I have really enjoyed doing a blog everyday this week, as part of raising awareness of Action for Brain Injury week. But I, and I am sure, anyone else who follows, or reads, this blog, will be relieved to hear today will be the last one, and I will go back to my usual one a week now, on Wednesdays.
Doing a blog everyday this week has meant I have had the chance to reconnect a few of my memory pathways and flex my vocabulary muscle a tad by getting back into the swing of writing again. However, it must be a coincidence; as I have also had some other big chunks of good news at the same time this week. Firstly, my big news on Monday, where we learned I have been officially discharged by the Gloucestershire Brain Injury Team, which as I said in Monday's blog, means I am one step closer to returning to my normal life. Secondly, my medication continues to be reduced. This is great news as it means the side effects no longer have such a strong hold over me, such as fatigue or memory loss. This gives me great hope of returning to work full time, and being able to perform my skills as a sports journalist, as I have not had a nap once this week. Thirdly, on Tuesday, at the meeting with my bosses, we agreed to increase my hours of work.
I never thought I would say or think this, but I am so glad the rugby season is over, or just about over. I can now put this year firmly behind me and focus on getting back to work, and getting my life back on track. The team I mainly cover, Cinderford RFC, finished their National One campaign two weeks' ago on May 3. So my season is effectively over then. I must say it is a bit of a relief, as now I can focus on returning stronger than ever. Like most sports journalists I know, their lives revolve around sport, and due to my memory problems, I kept getting this summers' football World Cup in Brazil, mixed up with the Rugby World Cup next year in this country. Both events are big deals in any blokes' calendar but the Rugby World Cup is even bigger for me as I may be involved in covering or reporting on some of it, as four fixtures are at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium and covering a World Cup, in any sport, is a big deal, in any sports journalists' career.
Hopefully now, like most of the players who will be competing at the tournament, I should be peaking, or back to full fitness, right on schedule. Also, as I have been off work for just over a year, I should be raring to go and full of excitement, which I am!
This week is over but I am still going to be blogging weekly but this week has got me thinking; I do not want this blog to just be a litany of things in my life. What I ideally would like it to be is hopefully a source of help or inspiration for anyone else going through a brain injury. Please do get in touch with me through my 'contact me' page if you have any questions, I won't have all the answers but I do have my own experience. Sometimes just knowing someone else has gone through the same thing is helpful. Also if you are a friend, or family member, to someone who has suffered a brain injury you can use the contact page again to ask Amy or my family a question and I will pass it on. Of course there are some questions we won't be able to answer but we would love to help in any way we can.
Thank you all for putting up with me this week!
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