Whilst she isn’t my own Mother, Dani is the mother of my two children.
She is the proverbial Superwoman.. Devoted, loving, caring, organised, tireless, generous.. are there enough complimentary adjectives out there to describe her?
There’s no way my daughters realise how fortunate they are to have her as their mum.
To my horror, I hear they haven’t even got her a card today ( despite my reminding them repeatedly ). They are certainly old enough to know better.
Dani, I’m sorry.
Very few people could have handled this last 9 months in the way that you have.
Your friends are in awe of you ( I’m told that at least once a week ), so don’t be down at heart today.
The girls love you very much, and you know it.
Have you ever realised how songs on the radio take you back to the time you first heard them?
You may not have really thought about it much, or at least not with the sort of nostalgia that I do now.
Even songs that are getting loads of airplay now were released before my accident, when I could do pretty much anything I wanted.
I saw a lot of bands live, with Dani,friends, and work colleagues and staff too.
Hearing songs triggers memories of better times. It’s a dilemma, that one – to listen to music that I should love, that makes me long for the past in the process.
A really big thank you to Chris, from Sky, for oiling the wheels that got Ringside involved in the boxing event.
I’ve known Chris for years, via Richmond Canoe Club, where he’s been a club stalwart for a long time.
In my past life, he ‘supported’ me in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race’s, always being the sort of guy you could rely on to do something methodically and well.
I never for a moment thought that I’d have a boxing event staged in my honour… Well why would I..
But Chris’s involvement really upped the ante, and I suspect that his help in this event may just be the start.
He’s another example of someone stepping up to the mark and making a huge difference.
So..having tried a mono ski for 3 hours this morning, I can confirm that it’s harder than a two ski device.
That being pretty pedictable, I wonder why the French insist you go on a mono before they try you on a Bi.
All will be revealed perhaps tomorrow, when I ski a harder area on a Bi.
Today I ate a lot of snow, but didn’t let it get me down.
I wasn’t ‘tethered’ to Jean-Jacque, my instructor, though he did have the option of holding the bar behind me to ‘drive’ me when it got tricky. The thing is, due to general lack of sensation, I couldn’t tell half the time when I was in control or being driven.
Towards the end, I got better at it, it has to said, and it stands to reason that tomorrow I’ll be more balanced.
Well that’s my theory.
Dan and Saskia are looking after me extremely well. God knows how they got me, 3 kids in child seats, a wheelchair , a shower bench, 4 suitcases and themselves into the hire car.
Then last night they carried me in my chair up a flight of steps, with a bloody great right angle in it, whereupon shortly after I fell asleep, prompting them to carry me down again.
It’s gotten a lot easier to get into high cars of late, having abandoned my wooden plank transfer technique and adopted one I saw on YouTube.
I still need the seat of my pants grabbed and pushed in the right direction, but it does seem to be easier..
Seeing how capable my mates are with their kids does reinforce what I’m acutely aware I can no longer do with my own.
Sometimes I miss my legs so much, but I don’t think about it anywhere near as much as I did before.
..to ‘me Julie’ for taking me not only to Honda to look at cars ( adapted ), but also for her practical skills as a driver and ‘showerer’.
Honda were great, as are their cars.
I’ve suddenly got a whole log better at getting in and out of them, without using a plank of wood under my arse to slide across.
Using the ‘roof handle’ and now being far stronger ( thanks to Adam ) has changed everything..
Skiing on Sunday morning, without fear should make it a whole lot better than the last time ( which actually went ok ).
This time I hope to really rip the ass out of it.
Though hopefully not mine, in the process…
Great pic of us, at Sky Sports Studios for Ringside.