Yesterday I took a big step in my recovery as I completed my longest stint at work yet.
As part of my graded return to work as a rugby journalist for The Citizen and Echo daily newspapers here in Gloucestershire, I went into the office for three whole hours.
For the two previous weeks I had only managed a hour at a time. So I saw this as a big step forward.
Ok I might not have managed to complete every task that I used to be able to, but I saw it as a good start, or a big step. One of the hardest things to overcome is merely staying awake or up, as anytime I use my brain for something, it completely wipes me out.
It was great to be back sat at my desk with my work colleagues, taking the micky out of each other and talking all things sport again.
Now I am not suggesting for a single second that when I got home I didn't take a nap, because I did, like I have to do every day, unfortunately.
This is another hidden consequence of brain injuries, extreme fatigue. Any sort of reading, watching or thinking tends to tire me out as it uses the brain's functions.
The only problem is; I'm a terrible sleeper. This is not a new development, unfortunately it has always been the case.
I'm told by my parents; I was the same as a baby, I could never ever sleep properly. We were informed it was due to an "overactive brain", put simply, I thought too much. Little has changed.
We specifically chose Tuesday to go into the office as, this is one of the "local rugby" days when various match reports are sent in from a number of the teams in the county, and it was my job to tidy them up or rewrite the reports, if needed, so they read better, giving the teams as good a showing as possible.
It was fantastic! One of the best things about my job is plain and simply; I'm a big rugby fan. Growing up in Leicester, home of The Tigers, winners of countless English Premiership crowns means I have a great love of the sport. In journalism you must always remain neutral. This has never been a problem for me, as I cover the local rugby, so none of the matches or teams that I cover will feature the mighty Tigers. So impartiality will never be an issue for me.
As I have said before; I have always loved and believed in local newspapers. What was also a nice added extra bonus was; while I was "at work" Amy managed to pick up an extra shift at her job at Waitrose. So to add to the celebration of normality; when we both finished, we could ask each other: "how was work dear?" And feel like a normal couple for the first time in ages, and it felt brilliant! Who said "normal" was boring? Because after the last year, "normal" felt amazing.