The old ways.

“We tend to think of landscapes as affecting us most strongly when we are in them or on them, when they offer us the primary sensations of touch and sight. But there are also the landscapes we bear with us in absentia, those places that live on in memory long after they have withdrawn in actuality, and such places — retreated to most often when we are most remote from them — are among the most important landscapes we possess.”

― Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

Sitting outside a bakery with a six-pack of hot cross buns, a paperback and a coffee.
Shortly ago I dropped Kelly off at the nearby local hospital.
A couple of days back she slipped on some ball-bearing seedpods whilst we were out walking Juno.

A text-book banana peel fall onto her outstretched hand. Two days later and her wrist was still pretty tender. So after attending a nurse-led clinic for assessment…it was off to hospital for a CT of her wrist.

One hot cross bun later, Kelly called me to let me know she has a fractured scaphoid bone. That’s 8 weeks in a splint.

Kelly was due to retire in about 3 weeks from now. So the unexpected sick leave has wiped her slate of remaining shifts clean.

As of today, Kelly is retired.

After 39 years nursing, it will no doubt take a while to process, and let go, and adjust to this sudden deviation from the old ways.

Here is to celebration of the old ways.
Here is cheers to the new ways.

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7 responses to “The old ways.”

  1. Congratulations on retirement and I hope your hand heals quickly.


  2. Congratulations Kelly on hanging up the Stethamascopy thing….sorry to hear about your wrist…I agree with Pam…Dexa Scan is warranted…..enjoy retirement….this old duck is still working in my 47th year !!!!…Love the Pics…


  3. Congratulations on your retirement- now a whole new world will open up! It is a bit hard letting go of all the stuff in your brain but eventually it will seep out and you will find yourself with new hobbies and interests to fill it again. I managed 50 years nursing but retirement is a whole new life!

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  4. Happy retirement Kelly! What a nuisance re the wrist. Thank goodness for sick leave. The photos bring back happy memories of working with you both. Cheers to freedom and random sleep-ins xo

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  5. Consider having bone densitometry. I did the same as you, and subsequently discovered I had osteopaenia. Alendronates, for a while, then cacium with D, and my 2 yearly scans have greatly improved Z scores.


  6. Christine mcdade Avatar

    Wishing you all the best Kelly.

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  7. Congratulations Kelly. Sorry you had to finish with a rush. I know how it feels. I was planning on making the 40 year mark to retire, but my knees stopped me at 39 years.
    I have so many happy memories of working with you and Ian when we were all young!!
    Hope your hand heals quickly and you won’t know yourself soon.Every day is yours to do what you wish, no pressure to finish anything in a set time, just enjoy the freedom!
    Best wishes Fiona.

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