Hospital Rehabilitation Centre: Month 3
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.
Summary of hospitalisation:
Acceptance: Month 4
The acceptance page contains my thoughts on how I managed the frustrations which I knew I was 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 TBI I kept diary records of how I felt. I used the records as a barometer as without reference to how poorly I had felt previously it was difficult to recognise the progress which I was making. People would often inform me how much better I seemed as they could remember me being very poorly, it was only by having the notes (see link) to refer to that I could properly evaluate their kind comments.
External Support: Months 10 to 22
I had a group of occupational therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists assisting me for a period, following this link takes you to a page containing minutes of meetings and some tasks I underwent under their instruction.
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.
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.
Volunteering: Months 12 to 24
About one year after my TBI I felt sure that returning to my previous professional role as an IT security consultant (or indeed any IT role) was 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 professional work was purely a (wonderful) by-product. Follow this link to see an overview of my journey through vocational rehabilitation.
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 or the technology involved, 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, 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, pursuing areas which I have a passion for:
- Working with the elderly, typically in a tech support capacity
- 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 involved in.
Post-TBI Professional Work Summary
I have a positive outlook on life, I consider every lived day beyond my TBI as a bonus. I can sum up my recovery in a single word, contented, follow this link.