Hospitalisation and Recovery Timeline

Road Traffic Collision (RTC) on 31st July 2015 at 11AM

  • Surgical evacuation of right extradural haematoma (brain surgery)
  • Insertion of Intracranial Pressure (ICP) Monitor

    Critical Care and Neurosurgery Ward from 31.07.2015 to 25.09.2015

    • Coma (natural, then induced) from 31.07.2015 to 27.08.2015
    • Upon leaving my comatose state I exhibited locked-in syndrome symptoms for one week
    • I was discharged from the neuro-ward on 25.09.2015
    • I have no recollection of anything in August and September 2015

    NHS Specialist Rehabilitation Unit from 25.09.2015 to 04.11.2015

    • Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
    • I was taught how to walk again and integrate with other patients
    • I was set minor tasks, such as making porridge, to get my brain active

    Discharge from NHS Rehabilitation Unit on 4th November 2015

    • Ruth took the month of November off work to support me
    • On my first day of discharge I met my life-savers who'd taken care of me in critical care, I didn’t recognise / recall anyone or the surroundings
    • I enjoyed Christmas and being close to my daughter

    Big Dip in Progress from January 2016 to March 2016

    • I don’t recall it, but Ruth advises I struggled very badly
    • ​I was still trying to overcome some of the residual effects of the brain trauma.  I had tingling fingers and lips, which acupuncture was trialed to help with, it didn't.  I struggled to swallow anything other than liquids, I often had early onset of tiredness.

    Volunteering from June 2016 to July 2017

    • I did volunteer dog walking for the infirm from June 2016
    • I sorted donated material for the Midlands Air Ambulance charity from July 2016
    • I undertook a befriending service for the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) from August 2016
    • I volunteered as an IT buddy for the local library from November 2016

    Driving Licence Reinstated on 14th November 2016

    • 16 months after the RTC

    Professional Work on 24th July 2017

    • I returned to the Metropolitan Police Service, who I'd been working for prior to the RTC
    • ​I worked as a freelance IT security consultant with different customers for two further years before retiring on 1st July 2019