Monday July 21st

Message from Tom:
I have been busy over the last couple of weeks recovering stamina and strength and trying to keep up my nutritional balance. There has been intense planning on lots of people’s parts to realise this trip to Switzerland and we are almost there. We leave tomorrow at 1 p.m. for a 14 hour journey to Nyon for a eight day holiday at paleo Festival. I have met lots of interesting people this week one of whom is in a similar position to me (c4 complete, is no movement below shoulders) but 26 years on he was teaching me lots of ingenious but simple techniques for achieving seemingly impossible tasks. I met another patient who was a 16 year old boy with a C5 complete injury who was being extremely brave.

PS We arrived safely in Nyon, Switzerland, at 7am Tuesday 22nd July and were listening to the bands at the Paleo festival by 8pm. We returned in the evening July 29th after a great week.

5 thoughts on “Monday July 21st”

  1. Dear Tom

    Fantastic news!! I’m so excited for you and hope you have a wonderful adventure, meet lots of interesting people and hear some great music (i.e. great to your ears, probably not to mine!)

    I look forward to hearing about it all when you return.

    My warmest wishes


  2. Tom

    Absolutely delighted that you have made it to Switzerland.
    Doubt whether you had time to read my mail after my last two comments (?) so here it is again to share with all your well wishers:

    The importance of being there

    “However good the video link, however clear the audio, and however anatomically accurate the avatar, sharing the same space and breathing the same air makes a difference to the quality of interaction, especially when you’re trying to do something creative rather than being a passive member of an audience.”

    Bill Thompson BBC Digital Planet 15-07-08

    Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy yourself.

  3. That’s wonderful news! I can’t tell you how often I’ve opened up this page hoping beyond all hope that you made it! And you did! In the post today came a work-request for a character reference. I’m doing that.
    lots of love – have a great holiday – Barbara

  4. By the way – has the person who is 26 years on written all these ways of achieving seemingly impossible tasks down and are they all on the net so others don’t have to spend years re-inventing the wheel?

  5. Yay I’m so glad you guys got to go to Paleo, I’m very jealous too though!! Eat a chocolate filled piadina for me and have a wonderful time! Lots of love to you and els x x x x

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