Monthly Archives: December 2016

Fabi – thank you!

So only 3 hours sleep last night.

Never mind – except I may not make 12 tonight?!

What have things come to, ffs…

Anyway, big thanks to Fabi, for making me buy a Virtual Reality headset- you get the App, stick your phone in it, and Hey Presto you’re on a rollercoaster/ summit ing Everest/ swimming wiv da fishes etc etc.

I cant find the ‘ Boys Weekend in Prague’ one yet, but please send if you have it?



The bloody spasms are keeping me awake.

It’s 2.30 and it’s a bit relentless.

I’m getting hot but I don’t have the movement to get off the T shirt that I don’t normally wear, and the struggle makes me hotter.

I elevate the bed to let me see my feet , one of which is stuck between 2 bed bars, spasming.

i can’t reach it to free it, so I struggle to reach a knee and move that , which frees the foot.

Released, the foot is now doing its thing at the bottom of the bed, not  looking too injured after it’s spell in confinement

Bugger me, my kayak mate Randall, who I wrote about in this diary only last week, had a bloody heart attack really not long after seeing me.

i think he ate  both of our desserts that night, but that wouldn’t be unusual, and I’m sure can’t have been the reason for his arrest.

Anyway, I’m bloody relieved that he is now definitely on the mend, and I’m sorry that I didn’t know, and I’m sorry that I didn’t visit you in hospital too, my friend .


Also lovely to spend time with Nicola recently and the now normal legged Neal Watson, yesterday, who now doesn’t have to give me a push, as I have my own wheel!




Almost 2017.

Ever since my injury I’ve had the strangest ( consistent ) memory lapse  –  I’m never quite sure what year it is?

I often think it’s 2017 already, and have done for a while. Maybe that’s my desperation to catch up on lost time?


I bought a book called Embarrassing Dad Jokes ( something like that  ) today.

Kids aren’t supposed to laugh at their Dad’s jokes, is the idea.

Mine did though, at these ones.

Their favourite was  –


What goes Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck Boom ?


A chicken in a minefield.



Perhaps that says says a lot about my kids?!

Not good.

It’s 3 am and I’m in pain.

My neck and head are hurting a lot, after spending 25 minutes with my head at 90 degrees to my body, wedged against the ceiling of a ‘ wheelchair cab’.

Uber WAV’s were not available, so I had to use another cab company.

I’d been dissuaded from using my new powered wheel to go the 5 miles to dinner, on the basis that it would be dangerous to come back the same way late at night.

Instead I feel like I’ve fractured the only bits of my spine that weren’t already totally f’d up. Speed bumps were particularly unpleasant.

Next time ( if there is a next time ) I’ll go with my instinct.

Thanks to Chris and Sarah, and their cool boys, T and F.


My stomach once again seriously bloody bloating up like it was connected to the gas mains, I tried a Trike to relieve it, as the vigour has before.

It didn’t work, and as I was wheeling along feeling pissed off, I was thinking about the seemingly non stop run of bad luck, and then the extra complications I seem to be getting.

My original crash, my near drowning, a very dodgy ski crash,  my near suicide, my operations this summer… my imminent divorce and the obvious side effect of being deprived of such regular contact with my daughters… and a young man walked past me, very close to me, and whispered softly three words.

‘ Don’t give up ‘

I’m not a religious man, but it was a very potent moment.

Good luck.

A special hello to my Aunty Gill and Uncle Mike, currently in darkest North Wales, in the pub.

There’s not much wifi up there – they don’t trust it – ‘it’s too modern and no good will come of it, mark my words’  etc etc….

Never mind the mobile phone network, it’s the Gogs you need to watch out for. Just buy em drinks and don’t speak in English.


Russ x