Inventions & Interventions

Tears and Tiredness

A week ago I had a minor operation. It involved a general anaesthetic and a small incision in my chest not too far from the spot where my chest-thumping tic hits it hundreds of times a day.

I’m generally mending … read more

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A Rowdy Night In

I’ve been resting at home after a minor operation on Friday to change my pacemaker battery. As a result my sleep has been a bit disrupted by pain and discomfort in my chest. But last night it was disrupted by … read more

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Clip On Quokka

If you’re a regular here, or even if you just drop by occasionally, chances are you’ll know I’m really into wheelchairs. I think they’re wonderful in all sorts of ways, but I have one on-going frustration – where do you … read more

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The Great Glove Crisis

Last week the papers were full of reports of lettuce rationing and yesterday I wrote about the UK’s very serious social care crisis, but today it’s a different national shortage that I’m worrying about.

Tourettes is an unpredictable condition … read more

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A Crisis To Care About

As a society we’ve become all too familiar with crises: the financial crisis, the housing crisis, the refugee crisis. We’ve been having crisis shortages of courgettes, plastic bags and even ‘biscuits’!

In the headlines this week has … read more

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Back In Business

At the end of last week I mentioned the back pain I’ve been experiencing on and off recently. My physio had encouraged me to stuff towels between the back of my wheelchair and my body to help push my back … read more

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A Towel In Time Saves Spine

Over the last year or so I’ve been having issues with recurring pain in my lower back and pelvis. At times it’s made sitting in my wheelchair really uncomfortable.

This morning I got a call to tell me that an … read more

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Twelve Messages In Twelve Months

In just a handful of hours 2016 will give way to 2017. It’s tricky to know how to write about a year that’s been full of upheaval the world over, and like many others I’m extremely apprehensive about what the … read more

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For When Your Teacher Needs It

When I was twelve I threw a basketball into my PE teacher’s face. The whole class had been told not to touch the balls, but to my horror I did just that: I picked up the ball and hurled … read more

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A Dangerous Use Of Safety

It’s now over twelve days since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the USA. Like many people in the States and across the globe I was deeply saddened that such a divisive, openly sexist, racist and ableist … read more

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