishes.

    • Hi Lavinia. I was having a bad day, yesterday. I miss my daily walking routine so much… I’m stuck for 3 weeks at home and it looks like I’m stuck for some more weeks… But I know things are still ok, in fact I must be happy with the luxurious life I’m leading. But mentally, it feels so hard some days.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards to everyone at the Farm, especially the cats!

  9. herman; sometimes a speedy recovery isn’t a great recovery, because something is overlooked. I understand it’s frustrating, Jimi does too; how many cats would care enough to make sure their purrson does not over dose on the chocolate !!!!! 🙂 be well and healthy 🙂 ♥♥

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and support, my friend! I was having mentally a bad day, yesterday. Guess I needed more chocolate to help me through the day… 😉
      Hope you’re having a great week!

  10. Best wishes on that foot, Herman. Along with longer healing times, the older one gets, the more likely there will be a “new normal” , a state where things we could do with ease before are newly a bit harder to do after. I hope that isn’t your fate! It’s good to have a Jimi to keep us from over indulging in those chocolates!

    • Hi Doug. Thank you so much for your kind comment and support, my friend! I had a bad day yesterday so maybe I was overreacting a little bit. I miss my daily routine of going for a walk each day. I just have to be patient. Finally, things will get better and my bones fixed. In the meantime I’ll have some extra chocolates if Jimi’s allowing it…

  11. I recommend for you positive thoughts and… laugh, laugh a lot and every day. If necessary rehearse smile until she comes out alone. Besides, he also remembers breathing, breathing deep.
    May you recover soon

    • Hi Walter. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. I was having a bad day yesterday. But you’re so right, I need to see the future in a more positive way and laugh more. I’ll stop watching scifi movies and pick some comedies instead… 😉

  12. After reading a post or two back about you “overdoing it” I realized I was doing the same, and abruptly eased off my activity before I went too far, and now I am much better thanks! Heat waves are tough I know. Glad Jimi is being a good boy and helper too I imagine at least mentally. We all need some mental help in the crazy world we live in presently! Hope you stay on the mend.

    • Hi Greg. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. I need to be more patient. Finally, things will get better but it can take a while. I’m missing my daily walks to make me feel good, especially mentally. Thank goodness Jimi’s keeping an eye on me…
      Hope you’re having a great week!

  13. Lavinia is quite correct about stress fractures, really any kind of fracture, taking time to heal. Elizabeth rode a half season with a fractured wrist, while Tara rode an entire season with one. Both wore a modified riding glove, then slipped on a soft cast. They are tough girls; no “hurt no more” sprays or shots. My toughest warrior is Deborah. She rode a whole season with a sprained ACL, MCL and PCL in her left knee, and needed help on and off her horse. It didn’t get better until the start of the following season. Then, of course, Elizabeth was stepped on by Lilith while unloading at the LV National Horse Show. She thought her right foot was broken. It was badly bruised instead. She shed tears putting on and taking off her boots.

    You may need to play fishing with Jimi. A lot of ice cream and yogurt with your favorite boy.

    PS – Hope your dad is doing well.

    • Hi David. Thank you so much for your kind comment and support, my friend! My goodness, I was very impressed by your tough girls! I’m almost feeling guilty for overreacting yesterday… I was having mentally a bad day but feeling better today. I just need to be more patient.

      My dad is doing very well, thank you for asking. We both still live isolated from the outside world. I’m checking on him twice a day to see he took his medication. But he’s missing his old longtime friends. Due to the Covid-19 measures we still can’t allow visitors.

    • Hi Christine. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern, my dear friend! I’m very lucky to have such a watchful nurse like Jimi keeping an eye on me.
      I watch ‘1917’, the Sam Medes movie about WWI and was very impressed. I’m also re-watching some old DVD’s like ‘The Usual Suspects’, a great movie…

      Hope you’re having a great week, my friend!

  14. I know your feelings to be stuck in home… Once I had a problem with my knee and couldn’t walk… But the most beautiful part, I read many books, articles, etc. with my cat… they are really good friends… I hope and wish you to get well soon dear Herman, Love, nia

    • Hi Nia. Thank you very much for your kind comment and support! Just like you, I’m reading more books and watch movies and DVD’s. I just need to be patient. Finally things will get better again… And I’m very lucky to have such a good furry friend by my side.
      Hope you’re having a great week, my friend!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! You are so right; it’s a real blessing to have a cat by your side in these strange times. Thank goodness Jimi’s keeping an eye on me…
      Hope you’re having a great day!

  15. Wait, what? It’s possible to overdose on chocolates? That’s an awful thing to learn! 😉 I hope both your feet can get to feeling better really soon. It’s a bad time to add something else to what’s already not ok in our worlds. You are a dear soul and you need to get relief from heat and physical issues both. Be well and hopefully, feel better.

    • Hahaha… I don’t believe in the American President and an overdose of chocolate… 😉
      I was having mentally a bad day yesterday but I’m feeling better today. I just need to be more patient. Thank goodness we’re having some cooler days right now. But it won’t stop us from having ice cream… Finally things will get better!

      Hope you’re having a great day, my dear friend!

      • That’s great both that it’s a little cooler and that you’re feeling some better. What American President…..we don’t have a president. We have the man they elected instead of a president, and we have chaos of multiple different kinds. Everything here, and around the world, and then the virus….it all makes me think my head will explode. 🤯 I need a daily dose of ice cream as a treatment for my ailment that comes from our politics. 🍨I have chocolate peanut butter cup. I hope you have plenty of your favorite kind! Feel better and keep cool and safe. 🍦👍

        • A daily dose of ice cream…?? No doubt that’s a great solution for many problems out there! 🙂
          I recently bought Italian coffee flavour ice cream and I love it. Jimi prefers vanilla. So funny, Mr. Bowie didn’t like ice cream but Jimi knows where to look for ice cream. I’m not a fan of peanut butter stuff in my food.

          Stay safe and healthy, my friend, and enjoy your ice cream!

          • Ohhh Italian coffee flavor, doesn’t that sound interesting. I’ve had some coffee flavored stuff from a company near here and it is good. Jimi prefers vanilla, that’s cute. Even Jimi knows that ice cream solves a lot of problems…..smart cat! 👍 Take care for you and your father. I always tell my son and DIL to be careful…..paranoid careful.

            • I’m a bit paranoid myself, I’m still keeping (especially) my dad and myself isolated from the outside world. I know it’s very hard and difficult right now for my dad, but we got to be very, very careful.
              Jimi is a very smart cat when food and treats are the issue. 😉

  16. Oh nerds ! Sorry about your feet Herman. I guess your tap dancing career is over 😘 Can you get a great fan to sit with? This weather is 🍌🍌🍌 ! Us too, 31C today and maybe 32C tomorrow. Our cats like paper bags, shoe laces and basically anything you dangle for them, I don’t even have to get off the sofa 😆 Glad you have each other and you can still check on your dad! Go ahead, indulge in your hearts desire. You’ll walk it off soon enough!! xK

    • Hi Kelly. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my dear friend! I was having a bad day yesterday, mentally. I’m missing my daily walks in the nature. They always make me feel good. I just need to be more patient. Finally, things will get better… Right now I’ll compensate my bad feeling with some extra ice cream for me and my furry friend…

      Hope you’re having a great day, my friend!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, my friend!
      Jimi sends his regards! Hope you’re having a great week!

  17. Herman and Jimi, you are in this together and you will conquer it together. Patience is one of the hardest tasks to perfect, especially in those times right now where we can’t go anywhere , the time slows down and the days seem not to end. Luckily you have more time to spend in your music studio and are able to check on your father. Once you have conquered the issues of your feet, you will good about you that you have developed patience. Wish you both well, my two friends.

    • Hi Cornelia. Maybe I was overreacting yesterday due to the bad day I was having mentally… I know things will get better finally, I just need to be patient. But I’m missing my daily walks so much… Thank goodness Jimi’s keeping me company…
      Thank you so much for your kind comment and support, my friend!

      • Hi Herman, thank you for your reply, I didn’t take it as you were overreacting, you were just sharing your situation you are in at that moment and I am glad you did. Because it’s like a “little family” here where we share our happiness and downs with our cats and ourselves in words or pictures. “Paws up for Jimi” keeping you the company you need. Moshu says “Meow” to both of you.
        Tonight I had two friends over for social distant dinner and the dessert was Coffee ice cream toppled with homemade Pomegranate Jam. Happy mouth watering now, just kidding. Be well my friend.

        • Hahaha… oh yes, you got me mouth watering immediately! Even in the early morning…
          I’m happy to have so many good friends and followers of the blog. Reading all the comments and support makes me feel better when I’m having a bad day. And ok, there’s also ice cream and chocolate…

          Thank you so much for hanging around all these time, Cornelia! Jimi sends his regards to Moshu!

  18. Ahh I know only too well what you mean Herman, having just turned 45 it’s maddening to have those extra 10 lbs not come off as easy, or your eyesight weaken, or like your predicament not healing as fast. At least Nurse Jimi is there to encourage your emotional well being, physical therapy and of course medication management. His salary of yogurt and vanilla ice cream is well deserved and earned.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support, my friend! I’m glad Nurse Jimi is looking after me. Thank goodness I got a lot of yoghurt and ice cream in stock to pay my furry friend for doing his job…

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern! After 3 weeks, I’m feeling a little bit better right now…
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Jimi sends his regards!

  19. Hello Jimi
    It must be so sad for you and your human to see him immobilized like this
    Could you suggest to him (he can order on the internet) to buy you one (or more) fishing rod? So he can throw something at you without having to stoop
    Send him all my sympathy and you handsome kid, full kisses and hugs

    • Hi Yoshimi. I bought 2 new stretchable wire toys for Jimi last week. So I can remain sitting in my seat and let Jimi run around… 😉
      Thank you so much for your kind comment and support, my friend! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday. Jimi sends his regards!

      • if I told Jimi about it, it is because I had bought several from EOS at the time of her illness, at the beginning she had a lot of days with one of them then became even sicker, she went to bed to sleep.
        I have several toys that are waiting for a new owner …..

        • I have a lot of toys from Mr. Bowie available too, he stopped playing when he was older and I kept all his toys in a few boxes. It’s a pleasure to use these toys again for my new furry friend.

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. I’m feeling better right now, finally, after 4 weeks. But I still have to take it easy the next 3 weeks…
      Thank goodness Jimi’s taking good care of me and I can still enjoy the chocolates… 😉

  20. You take it easy, Herman. Only do the most necessary things – visiting your father and maintaining your supply of chocolate and ice cream. Strange, I have never heard of chocolate overdose. Celery, lettuce, even skimmed milk sound like a hazard – but not chocolate. I’d say you are safe. Get well soon X

  21. I hope your foot has improved now, i bought an air cast walker boot when I broke my foot it helped me to get around without needing crutches and helped me to keep my leg exercised, but saying that it still took eight weeks to heal!

    • Hi Ariela. Welcome on HoB!
      Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  22. Hello Herman and Jimi 😊 I hope it is a bit cooler and wondered how you are feeling? I am glad you are receiving notes with good ideas to aide your healing process. Meanwhile, we are here, continuing to suffer under the perilous, corrupt and hopefully final days, of the Trump administration 👹

    • Hi Christine. Thank you so much for your concern and kind words. I’m feeling a lot better right now and seeing my doctor later today. It looks like I can go back walking in the nature soon… Thank goodness the weather is cooler, I don’t like the heatwaves…

      The situation of the US of A is in the daily news overhere. Most of the people in this part of the world don’t understand how it’s possible that a cheater, liar and criminal is still in charge… And always blaming everyone else for what’s going wrong while he’s the president. What an idiot…!! He belongs in jail… Let’s hope they kick his ass in November!

  23. Yes! As the years pass by,, it does take longer to heal! Sometimes I am not careful enough.
    I had an unfortunate encounter with a cactus 4 days ago, and I still have not been able to remove all the little prickly things (the cactus obviously won).
    As a result, for comfort, I have been spending a lot of time sitting in hot water baths….

    • I love cactus plants but they are so dangerous with all their needles… 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

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