Well, what do I say. I’m finally out of isolation, which means I have been able to rejoin my therapy and, more importantly, have a few trips out to the Toby Carvery. Woohoo! Solitary confinement, as I have come to know it, is not easy. It really does take a toll on mental health, which in turn slows down physical recovery. It is very hard hearing this little world I’m in go on around me, whilst I am stuck in my room. But oh well, I’m back now.
Being out of my room also brings the joy of being back in my wheelchair, albeit for only a few hours each day. I slowly had to work it back up; I started with 30 minutes, then an hour, then two… Currently I’m at 6 hours, which is good enough for now. I’m also focusing a lot more on transfers using a Slide Board (or transfer board) which is very physically demanding but fantastic for me. Hopefully I will soon be able to transfer In and out of cars, and so can go home or out and about without paying for taxis.
These last few weeks have been incredibly hard, I’ll be honest. Thankfully I’ve had plenty of distractions, but the mind can be a nasty place when it wants. I’ve missed out on a lot of things, not just physio and other rehab but I’ve not been to see my new home, not seen my friends, I’ve not even wanted to write. But here we are, out the other side.
In other news, I’ve had an MRI; hopefully this will tell the cause of the tingling sensation in my arms so we can sort it out. I’m getting stronger by the day, and although it’s not painful it’s rather annoying to get pins and needles every time I look down!
I’m also thinking of starting a podcast, talking about spinal injuries as a whole, my experiences and Injury, but other stuff too. If anyone has any idea or even thinks it’s a good idea, please drop me a message!
One final note is that all through this experience, people have been there for me that I didn’t even think of, and others that I thought would be have not. I’m extremely lucky to have such a fantastic, broad range of friends, and those that have stuck by me truly are fantastic.