Yesterday on Jungle Red Writers my blog sister Rosemary Harris shared her experience visiting the real Downton Abbey in England. This was an interesting coincidence as I was thinking about Downton Abbey as I tried to get up from an arm chair.
We discussed Downton Abbey a lot earlier this year and I now have to report that they got one thing wrong. Very, very wrong. When Matthew gets back the use of his legs, stands up to rescue Lavinia and learns to walk again. Sorry, but impossible the way he did it. As one who cannot use her left leg at the moment, I can tell you that there is no way he could have risen from a wheelchair, after not having used those legs for months and stood alone, and certainly not leaped across the room to hold his lady love. He would have needed lots of therapy, lots of exercises before those legs would have borne his weight.
I can only get up if I take my weight on both arms, then steady myself and take a deep breath, holding myself up on my walker. I'm trying to get around as much as possible so that my muscles don't become weak (like Matthew's would have been). So now I see any movie in which a character suddenly walks again and everyone sighs "It's a miracle" I'm going to shout out "Wrong! Rubbish!"