Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

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Two Sides to the Coin [PT.I]

When something awful happens, it’s often easiest of all to see the negatives, impossible to ignore the seriousness, however, helpful too, if we can reflect and find at least some positives, no matter how small. The latter, takes a little more time, though, naturally – after acceptance.

I | Life-Lines.

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As I lay in the bed in my local hospital, during the week that I was there, I had much time to reflect on what had happened to me and, to worry myself stupid as to the possible outcomes, relative to my future. With four broken bones in my spine, a broken toe (there’s a cruel joke if ever I heard one!) and severely bruised (yet miraculously, not broken) ribs (so I was told) – I had to suffer the indignity of wearing knee-length white socks, too. Okay, I know – I’m in the trade so I know how badly I absolutely do not want a DVT or worse, a PE. But with the help of regular pain relief, I was able to see the lighter side of things, sometimes. Most notably, I was still alive, and, I guess I’m in bonus-time now.

II | Introducing – Wendy.

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While friends and colleagues kept me busy with frequent, daily visits, appropriate (and inappropriate) humour(!), anecdotes, utter mickey-taking and wishes for a good recovery, I (fortunately, gratefully) had little time to wallow in self-pity – still, that would happen all by itself during the early hours of each morning as I lay flat on my back, not even able to turn myself when my back-side became numb, or my back became more painful through each passing hour. The night terrors had successfully installed themselves in my head like a post-shutdown virus, to be activated every night during the hours of midnight and five a.m. just as they still do, and so, I needed something normal to act as a coping mechanism. Something intrinsic inside me.

III | Amber – One of my Guardian Angels.

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After a visit from my beloved, and a heartfelt request for my camera bag – she arrived later that evening to put a huge smile on my face as she sat it on my drawer unit next to me. I imagined that whilst having to remain still on my back for the time being, I would be rather stuck for shooting opportunities and, I wasn’t wrong. With this in mind, I hope that you will forgive my distinct lack of artistic content in these images. They are real, though. If the desire is strong enough – it’s still possible to capture a few frames that will serve to remind me again and again, of just how bloody lucky I am to even be here. I live to shoot again. Bonus time or not – however I look at it, for everything that’s good in this life, a second bite is a most welcome gift and, “every day, in every way – I am getting better, and better”.


IV | Defining: ‘Snookered’?

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Postcards from the Recovery Position [PT.I]
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17 thoughts on “Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

  1. Hey Rob,
    shit happens…all the best for you and i hope you will be ok very soon…but with Wendys help i am sure everything goes in the right direction πŸ™‚ Best regards, JΓΌrgen

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    1. Haha! If the photo doesn’t lie, McGuire was losing 6 frames to nil at the time. I never got chance to follow the match, sadly. But I was hoping Judd would trump! πŸ˜‚ Thanks ever so, for the kind wishes. I’m getting there, and the crutches are now taking a beating! πŸ™πŸ€•πŸ€ͺ


  2. Get an inversion table, you hang upside down for five to ten minutes and it works wonders for back pain, I have one and a bad back c456 and l345 damage from grenade. It stretches your backbone so you get instant relief. Tables are not expensive have a good recovery!!!!

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    1. Hi Marc! Thank you for the tip. I’ll maybe seek medical advice before trying it but, helpful info nonetheless! Good to see you and thank you for your words. Sounds like you’ve really been through it. Me, I’m getting there. πŸ™ All the best, Rob


    1. Thank you so much Mike. I can well understand your stance but I have to say, I don’t think it’s something I actually want to forget. To see first hand the kindness of colleagues, the good intentions and attentions of nursing staff who go well above and beyond their pay grade to help me recover, moreso, seeing the human side of people and not just their profession or uniform. I guess I am grateful for each little path, no matter how difficult at times, that leads me to a place of happiness and feeling well again. We all have different experiences, so I know that attitudes differ based upon them. But I really am that grateful, that I know I’ll always be happy to remember it. Your encouraging words are so welcome, Mike. Really good to see you here! Thank you, my friend. πŸ™ I hope you’re well! All the best, R.

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