Early Recovery

Months 3 to 12 after RTC

I took some photos of myself and a treasured card from my daughter while in the Haywood Hospital rehabilitation centre in the third and fourth month after my RTC (see link).  There's also daily diary entries I made to record my recovery progress and events that happened to me or around me.

The discharge early days section (see link) is a random set of thoughts about the first few months following my discharge from Haywood Hospital.​  Some of it relates to considering my time in Haywood, and some back at home.

The anxiety section (see link) contains notes I made in preparation for meeting with my rehabilitation consultant six months after my RTC.​

About eight months after my discharge from hospital, I kept diary records of how I felt - see this link.  I used the records as a barometer to help convince myself that I really was making progress.  Without reference to how poorly I had felt previously, it was difficult to see the progress I was making.  People would often comment on how much better I seemed as they could remember me being very poorly, whereas I needed the notes to have a barometer.

​I was given an assessment by my physiotherapist who worked with me during my early recovery days, the report can be viewed by following this link.  While the physio's role was principally to work on my physical deficiencies, she gained great insight into my thoughts and feelings and helped me understand how I felt about myself at that time.

​During my recovery at home, I had speech and language assistance - you can see the output of some of the sessions I had by clicking on this link.

The acceptance section (see link) contains my thoughts on how I managed any frustration I may have been susceptible to.  I focussed on the positives that I still had in my life, primarily the love and support of family and close friends.