Monday, February 21, 2011


I'm going to be babysitting for a couple of days - well, parent-sitting, actually. Mum had hip-replacement surgery last Wednesday and as usual, has demonstrated remarkable recuperative abilities and is due to be discharged this morning.

She was out of bed and starting on some physio the morning after the op and shuffling around on a walking frame by Friday. On Saturday she'd graduated to crutches and was doing laps of the hospital ward. This being her third joint replacement (both hips and a knee), she knows the drill with rehab and will no doubt be off crutches and managing with a walking stick within a very short time.

Meanwhile, since she lives alone, my sisters and I are taking turns to stay with her to help with day to day tasks that are tricky to manage on crutches. Plus, she can't drive for the next six weeks, so will need help with shopping and other errands as well as getting to medical appointments etc.

I'm taking the first shift and spending Monday and Tuesday with her, so may be a bit absent online, depending on wireless internet speed which can be a bit unreliable. Be good while I'm gone, OK?


For Debstar: I liked Black Swan. People seem to either love it or hate it, but I'm a fan.

I thought Natalie Portman was excellent, not just for the impressive job she did with the dancing. It certainly wasn't a happy, uplifting kind of story and you could tell from a pretty early stage that it wasn't going to end well. With an obsessive, nutty mother (played very well by Barbara Hershey), I think her life was destined to be a train wreck.

Dark and disturbing pretty well sums it up.

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