Adjusting: Trent’s Weekly Smile


© irene waters 2016

After bilateral foot surgery the first smile was unexpected. I could see space between my big and next toe. This I had not been able to do for years. Visions of thongs flashed before my eyes. The possibilities could be endless. Another smile – the pain has not been too bad. I just have to remember not to cat stretch on waking. That causes the pain I had anticipated I would have all the time. Huge smile  — I don’t. However, there is a lot of adjusting to do. I cannot walk. I have a special boot that allows me to hobble but just moving from one room to the other is an effort that then requires half an hour of rest. Trying to do anything is laboriously slow. Luckily, another smile, my mother has lent me her mobility scooter so I can still go on dog walks. As we are trying to sell our house we are avoiding the park as I simply cannot wash Muffin after every visit and Bundy seems to bring back so much sand. Yesterday we decided to walk on paths. Muffin heels beside the scooter perfectly. Big smile – our training has paid dividends. We  did, however, overwalk poor Bundy to the point he sat and refused to budge. We were stymied. Our smiles faded. B


© irene waters 2016

But then I managed to entice him to ride along with me. A little awkward for us both but it worked a treat. You can even see Bundy’s smile.


© irene waters 2016

Mine was just as big.

In response to Trent’s Weekly Smile.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Adjusting: Trent’s Weekly Smile

  1. Hope you are on the fast track mending.
    You have had quite an interesting life. :o)
    Enjoyed my visit. :o)

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  2. lifelessons says:

    Good luck. I’ve had three foot surgeries.. If you want to heal fast, find a good masseuse. I had rolfing after my first one and healed so quickly. My dr. couldn’t believe it. Since my last two, I’ve had a masseuse come to my house once a week just to massage my feet. Aaaaah You might have to move to Mexico, though, where a 1.5 hour massage in your own home goes for $25 U.S.

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  3. Both feet in bandages – yikes! Bundy is pretty cute on your scooter. I guess it’s better than hanging him over your shoulders.
    Get well soon, Irene.

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  4. Annecdotist says:

    Oh, to be unable to walk : ( But assume the surgery will be worth it — wishing you a speedy recovery

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  5. macmsue says:

    Certainly looks painful but your positive attitude will help the healing, I’m sure.

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  6. Norah says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery, Irene, and hope you are back on your feet in no time.

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  7. Life is the love that will always break your heart if you let it…If you have the tenacity to look past the difficulties there are some amazing memories to be had. I trust you are working on the memories you want to have.

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  8. trentpmcd says:

    I hope your recovery goes well! It’s always nice to have smiles even when the chips are down. It looks like Bundy didn’t mind the ride at all. 🙂

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  9. I’m a little late with this, so by now you may be recovering nicely. Take it easy, and let time heal you. So glad it’s over for you!

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