At the Haywood Hospital during my early days of recovery. About 90 days post-TBI.
In a volunteer "IT buddy" role at my local library. About 18 months post-TBI.
The numbers alongside each heading below refer to the number of months on from my TBI event on 31st July 2015.
Acceptance: Month 3
Follow this link to view writings about 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 my positives: I still had the love and support of my family and close friends.
Hospital Rehabilitation: Months 3 and 4
This link directs to a page presenting general observations about my time at the Haywood Hospital, as well as diary entries I made of events which happened to me or around me. The term "recovery" was misleading for me, as I wrongly interpreted recovery as meaning getting back to how I once was. I received much good advice from NHS staff about dealing with being discharged from a clinical setting into a normal home environment.
Home Rehabilitation: Months 5 to 13
I kept a diary and made notes of how I felt, which can be viewed by following this link. Friends and family would inform me how much better I seemed as they could remember me being very poorly. I genuinely didn't notice the positive changes, it was only by having the baseline notes to refer to that I could properly evaluate their encouraging comments.
Neurosurgeon Review: Month 5
Follow this link to view a letter my neurosurgeon sent to my GP, further to a progress review meeting with him two weeks after my hospital discharge.
Anxiety: Month 9
Follow this link to view notes I made in preparation for a meeting with my rehabilitation consultant, nine months after my TBI. There's nothing particularly insightful in the list (which is rather personal), but I thought it useful to record anything at that time which came to mind.
Physiotherapist Assessment: Month 10
I was assessed by my physiotherapist, her report can be viewed by following this link. While the physio's role was nominally to work on my physical deficiencies, she also helped me better understand how I felt about myself.
Occupational Therapy: Months 10 to 22
Follow this link to view minutes of meetings and descriptions and outputs from some tasks I underwent following the intervention of a group of occupational therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists. I undertook speech and language therapy, it helped make me aware that I wasn't as limited as I imagined I was. Some of the therapy tasks involved me doing simple exercises on vocabulary and the like, similar to what I might have done at a school age - with hindsight I can see how this was extremely useful to me.
Volunteering: Months 12 to 24
One year after my TBI, I felt certain that returning to my previous professional role as an IT security consultant was entirely unrealistic. However, I felt well enough to need a work-related purpose, so I involved myself in various volunteering roles - I latter learned that this is a recovery approach named "vocational rehabilitation". When I undertook my volunteering path it wasn’t with any objective towards getting back to work, as I never imagined it could be possible. Volunteering turned out to be very successful for me, my eventual return to professional work was a wonderful by-product. Follow this link for an overview of my journey through vocational rehabilitation.
Professional Work: Months 25 to 48
My return to professional work as an IT security consultant with the Metropolitan Police Service in London was fraught with anxiety over whether I was still up to it. I kept a detailed diary record for each day during my first week back, see link.
Retirement: Months 49+
I retired from professional employment in July 2019 and chose the path of volunteering to gain vocational satisfaction. Follow this link to open a page containing an overview of my career, then scroll down to the bottom (My Present and Future) to view some of my volunteering activities.
I decided to transcribe a set of rambling diary entries I made after returning to work, following this link directs to a page which displays them.
I've often pondered the role of the National Health Service in my recovery. Following this link takes you to a web page containing a few of my thoughts about the NHS.