Tuesday, 3 November 2009


As you can imagine, it's been a stressful afternoon and evening. I can't imagine why a broken leg should take eight months to heal, but there we are. Now I'm told I may not recover quite as quickly as I was lead to believe. Fortunately I've de-stressed with this little prayer I found on one of my favourite blogs.

A Prayer for the Stressed

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill today because they got on my nerves

Help me to be careful of the toes I step on as these may be connected to the feet I have to kiss tomorrow.

And help me to remember – when I am having a bad day and it seems that people are trying to wind me up – it takes 42 muscles to frown, 28 to smile and only 4 to extend my arm and smack someone in the mouth.



  1. Good luck with the op, TM. We'll be thinking of you here in Brisbane.

  2. Having followed your blog for a while, if anyone can deal with this stress, I think you can. Keep smiling, you've got a lot of people in your (virtual) corner. All the very best of luck for tomorrow. Jon (recovery nurse)

  3. Oh goodness, you have my sympathies, and here's hoping that tomorrow's X-ray brings better news than expected.

    K x

  4. Amen to all that... and good luck tomorrow. Hope all goes well.x

  5. I've just taken my tablets for a good night's sleep so before I nod off I wanted to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who have sent messages of support via the blog or my email address. I'm more touched than you will ever know. You have given me the support I needed to keep sane and that is priceless. I will get better and walk again for myself but also for all of you. I feel so lucky to have come into contact with so many kind and thoughtful people from all around the world. I'm looking forward to being able to give you some good news tomorrow .


  6. A prayer that I used to pray when I lived in Palestine and ate food aid from Hungary on a good day..
    'Lord I'll eat it down,
    you keep it down'.

    God bless TM and Mrs TM.

  7. Amen to that prayer!

    You will be in our thoughts and prayers as the surgeons see what is happening and make decisions on your future.

    Best of luck to you for that. I sincerely hope the news is good.

  8. oh goodness, when I started to read that prayer I thought "uhuh, he's finally succombed" 'til I read on and realised that your sense of humour, after all you've been through, is still intact. Best luck tomorrow and look forward to hearing good news in your next posting

  9. And by now you should be back in recovery and if all is well telling us soon you have no pin anymore.We are all thinking of you.
    Light,Love and Healing to you

  10. Liz from Melbourne4 November 2009 at 05:34

    Good luck with everything! Wishing you a speedier recovery with lots of good things to eat.

  11. I"m so impressed with your sense of humour TM!! So glad it hasn't deserted you after the trials you've been through of late.

    Hoping that the outcome of tomorrow's (? now today's) investigations is a positive one for you and that you can start to climb that long, gently-sloping, road to recovery.

    Soon you'll be so independent you'll never have to eat another foul NHS meal again!! woot woot :)

  12. just simply ... Good Luck ol' chap :-)

  13. Good luck for today TM...

  14. Good Luck with the Op and hope all goes well x

  15. All the best in the world. I've been reading your blog for a long time, I never wrote, but now, I think you need to see that, as someone said above, your virtual corner is filled with friends, people who think of you and wish you all the best.


  16. Hi TM,

    We are all here pulling for you mate.


    Kat from Perth.

  17. We're all thinking of you TM

    All the best to you and Mrs TM

    Lansdowner x

  18. So sorry you're needing to have even more patience. Take care TM, I'm thinking of you and so are a lot of other people x

  19. Good luck TM! Glad to see you've still got your humor after all this time. Will be thinking of you today!

    Thank you for you insite into your life and what you are having to put up with on a daily basis and making it so fun and light hearted all the while putting across a message that should not be ignored by any one!!

    All my love and best wishes to you TM!!
    Tia xxx

  20. Really hope today goes well in every way possible. You have a lot of friends who are wishing the best for you.

    And I have no doubt there will be a special feast waiting to cheer you up later (with peas AND custard if you're really good).

    Best of luck, mate.

  21. Thinking of you TM, as many of your blogger friends are.

    As Chef Andy said, peas and custard waiting for you, now that is a treat to look forward too.

  22. All the very best, hope all goes to plan. T'would be horrible indeed if you had to keep eating that muck until Christmas.

    BTW have yopu any plans for continuing the blog when you are fit & well-fed?


  23. You're a good strong man. My prayers are with you.

    From the Desiderata

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.

    Take care

  24. A note for when you come round from the rubber hammer - it's 10.42 now so you're either on the table, in recovery, or back in bed coming round.

    As for you taking eight months to heal, I'm not a bit surprised, since you've mostly been fed muck. Anyway I won't rant just yet. I just wanted to peel you a grape, or give you a few slivers of ice to suck if you're not quite on full rations yet, or just plump your pillows. Thinking of Mrs TM too, who must find it so difficult not able to be there when she wants to be there. (Specialist centres .... GRRRRRRRRRR)

    Will drop by in a while to hear the news and jostle for a seat in the ranks of chairs for all your virtual visitors :-)

    Oh and here's a sweet little message for the management ...


    I thank you.


  25. Greetings from Styria - it is a cold and foggy day here - so I hope some of the sunshine missing here will find its Way into your room, leg, thoughts etc. All the patience and stubbornness you need!! Barbara
    PS_ It's snowing!!!

  26. Hi TM, I've been following your blog from the beginning but have never said hi until now. You are no doubt asleep at this time but I wanted to pass on my best wishes for your operation. Hope all goes well for you.
    PS. May your next meal be an improvement on your 'Last Supper' - a shocker!

  27. Hope everything went well today TM
    and you get an early release date, you sure need it. If the food continues in this fashion you have grounds for self-defence if you fancy doing the chef a mischief!!!

  28. ahh dancing through your dream kitchen making and eating all things you like.... then you wake up grrrrrr. Hope all is well and get back here soon.

  29. Sending you my very best wishes TM that all went well today.
    Kerry from Oz x