johntaras Posted January 13, 2012 Share Posted January 13, 2012 Its been a long time since I posted a thread but I have just had the most satisfying day since my SAH. I returned to work last April and over a period of weeks managed to get back to full time only to find that this was too much to cope with. So before Christmas I took the big decision to request a formal reduction in my hours down to four days a week. But I never felt that I had quite returned to my old level. I had begun to get out and deliver Skills for Life courses again locally, due to my driving restrictions. But still felt that I was only partly participating. That was until today when I finally was able to visit a company to work with 9 Apprentices and start them off on their Key Skills qualification. It could not have gone better, all of them turned up, the brief presentation went well and the following three hour session was great and really productive with the work they produced. This afternoon I returned to College and while fresh in my mind produced a written statement of what had taken place and distributed it to all Attendees. My Diary is now full with planned Visits. Then this Evening I had the most wonderful experience, I have wanted to return the wonderful gift that the Hospital bestowed on me in November 2009 when thanks to their swift action and choices I managed to be sent to North Staffs Hospital at Stoke where they proceeded to save my life by their marvellous care and surgical abilities. So I joined the League of Friends at the PRH Telford as this was my local Hospital and first port of call on that fateful night. I am know a Committee Member but tonight went one further and performed my first Volunteer shift in the League of Friends Cafe. It was a wondrous experience and I cannot wait for my next visit next Friday. It may seem like such a trivial experience, when some of the Threads are messages of despair. But for me it is another tick of achievement in that long road to recovery. I will not say normality, because what is normality? We have all experienced different emotions and degrees of disability both visible and hidden. But I will repeat a message that I include once before in a Thread, the Brain is a marvellous, resourceful Organ that where possible will rewire itself and repair itself when possible. Try not to despair, it does take time and yes some things do not come back. But we are still here and have the chance to make a contribution. Take care and nite nite! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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