Yes, it might be my choice but I sometimes don't have a choice about how I travel to work - sometimes if I want to get to work on time and do a good job when I'm there, driving is the only option (and one which I really don't want to use).
The following week I managed the walk on Monday and Tuesday - I have no idea when the last time was that I managed to walk two days on the trot.
But by Wednesday I was really feeling it. The week previously a colleague had mentioned that I could probably park in an alley-way at work, so I decided to try that.
With one thing and another, my colleague had neglected to tell me that this wasn't going to be an option every day. So I found myself having to find a different space a couple of hours into my working day.
City Council's website. Where I found the following -
In Derby, Blue Badge holders haveSo basically - as long as I see one of those signs, I can park all day for free, without having to move my car every three hours. I called the Council and they explained to me that this was the case.
Free and unlimited parking in:
- areas covered by on-street charging and limited waiting
- areas covered by residents-only parking schemes
Yay... I guess...
Except since last week, I haven't walked in once.
Today was the first day I managed to do all my many necessary (?) checks and stops:
- have I had a wee?
- have I taken my Solifenacin Succinate, to prevent needing another wee?
- have I got my Orthotic Stocking and walking stick?
- one last wee?
- have I had a poo?
- now wash your hands!
- is your bag ready? (many thanks for the sandwiches, Mrs D)
- what about one last try at that wee, JUST IN CASE?
But the walk in this morning was SO ridiculously hard - I really struggled with lifting my foot and by the time I got here I was utterly banjaxed.
So today's lessons:
- If you have a Disabled Person's Parking Card, make sure you understand the ways in which it can be used - when I think about all the time I've spent driving home at lunchtime when I could have stayed in one place all day...
- Don't underestimate the benefit of a decent night's sleep - ours has been interrupted pretty much every night this last week (not the lovebirds, other stuff)
- If you try to get more active (the old "Use It Or Lose It" argument), for God's sake keep it up - I really feel that I've allowed myself to retreat a couple of steps, just by having an easier option.
Either that or stop putting things online!