FLORENCE

Florence the Spaniel, who lives near me, was run over a year ago and initially lost the use of her back legs. I would see her dragging her back legs behind her, before I was hospitalised.

Today, whilst we are out, we meet Florence and her owner, trying to improve the walking ability. Florence has more strength in her back legs than before, thanks, we are told, to electronic muscle stimulation. Sometimes, she almost walks normally.

The parallels between us are mentioned, as I try to keep up.

Florence’s back legs occasionally collapse under her, whilst mine are totally inelegant. But I think to myself, if a spaniel can get better, then so can I.