I case you wonder why I don't write that much lately, my wife just got out of the hospital with a so-called Ilizarov frame, with the purpose to try and fix an arthritis in her ankle (caused by an ill-treated complicated fracture many, many years ago).
Believe me, anyone who've seen her was impressed! She looks like an unfinished Robocop, a kind of Transformer that just got out of it's egg. When she wants something from you, you just know that resistance is futile. Every time she walks I have a hard time suppressing the urge to make 'uhnk-chuck uhnk-chuck' sounds. Fortunately she doesn't read my blog (I hope) and if she does, I'm just too fast for her as long as I don't let myself get cornered.
What also is impressive is the amount of time you need to spend in the beginning to take care of some one in her condition. People with children might remember the first couple of weeks, how chaotic things can be and you trying to get a grip on the situation and finding a modus operandi to get you through the day without going wacko. Picture that, plus a full-time job and the Dutch health care system of today and you cannot help feeling sorry for me. Fortunately there are plenty of people around me willing to help out, so forgive me for making things look worse than they are. I needed an excuse for not writing that much and thought a little exaggeration could do some good here.
But what is most impressive is the courage of my wife, to go through the operation knowing what she nows about the frame that she will have to suffer that for three months. That really makes me proud!