A Possible Silver Lining

I’m just a little bit excited.

Keith met with his surgeon today. The operation of last June 2021 was not as successful as hoped. The surgeon did suggest, back then, that a partial knee replacement would be the answer should K need further surgery. Alas, this is the case.

However, there is a possible silver lining. Due to the covid restrictions of the past two years, and because of K’s knee concerns we haven’t been able to enjoy the dance as we would have liked; we have been dancing only a handful of times during this time.  This has proven to cement in us the love that we both share. We decided, should the surgeon suggest further surgery that K would go ahead with it; knowing that there would be the inevitable recovery time.

We have both lost physical strength and the endurance needed for competition dancing. However, we have also decided that comp dancing is the only form of dance for us that truly satisfies. I love dancing with my man. I love my man. We truly flow so well together.

Therefore, I have started an exercise programme to get back in shape. I need the challenge that only competition dance can give. And, our united love of the dance, that brings us such joy, is also the energy needed to spur us on.

The Collective Consciousness advised me some time past that a challenge that would stretch was required. And, I know this is true for me. I am not content to passively move through life. I need to have a purpose. I need fun. I need joy. I need a goal; both a physical goal and a mental one.

“What we did not advise, dearest, was the inevitable consequences of fearlessness; i.e., boredom, dearest, and negativity.

So how is this overcome?

It can only be overcome, dearest, by having interests that push the boundaries. By this we mean, dearest: You must take the proverbial bull by its horns and set yourself some goals that will truly test you.

So, until we begin our journey back to the dance floor I will concentrate on getting fit once again. I am so looking forward to it.

Many Blessings to All

Carolyn xoxoxo

© 2022 Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk


    1. Fingers crossed, Dorothy! There’s still so much depending upon K’s next surgery.
      Though, even if it doesn’t prove successful, in regards dancing, I have a goal and a purpose. That, in itself, feels great.

        1. Thanks for asking. But, no, not yet!
          However, it’s all programmed, so to speak. The anesthetist (the same one who did the first surgery) is booked, as is the specialist doctor. We just have to wait for the backlog of surgeries to be done now that elective surgery is back to normal.
          The answer is more: How long is a piece of string?
          The best thing is – Keith is ready to go whenever it happens!

    1. Thank You so much, Rebecca; we will need all the stars to align for this. Hopefully, it is within our plan.
      In the meantime I’m enjoying a new exercise/eating regime I was inspired to begin. It’s so lovely just to have a goal…
      Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!!

    1. I’m sure he will receive them, Dear Anjali. Thank You so much.
      It’s all systems go now. We have only to wait on the Doctor letting K know the date for the surgery. The hospital and anesthetist were booked today, and K has had the preliminary blood work needed.
      Fingers crossed for him.
      Sending good vibes to you in return!

    1. Hahah…. We love to dance! 💕
      As a young child I watched as a friend, a neighbourhood child, went to weekly dance lessons; I was so envious. 😂 I always hoped that, one day, I too would learn to dance.
      It took another 40 years before that happened, but, happen it did. And, to add to the enjoyment, came my partner Keith in 2003. We became not only partners in life, but also partners in dance.
      We are both so fortunate to have each other!
      Loving you and your blog of joy! 😍

    1. Here’s hoping, Lulu. We can but try!
      Thankfully, we both love to get dressed up, too. Putting on the tux and ball dresses is such a treat. And then comes the exhilaration of the dance. Wow; fingers crossed…

    1. Keith says – “Thanks for your kind thoughts.”
      And I say Thank You, too! 🙂 💕

      I was born in the year of the Tiger – I’m hoping this bodes well for us!
      Happy New Year to you too.

  1. Dear Carolyn, we come to bring Healing Pawkisses for your hubby and for a speedy recovery from the surgury🙏
    You make such a beautiful pair on the dancefloor. Hope you can dance together again sooner than soon. We sure wish that for the both of you and as there’s no time in the cosmos, it will be soon😸Extra Pawkisses for the both of you🐾😽💞

    1. A wonderful sentiment, Dear Granny and Binky; Thank You so much. 💕
      We have no idea when the surgery will be. As you’ve said, I too, and my beautiful man, hope it will be soon. Elective surgery is just getting back up and running here in Australia (due to the pandemic). So, with the backlog for surgery in place there is no way to tell when it will be K’s time…
      However, all is go now; so, fingers crossed.
      Again, Thank You for your well wishes. We truly appreciate them! 🌈
      Lots of hugs and kisses

  2. I admire your perspective on this, Carolyn, and the path you’ve both taken to get to this point of knowing what matters, what lights the fire inside of you both, and what you both need to keep going. I think the challenge of getting fit is a good one. I also need a challenge or goal or purpose of some kind. I’m sorry that Keith needs further surgery though, I really am. It’s never a good time for it, but it seems even worse during these pandemic days. I saw your reply to one of the comments that elective procedures are just getting back up and running – I hadn’t realised so much was delayed there, unlike the UK. Sounds like healthcare has taken a hit everywhere, regardless of how bad the Covid numbers have been. I really do hope that he gets a date soon and doesn’t have to wait too long for the actual surgery.

    Sending you both lots of love xxxx

    1. Yes, it’s true, Caz; the pandemic has had many intrusions upon general life. To be precise: It had only been the ‘non-urgent’ elective surgery that had been temporarily suspended – Keith being in that category! Emergency and urgent elective surgery had been geared down, though was still available when needed. At least he’s now in the queue!
      I do believe, Caz, that we all need a goal, a challenge; something that pushes us a little. I also admire you for your incredible work online. You are obviously admired for your well written and researched posts. I do hope, though, that you find something that can be just for you! That’s how I am viewing getting fit. Even though it will surely help should we venture back to the dance floor; it is also really just for me. And it is something I’ve truly never done before. I want to do this for me! Before now there had always been a sense of doing something/everything primarily for others. That table has now reversed. And, it feels very good. I know that others will benefit, however, that is not for me to pursue.
      I’m hoping you find that sense of self, too.
      Lots of Love and Blessings

  3. You are taking such a positive approach and that is wonderful. I wish you and K many dances ahead and, in the meantime, quiet days together that continue to keep you close xx

    1. I’m not too sure about the ‘quiet days’, Christy!
      Because of K’s mum being in a nursing home in full time care, and her home in need of much TLC, our days are currently spent at our home then hers – there is so much to do!
      However, I do appreciate the sentiment of your words. Somehow, amongst all the current seeming chaos we do enjoy each other’s company, and the special together times. We have just now arrived home from one of those eight hour car trips to see her, and time spent getting her literal house in order. Thank goodness we are two peas in a pod, as they say. We thoroughly enjoy being together, no matter what it is we may be doing. We are so very fortunate!
      And I am hoping that, you too, are well and happy.
      Many Blessings, Dear Christy.

    1. Keith thanks you, Michael; as do I..
      He has received the date for the surgery – mid April. The hospital, surgeon and anesthetist are all booked. All that is needed is for K to ‘present himself’. 🙂

      1. Back in 2014/2016 Pam had bi-lateral total knee replacements and after a long period of recovery and rehabilitation she is back to normal. It is important to follow the post-surgery physical rehabilitation regime, she did and had great results.

        1. That is so good to know, Michael; knee, or any joint problem can make life so hard. Well done to Pam.
          Keith’s surgeon has advised he will be doing physiotherapy for some time as part of his recovery.
          Back in 2014 and 15, because of the illness I suffered, physio was an integral part of our lives. K helped me enormously to integrate recovery into my life.
          Now the tables are turned and it will be he who will need my support.
          I guess; what goes around comes around. In this case, Michael, it will be in the positive!

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