Last Updated: October 2021
In terms of life-changing events, mine was a stroke, in early 2016. Five years down the line, I consider myself as recovered now as I will ever be, although I am left with disabilities and I see differences, particularly in my behaviour, to before.
I have a wife and a grown-up, left-home daughter who is estranged. I keep them out of the blog, just to respect their privacy.
I live in a rural location just outside Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Prior to 2016, my career was IT. I worked at a high-level in both London and New York. But in the few years leading up to the stroke, I swerved. I took a career break. I was very active, my first love was bicycles and I became a mechanic.
In February/March 2016, I was in hospital for five weeks. I was unimpressed by the care I received, and this tends to flavour my writing. To that point, I’d never made use of the health service.
I was left with a damaged left side. I left hospital in a chair and have learned to walk again. Long-term, my hand and foot are immobile, everything else is weaker.
The damage to my hand means that I no longer scribe, don’t drive, and this blog, which started off as a personal journal, is typed one-handed.
My vision was also affected, and I prefer to listen to web pages rather than to use my eyes. My present technology allows me to listen to posts, but not comment threads, which I usually skip.
I have been a hypertensive diabetic for many years and presumably one of these caused the stroke, although no firm cause was discovered. These too, are subjects which I have written about.
The stroke has had less obvious effects like my stamina, my mobility, but also anxiety. Having previously commuted large distances, I now develop from home, while keeping an eye out for local opportunities. To date, I have released four applications, all of which medical in nature and released freely.
A further role I play following the stroke is voluntary work. This became particularly important during the pandemic. Note, however, that this blog is a personal blog – I do not speak for anybody else.
My disabilities mean that I am in receipt of UK disability benefits, and I sometimes talk about these.
I always followed politics but mostly avoided getting involved with any one party. I once dabbled with the Green Party – I fell out with them eventually but they indicate broadly where my politics lie.
I am happy to say that as I have improved, I blog less and less about health issues and more of a pot-pourri. I regularly write creatively, so hopefully you will find something here to your taste. I try to inject humour into my writing, where I can.
If you would like to know even more, I penned a more detailed biography when I started the blog, in 2017. Bear in mind the age of the page when you read.