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Here goes, attempt number 2 at uploading this photograph. I have no idea what happened, but I was writing a few short words, as I do, when all of a sudden I disappeared to the Awards Gallery.
Now, what had I wrote that was only 8 pages long???

Good evening everyone. Thanks for all votes, comments and the award from Taggart, greatly appreciated.

The photo is from Derwent Water when I visited the squirrels there. This one had found a nut and was burying it at the foot of the tree for a later date when the snow is here and it can't find any food.

My story tonight is not as much fun as it usually is, I have tried to keep it as lighthearted as possible, but there are some mild graphic parts in it and as I do not wish to upset anyone, please do not read if you think it will upset you.
I just feel that the people who I have known for a long time on this site are friends and sometimes you need to get things off your chest to help you breath again.

Cor blimey! How cold has it been over the last week, I mean brass monkeys and all that. I came out the other day to find the car frosted and when I checked the outside temperature gauge it read -4 degrees. Come on, that's just not cricket, it was early morning, sleep in the eyes, body attempting to boot up fully, but getting stuck due to an in depth anti-virus scan. i only just remembered how to walk to the car, let alone start it, scrape the windows, then drive it. All that before a second cup of tea. It was an absolute disgrace, torture of the highest degree and I'm sure worthy of some kind of bravery award.

Had a bit of a bad week to be honest, I am currently coping with chronic back pain since some of my tablets for my bad knees had to be changed due to a problem with my kidneys being affected by one of them. This loss of a tablet has now allowed other problems come to light since it had been nice enough to cover them up for me. It turns out I have arthritis between two vertebrae, also between those vertebrae I have a diminished gap caused by a fairly worn disc. Apparently I also have a deformed vertebrae which is fused to the one next to it. Now waiting for physio and a possible MRI.
Then my son had a nasty fall and caught his eye on the only brick in a pile of bricks that had its corner sticking directly up. Result, cut eyelid, blackeye and stitches put in by a surgeon in theatre at the eye hospital. Basically his left leg gave way from underneath him, I shall explain.
I have to go back to May 1st 2016, a year I am glad to see the back of.
It was a pleasant day, not to hot, not to cold, just right. I was doing something, can't remember what, but I guarantee it was something. Come on, I've been to bed since then.
Gill was busying herself doing something as well. Anyway, the afternoon came and my mobile phone rang, I was wondering who it was as no-one calls me usually, it turned out to be my eldest sons friend, he said, and I quote " Hi Andy, Nathan has fell off his motorbike, he's alright, but has a small cut to his left leg that is bleeding, an ambulance is on its way, but he wants to know if you can come here." "Okay" I said and as asked where they were.
Gill and I swiftly threw our shoes on and hopped in the car. It wasn't far away, about 5 minutes max. As we approached the end of the road horror struck us right between the eyes as a Police van was being moved into position to block and close the road. We came level with the road and utter terror now took over as we could see beyond the 1st Police van, 3x Police cars, 1x Police van, 1x fast response Ambulance, 1x normal Ambulance, 1x Fire Engine, 1x destroyed car, 1x pile of crumpled metal that looked like our sons bike and a crowd of people, most with high vis jackets on standing around someone lying in the road wearing a helmet.
I have never felt so instantly sick in my life, the Police van moved to allow us in as I had shouted across to the driver, my car was moving, but we weren't going anywhere, it was like taking a zoom lens at its longest end then walking forward as you slowly zoomed out, the scene was just getting further away. The next thing I know Gill is running in front of the car, the car I'm still driving, the passenger door was still open after she had vacated the seat to try and get there quicker.
I pulled up with my heart in my mouth, got out of the car and made my way as quick as possible to the scene, I was dreading what nightmare my eyes were about to see. He was lying on the floor, breathing and talking, his helmet was off and he seemed to look fine, apart from the odd whimper from him due to pain. We were told it was serious, but not life threatening.
After a short while it was decided that I would go to his house where his wife was with their 2 year old son, we had been talking to her on the phone, but she didn't want to go to the scene and would head for the hospital once he was taken there. I left the scene as I could do no-more there and went to his house. Lisa was in a state, so I calmed her down and looked after my Grandson Andrew. Word came an hour later that they were on their way to hospital, so we got in the car and headed there.
The injuries were and are extensive, his left wrist was severely broken and had to be realigned then a permanent titanium plate was fitted. His back was and still is broken as it is a break that will never heal, 4 of the small outcrops that come off your vertebrae in the lumber region have been broken off the vertebrae. Finally his left leg had a huge laceration going around the leg just above the knee from front to rear. This had damaged lots of internals in the leg, nerves, muscle, etc, have suffered. As part of the muscle had to be removed it has left his leg with a major weakness. Hence the fall at the beginning of this story.
The healing is an ongoing process that we now know will never arrive at an satisfactory end, however he is a tough lad and I am proud of how both him and his wife have coped with what are life changing injuries.

Thanks for viewing and reading and being here to listen to me drivel on.

Tags: Food Red Winter Squirrel Eat Store Derwent Nut Bury Wildlife and nature Forage

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28 Jan 2017 11:09PM
It's an excellent capture Andy and a super composition,
28 Jan 2017 11:15PM
What a sad time for you hope things improve..Lin
Spkr51 5 United States
28 Jan 2017 11:41PM
Superb capture ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
29 Jan 2017 2:26AM
Sending prayers and best wishes to your family and son! A rough day indeed!
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2017 6:50AM
I think Nathan must be very glad to be alive, even after suffering all the injuries, what a strong lad. Thanks for the story, Andy, it must have brought it all back, writing all that down.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 8:29AM
Sorry to hear of your bad news, my best wished for a good recovery and better times to come.
Thank you for sharing... Isabel
woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 8:45AM
That's a sad story, Andy. Your son's injuries make it sound as if he had been in the Great War. You have a fair amount of creaks and groans of your own to cope with, too. You both have my sympathy, though how much consolation that might be is a matter of dispute.
What I will not dispute is that we are well rid of 2016 . . . .
All the best to you and yours.

P.S.: I also like the Seaham statue, we've visited a few times. The café just across the road is pretty good too Blush
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
29 Jan 2017 8:59AM
An awfully sad story this time, Andy. I hope your son improves sooner than expected.

Lovely image and you caught him on the act.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 10:27AM
Young bodies do heal more easily than older ones... Best wishes to both of you.

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