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  1. 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...
  2. Here endeth the lesson

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    Today the NHS physioterrorpist, ended his current campaign of shock and awe on my ailing limbs, with some final words of encouragement, as he’d done all he can do for now, though left the door open to come back, once a surgical consultant has fired up his torch welder and...
  3. Goniometer

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    Word of the day is Goniometer, which I discovered for the first time this morning, when my trusty NHS physioterrorpist swished back a typically colourful but depressing curtain, investigated a few drawers before exclaiming to the whole treatment room, “has anyone got the goniometer?” From behind another depressed curtain came...
  4. Day in the life

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    Up early despite being knackered from the previous days new exploits in the gym – I joined and in my first session used the treadmill, reclined bike and the salt water pool. I had to go to an NHS therapy drop-in clinic. You drop in and wait for a couple...
  5. Private v NHS

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    In a fantasy death match, who would win…private Physioterrorpist or an NHS one? From today’s experience, my money is on the privateer. This morning I had hydrotherapy in a private pool, followed by acupuncture and hands-on ankle wrestling. I knew she’d drawn blood when I heard the matter of fact...
  6. Cane and disable

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    Another treat today as I visited the mighty NHS therapy department at Cheltenham General, where I was stretched on a table, that looked positively medieval in design. “Does this hurt?” She quizzed in a self delusional way. They know it hurts. You wouldn’t be there otherwise. She also swapped my...
  7. We aim to see patients within 4 hours

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    It’s 3.21 am and I’m in the emergency room waiting for an ear nose and throat doctor to check if there is indeed a salmon bone stuck in my throat. I appear to be the last man standing in the waiting room… There’s an ever present matrix sign reassuring me...

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