Friday, 13 March 2020
Blink and You’ll Miss It – 13/3/2020
It’s Friday 13th March 2020.
I’m a Survivor of Physical, Mental and Sexual Abuse. I didn’t sleep very well last night due to vivid flashbacks to the abusive past. I slept with the night light on and the bedroom door open in a bid to help me sleep. I experienced a seizure in the course of the night and daybreak arrived. I love the sound of the birds singing first thing in the morning. The birds singing to welcome in a new start to the day.
I sustained a fall in the bathroom before Support Worker Claire arrived and I had difficulty dressing myself (some of the many daily challenges I experience living with a brain injury disability). Support Worker Claire and I did some admin and did some preparation work for payroll next week. There’s more to do this time of year due to the fast-approaching financial year end.
Claire and I attended the gym although I had a lot of difficulty with my balance and coordination. Claire keeps me in line, telling me off when I do too much and ensures that I remain safe. I’m happy that Claire keeps me in line. Claire is brilliant in respect of motivation and keeping me as safe as possible. The staff at the Braunstone Leisure Centre (Leicester) are aware of my health situation and are supportive. They have had to search the building for me on a previous occasion when I became very unwell and went missing. Thankfully I wear a GPS Tracker around my neck, through which the Police are able to track me and assist me when the need arises.
After Claire left for the day, I had another seizure and I spent time studying the papers for the forthcoming meeting of Full Council at Braunstone Town Council & Leicester Forest East Parish Council of which I am an elected member (he says with an enormous amount of pride.)
The week has passed by so quickly – blink and you miss it.
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Friday, 21 February 2020
Today I attended the Braunstone Leisure Centre with my Support Worker (Dipak).
I was on a mission to beat my Personal Best of twenty minutes on the rowing machine.
I set my target to thirty minutes. At fifty-five minutes in I really needed to stop. Being so close to doubling my thirty-minute target I was determined to push on. I set a new Personal Best of sixty-two minutes. One hour and two minutes. To say that I’m pleased is an understatement.
An achievement of epic proportions.
I know I will experience seizures later on but going to the gym is good for my overall well-being, so I carry on regardless.
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Thursday, 20 February 2020
20th February 2020. 15.00
Had a seizure and fall this afternoon.
This is somewhat frustratingly expected.
This after this morning’s gym session with Support Worker Dipak. This morning I set a new Personal Best of 51:23 on the Cross Trainer. On 01/01/2020 I couldn’t manage three minutes.
Exercise leads to an increase in falls and seizures but exercise is good for one’s mental health therefore one carries on regardless.
I always want to be an improvement on yesterday.
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