The humble Occupational Therapist

I met one of my occupational therapists last week at the OT Show in Birmingham at the NEC. She was at Lincoln County Hospital in the summer of 2013 when I was admitted to the orthopaedic ward after my spine finally gave up the ghost. She was one of the professionals who cared for me during the 3 month stay I had in hospital before my 8 hour spinal operation. And she was one of the people who continued working with me after my op when I came home.

One of the big pushes with me was for me to have something to aim at, a goal, a target… a mountain summit. I haven’t made a mountain summit just yet (we got pretty close and we got pretty high, but just didn’t reach the trig point) but since the operation I have achieved a lot. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with her and share what’s been happening. I certainly had ‘a moment’ as I told her everything that Andy and I had been upto and she was thrilled to see the seven foot display of our C2C adventure – her eyes too were moist!

Just think, from 3 months in bed with now weight bearing following 5 years of spinal degeneration and constant, chronic pain, to these wonderful moments

A huge thanks to all OTs who are out there supporting people like myself to get back on track after life changing illness. They do a fantastic job.


Thank you


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