The 16th of July saw me make two emotional visits. In the afternoon I went to Cambridge airport to meet the crew of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. I had arranged to meet and thank Jemma, the paramedic who treated me on the day of the accident. It was wonderful to be there and see these hugely skillful, yet perfectly ordinary people at work. Sitting and drinking coffee not knowing when the next call might come to send them to another life-threatening incident.
That evening I had arranged to deliver “what’s going on in his head?” at the clinical school at Addenbrookes hospital. Since I spent just over 3 weeks in wards not 100 yards away from the lecture room it was a little odd and yet very satisfying place to be. As I had hoped there were a number of clinicians and research assistants in the audience, as well as my mum and sister.
The talk went well, I am forgetting a little less each time! As often I met some ABI sufferers afterwards. It is always interesting to hear other people’s stories and they seem keen to share them, I think there is strength in talking to someone who you know will understand. Perhaps this is also why so many ABI patients become involved in writing about their experience? I spoke with Angelos Kolias, a registrar in neurosurgery at Addenbrookes who has been kind enough to spread word about my project. I look forward to working with him to write a piece for the journal Practical Neurology. Giving medics who might only see a patient every 6 months after discharge the chance to see the bigger picture.