1. 2 year smiley face

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    Two years ago today I was in a coma, inside intensive care unit, under the surgeons knife. Sounds rather bleak, but anniversaries make you think of these things in a specific way, such as I did sitting in a traffic queue this morning at roughly the same time as the...
  2. A year to the day…

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    A year ago today, a mechanically propelled vehicle was driven without due care and attention in that for no apparent reason, it crossed the double continuous white lines onto the offside of the road, where it collided with another vehicle causing serious injury and damage. That’s the cold legal description...
  3. Made in China

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    I lie on a metal bed staring at the ceiling art collection as the giant all-seeing mechanical eye blasts a dose of prime quality radiation into me. Made in Japan I read on the unit, safe in the knowledge that it’s a well built machine. Maybe the myriad of stainless...
  4. Physioterrorpist MkII

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    “Can you mark on this chart, where it hurts,” said the eager physio. I take the pen and circle the whole human body diagram. “Does that answer the question..?” Then she hit me with a small rubber hammer…
  5. Another day, another doc…

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    Yesterday’s mission to Frenchay hospital entailed multiple visits to X-ray and the consultant, words of encouragement to start phasing out the ortho boot and crutches, news that my right leg isn’t quite as “fixed” as previously announced and a small protrusion on my right elbow is a piece of wire....
  6. Home is where the heart is

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    After weeks of being hospitalised, I finally have the go ahead to go home, tomorrow. After various tortuous tests and hideous hoops and the caring process I can now sit at home and clock watch…or watch Bargain Hunt, whilst attempting to stop our fluffy assassin cat, Bailey from seeing my...
  7. The Great Escape

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    Developments in my NHS imprisonment are in motion that will see…dare I whisper it…home. After the last trip to Frenchay hospital and copious x-raying, consultant prodding and self appreciation at their surgical prowess, physio torturing, occupational therapist evaluating, and social worker smiling and box ticking, I was informed I could...
  8. A leg up

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    Let me tell you about physio. It involves pain. Real grit your teeth, swear at inanimate objects and focuses the mind on how clever and well tuned our bodies normally are. Today, after god-like consultants had laid on healing hands and said with a cavalier swagger, “this leg you can...
  9. Suffer in Silence

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    I could, feeling as I do at this moment pour scorn on the NHS and direct a barrage of abuse towards the people who have cared for me. If you have the misfortune to end up in hospital, this is a good example of attitude and the system. It’s also...
  10. Right note

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    Late nights on the ward, as the harsh glaring strip lights dim and you can grasp a piece of solitude are often a time when I listen to music – occasionally a sad moment as you connect lyrics to events that landed me here. Anyway, in contrast to that dear...

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