Let me explain.
On Friday morning, I got behind the wheel of a car for the first time in three years - the first time since the bleed which occurred on my brain.
The night before - on Thursday night - we were having dinner with friends - a weekly evening get together we have with Amy's PGCE coursemates we like to call: "Supper Club" - there is even a Whatsapp group!
A couple takes it in turn to host everybody each week by cooking dinner - giving the teachers in the group the chance to share tails from their day. When Amy first moved to Cheltenham to care for me, she did not know many people - showing her compassion and bravery. However, as you would expect, everyone soon fell in love with her!
What was ironic was, as we were leaving, a member of our supper club rolled up and saw me in the learners' car - unfortunately I was so nervous, I didn't have the opportunity to say hello. Luckily, when I got home, I messaged her and apologised, and she understood perfectly.
So after our eventful start, my instructor drove us to quieter roads - ironically near the primary school where Amy teaches! There was a part of me wishing my wonderful fiancée could have seen me driving on the roads - so she could see it for herself!
I was thrilled to be driving again - I couldn't believe I was doing it! After all Amy and I have been through with hospitals, rehabilitation units, medication and doctors' trips, it was moments like this which made me feel better - it gave me a real chink of hope we are moving forward.
Amy has had to do all the driving these last few years and I'm desperate to start paying her back. Hopefully that goal is closer now after booking my second lesson already!
You will see from the film my instructor kindly filmed, there are plenty of adaptations which can be added to help. I was hesitant at first, because I didn't want to be lumped into a certain group in society - which unfortunately comes with stigmas attached to it. So I tried both - with and without - and decided to use them as it made it easier.
The main one, you will notice, was the steering ball, which clips onto the steering wheel to steer better with my stronger right hand.
This proved useful for situations when turning the wheel with both hands and they cross over - giving me less control.
So if help is there, why not use it? It really made a difference and I felt more stable and in control. The main issues were pressing the button on the automatic gear stick or handbrake as my left hand is weaker following my brain injury.
So now you have read about my first driving lesson you can have a watch of it too! As you may be aware Amy and I are trying to film more, to aid me in remember these milestones. This may be my favourite one so far!
Have a watch below!