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Manchester Rotary Igloo

I’m not sure if or when this post will make it onto the website. I’ve not got a lot to say and what I do have is pretty vague and personal. But I feel compelled to write, so I’m just … read more

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Fixed Stare

A couple of days ago I was waiting to pick up some medication in a busy hospital pharmacy. There was a boy aged about nine also waiting. I pulled up in my wheelchair and waited nearby.

The boy couldn’t take … read more

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Laughs From The Past

Earlier this evening Leftwing Idiot and I were chatting on the phone when he said something that made me draw breath. For a moment it felt like my brain stalled, jarred by a sad truth in an ordinary conversation.

We … read more

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A Close Shave

While we’re here in Portland, Leftwing Idiot, Lily and I are sharing an apartment-sized hotel suite. I wrote the other day about the difficulties I’ve been having weeing and the bladder stimulating device I’ve been given to try out.… read more

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Bladder Buzzer

I’ve written a fair bit recently about my wee troubles. I’ve been going to the toilet all the time. It’s frustrating enough during the day, but at night it’s horrible and adds a whole extra dimension to my sleeplessness.… read more

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New Diagnosis

Over the last two years I’ve been experiencing increasing pain in my back and hips as well as in other joints, including my wrists, ankles and shoulders. Along with this almost constant pain I’ve also been having difficulties with nausea … read more

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Commending Commodes

I’ve never had a strong bladder. One of the most agonising experiences of my
childhood was trying to hold back an urgent wee on a trip to Ikea with my dad. And
the time I pissed in his construction site … read more

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A Wee Issue

While it may sound a lot like a ‘crap boast’, one of the things that used to wow my friends was how quickly I could go to the toilet. I used to pride myself on my powerful pissing – I … read more

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My Monastic Chamber

I had a visit last week from my occupational therapist (OT) whose job is to make sure I have everything I need to be as safe and independent at home as I can be.

Over the last year or so … read more

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Medication’s What I Need

Because of the chronic pain I’m experiencing, which I’ve written about a lot recently, I’m under the care of my local pain clinic and my GP, and I’ve got a range of medications to help me manage the pain.

There … read more

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