Staying in

We are both little ill at the moment with winter bugs. So staying in a lot. Going to see some live music on Monday (Billy Bragg and the King blues) which I’m very excited about.I’m having my kidney Stones chopped out sometime in the future (have to be surgically removed because they are too big to be “blasted”) which is an operation I am not looking forward to. My ankle is eventually recovering I think, I’m going for another x-ray today to make sure it’s safe to weight bear. Without standing I’m a lot less comfortable sitting around all day because my body doesn’t get the same type of exercise.
The personal health budget is going really well, allowing me to have more control and visibility over my care funding. Obviously little more of an administrative burden for me but I think it’s worth it.
Work is very interesting, did my first PV (private venture) presentation to the directors of the company yesterday, this is an application for internal investment into work that will improve the technical capability of the organisation in some way. I’m going to be looking at multicore technologies and ways to utilise multiple processing entities within software. This is not something new but expertise is usually beneficial.
Off-road wheelchair is still in development, looking forward in trepidation to trying it out. Hopefully not too much longer now. The majority of fundraising is complete but still trying to raise the remainder.

Social reflections

We went to a good friend’s birthday recently and seeing all the lovely people from what seems like a past life was great. It was also difficult for me to see people who knew me vaguely in a previous form, it felt awkward in an open environment. This is probably because I am aware that an appreciation of the stark contrast between life now and life before my accident has been formulated. I think it feels awkward for me because of a self-consciousness brought about when the reality of my physical condition and capabilities is “brought home”. Sometimes when meeting people for the first time who have no knowledge of me before my accident, and therefore are not inadvertently comparing my present image/form to that of before, I feel more comfortable because I imagine they see a physically compromised individual with distinct cognitive ability rather than a previously blooming individual with a comparative dearth of physical ability.

Anyway, there is my introverted and egotistically indulged reflection on my emotions. I think I still enjoyed the evening.

We went to a good friend’s birthday recently and seeing all the lovely people from what seems like a past life was great. It was also difficult for me to see people who knew me vaguely in a previous form, it felt awkward in an open environment. This is probably because I am aware that an appreciation of the stark contrast between life now and life before my accident has been formulated. I think it feels awkward for me because of a self-consciousness brought about when the reality of my physical condition and capabilities is “brought home”. Sometimes when meeting people for the first time who have no knowledge of me before my accident, and therefore are not inadvertently comparing my present image/form to that of before, I feel more comfortable because I imagine they see a physically compromised individual with distinct cognitive ability rather than a previously blooming individual with a comparative dearth of physical ability.

Anyway, there is my introverted and egotistically indulged reflection on my emotions. I think I still enjoyed the evening.

Jimmy Savile, RIP

Jimmy was a fantastic person who gave everything he had to help others. I didn’t know him very well but he definitely helped us through a hard time. He was also the pioneer of the National spinal injuries centre which has given countless people their lives back, I can’t think of a more worthy cause to have devoted time to.
“We are going to have to move you out into the car park, I can’t be having anyone better looking than me in the hospital” J. Savile to me when I was in intensive care with Ellen.