It was a slow low start today!
Oh, I woke early as usual, well most of me did. My left arm had other ideas.
The fingers were curled into the palm. From shoulder to fingertips was swollen and frozen solid! My arm felt like a tonne weight and looked like marble.
It looked like Rigor mortis had set in! ;) I do know that RM is one of the recognizable signs of death normally causing the limbs of the corpse to become stiff and difficult to move or manipulate. In humans it commences after about 3 hours and reaches maximum stiffness after twelve. I would say that my arm had reached maximum stiffness, so I must have died at least 12 hours previously!
I thought I actually had a good few hours rest last night, I suppose now I can say I went into a dead sleep (Dublinese for heavy sleeping)!
CALM DOWN everyone! I am well used to this happening…. but this is the first time it happened on the left hand side of my body. It is more usually the right side. It has gone on for years. I remember waking at times to find Jack trying to massage some life and warmth into my right arm, and that was at least twenty five years ago.
I remember in the early days of our marriage, Jack saying to mammy that I had frightened him the previous night (OK, so I am no beauty with or with out the face paint. I did tell you my brothers said I looked like the back of a bus!). The cause of Jack’s fear was that he could not see, hear or feel me breathing. Mammy assured him that I was like that since I was a child. She added that she often held a mirror to my face to see if it would steam up with warm breath. It did…. just about!
Over the past month my blood pressure has been jumping about like a yo-yo! Way up one week and at rock bottom the next. Latest is 100/58. So this morning in the Post/Mail I find a letter inviting me for two appointments at the Health Centre, the Cardiac Department were after me! The word has travelled from one place to another and they want to check if I have a real or a wooden heart!
If you don’t hear from me…. ENJOY the party!