Recovery


Hospital Rehabilitation Centre: Month 3

I took some photos of myself and a get well card from my daughter while in the Haywood Hospital.  I made great progress in days 58

  • Days 0 to 46 (critical care) - Royal Stoke Hospital
  • Days 46 to 58 (neurosurgery ward) - Royal Stoke Hospital
  • Days 58 to 100 (specialist rehabilitation unit) - Haywood Hospital

There are diary entries I made to record my recovery progress at the Haywood Hospital and events that happened to me, or around me.  Furthermore, there are observations about my time at the Haywood Hospital, follow this link to view the page.


Acceptance: Month 4
The acceptance page
contains my thoughts on how I managed the frustrations which I knew I may have been susceptible to.  I was intelligent enough to recognise that dwelling on negatives would be a downward spiral.  I focussed on the positives that I still had in my life, primarily the love and support of my family and close friends, follow this link to view the page.


Neurosurgeon Review: Month 5
This page contains the letter my neurosurgeon sent to my GP following a meeting with him two weeks after my hospital discharge.  He mentions the severity of my injuries and my remarkable recovery (in the month 4 time frame).  Furthermore, there is discussion of my intent to return to work, follow this 
link to view it.


Anxiety: Month 9

The anxiety page contains notes I made in preparation for a meeting with my rehabilitation consultant 9 months after my TBI, follow this link to view it.​  There's nothing particularly insightful in the list (which is rather personal), but I thought it useful to record anything that came to mind.


Home Rehabilitation: Months 8 to 13

About 8 months after my discharge from hospital I kept diary records of how I felt.  I used the records as a barometer, they helped to inform me 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 means of registering progress.  Follow this link to access the page.


Physiotherapist Assessment: Month 10

​I was given an assessment by my physio who assisted me during my period of home rehabilitation, 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.


​Volunteering: Months 12 to 24
​About one year after my RTC I felt sure that returning to my previous professional role as an IT security consultant (or indeed any IT role) was completely unrealistic.  However, I felt well enough to want to have more purpose in my life, so I became engaged in various volunteering roles
.  ​I learned that the the voluntary work I did is recognised as a recovery approach by the name of "vocational rehabilitation".  When I undertook my volunteering path it wasn’t with any objective towards getting back to work, as I never dreamt it would be possible.  I pursued volunteering simply because I wanted to have a vocational purpose.  With hindsight, my path through various volunteering positions was a structured approach which I don’t think I could have improved upon if I was consciously deriving a way back into professional employment.  However, at the time, I simply did these things because I wanted to get more satisfaction from my life.  Volunteering turned out to be very successful for me, eventually returning to paid work was simply a (wonderful) by-product.  Follow this link to see an overview of my journey through vocational rehabilitation.

Speech and Language Assistance: Month 17
​During my recovery at home, I had speech and language assistance.  Part of my speech assistance was actually making me aware that I wasn't as limited vocally as I thought I was.  Part of my language assistance had me doing simple exercises like I might have done at a school age.  With hindsight I can see how this assistance was extremely useful to me, you can view / hear the output of some of the sessions I had by clicking on this 
link.


Professional Work: Months 24 to 48
When I returned to professional work as an IT security consultant with the Metropolitan Police I kept a diary
for the first week.  The diary contains little about the work undertaken and technology matters, it is more about my feelings at that time.​  Following my 2 years away from professional employment and the many limitations I had acquired as a consequence of my TBI (such as my dreadful short-term memory), the return to work was  a journey into the unknown for me.  Follow this link to open the summary page, where you can skip to the various daily diary entries.

Retirement: Month 49
I retired from professional work on 1st July 2019 at age 50.  After retiring I chose to become involved in volunteering again, following areas which I have a passion for:

  1. Working with the elderly, typically in a tech support capacity
  2. Assisting people who were / are suffering from brain injuries

Follow this link and scroll down to the My Future section to see what I am currently up to.


Professional Summary
My RTC was 31st July 2015, I resumed professional work on 24th July 2017, then retired on 1st July 2019.


Looking Forward

I now have a very positive outlook on life, I like to consider every lived day beyond my RTC as a bonus.  I can sum up my recovery in a single word: contented, follow this link to view my personal thoughts on contentment.