For this week's blog, I wanted to go into a bit more detail about something I have merely touched upon in previous blogs; Headway. Headway is the National Brain Injuries Association charity, but what this means to me is so much more. Every Wednesday morning Amy takes me to Headway, which is located across the road from Gloucester Royal Hospital. It has quickly became a safe haven for me, offering a chance to mix with other brain injury survivors and practice life skills that are harder since my injury.
One of the worst consequences of my injury is I feel so complete and utterly useless a lot of the time, unable to help Amy with anything such as cooking and cleaning. Whereas at Headway, as I have mentioned before in previous blogs, I have baked cakes or fairly easy meals such as spaghetti bolognese. This place means so much to me because for at least one night of the week it means I can actually cook the dinner for us both, so Amy does not have to and, for once, she gets a break. Now, having practiced at Headway, I feel much more confident in our kitchen at home and have started equaling out cooking duties.
Amy would, of course, say it is not a burden for her at all, because she's amazing. Now I don't mean to sound ungrateful, depressive or even soppy, but it is hard having to rely on someone else, especially someone who has already done so much, or given up so much, for me already.
I used to stay at Headway for just the morning; 9-12. But recently we took the decision to stay for a bit longer in the day, and incorporate lunch. It is a good way for me to practice my stamina for staying awake and alert for longer during the day.
It is also a good break for Amy, she has said before when I am at a Headway she can have a morning away from me and "our situation" but does not worry at all because she knows I am in such safe hands. This is such a blessing for her as it gives her a much-needed and thoroughly-deserved break.
Headway fully invest in everyone and go above and beyond to help in any way they can!
Tomorrow, I will be starting an eight-week media course, run by Headway, which could not be more perfectly timed, what with my ongoing graded return to work.
I'm looking forward to it for a few reasons; firstly, experiencing some resemblance of my job/career, secondly, hopefully contributing, helping or actually giving something back to Headway, who have done so much for me already, for which, I will always be so grateful for.
Headway we cannot thank you enough!