Another large gap between posts for which I apologise. Since the last post which was when the large collar was removed and replaced with a smaller one, I have ventured out more (albeit mainly to the pub) to go christmas shopping and went to my grandfather’s house to try to organise a potential Christmas stay. We have had two successful weekend leave visits to Ellen’s dad’s house and will continue with them over and after Christmas. I am making use of the Bell pub as a local resource, enjoying relaxing on the weekend. John Stewart (www.Johnthevet.com) has kindly asked his clients to donate to the pavilion trust instead of giving their yearly Christmas bottle of whisky. These and other generous actions are continuing to improve funds for the pavilion.
I have been keeping myself busy with a USB mouse project to enable people with mobility issues to use a mouse. This is going well and I’ve learnt a lot about USB development. Simon, the human resources manager from Roke Manor research, the company I had a contract with previously, has contacted me and we talked about the potential of me working there in the future. The next step is to do a corporate health assessment to gauge what adaptations are necessary for the workspace. This should happen in January.
My neck is getting stronger, and the range of neck movement is slowly increasing, I am waiting for the collar to come off in mid-January and for my assessment with the head controlled powered wheelchair, then I’ll looking into a small mounted computer and environmental controls.
Unfortunately this week I will probably lose my large room and have to downsize, meaning taking a lot of equipment back to my grandfather’s. After Christmas I will be moved to Joseph ward, outpatients, for six weeks.
I have been allocated funds for a carer over Christmas from the local authority, but unfortunately I have no carer to hire as there are all booked up for Christmas. This would help take pressure off my family a bit.
Best wishes to all over the Christmas period.Â Tom