I have posted a few serious blogs recently, so I want to try and show the other "lighter" side of my experience of a brain injury to be a bit more positive, but at the same time, I don't want to disrespect anybody else's injury or recovery.
My family, and girlfriend Amy, have kept my spirits up and made me laugh so much during this whole time by telling me about the funny things I have said due to medicinal hallucinations. We got to thinking about these funny things because we watched the Oxford/Cambridge boat race last Sunday, which last year I was convinced I was supposed to be racing in. I got quite upset at the time as I thought I was letting down all of my friends and team mates by not being there with them.
So I thought I would share some of our favourite stories because they are too good not to share!
- I once told Amy I had spent the morning in a pantomime playing the character of Mary Magdalene, which I can only presume was because I had been watching a spiritual documentary and Amy's family are quite religious too, whereas I'm not really, so we think I was trying to impress them, I would love to know the name of that pantomime, suggestions on a postcard....
- Also, everyday while visiting me, I would ask if my family had managed to check in at the hotel I was staying at, the hospital..
- Every day my family said they were leaving and I would say: " hold on a sec, I'll come with you." Bare in mind I could not leave my bed at this point.
- I was also convinced I met up with my brother-in-laws' mum for lunch at my old college in Leicester every day. I also told them I had rung their home and spoken to their new cleaner... Roseanne Barr.
- One day I got really upset because I thought I was to blame for my cousin, Steve, not being able to play for Leicester Tigers.
- At one point my family were slightly concerned as I confided in them I was part of a select group who were actually time travellers. I began (correctly, and weirdly) predicting the results of football matches. Thankfully, my family persuaded me to keep my powers to myself, seeing as I was in a hospital surrounded by doctors. I just wish I still had them!
- Former South African president Nelson Mandela and I were also emailing each other on a regular basis, apparently.
- When I had just got out of ICU and was only just able to talk again, I told everyone at the end of visiting time not to worry about me at night because that was my favourite time as the place turns into a casino and there were playboy bunnies walking around. (Amy was not amused)
- The best and most mortifying tale is when Amy's family came for a visit. The conversation went a little like this.
Amy's family: 'hi Will. How are you doing?'
Me: 'I don't know whether you know why I'm in hospital. I'm in here recovering from a penis reduction.' (Looking straight at Amy's younger brother) 'they lobbed (cut) off a foot of it but don't worry because I've still got a foot of it left. And also I've had a boob job so that's why I'm here. I'm recovering.'
When Amy told me this story I was mortified! But thankfully the Perrings are a brilliant bunch and just laughed about it.
Through all the bad I am so glad that we can look back at these precious moments of laughter.