Most of you may not know what an L3 spinal injection is, and to be honest, neither did I until I had my first one earlier this year. An epidural steroid injection is a combination of a steroid with a local anaesthetic. These injections into the spine can help to relieve swelling and inflammation, and relieve pain by taking the pressure off of nerves and other soft tissues. The site of my injection was at the level of L3 (the 3rd vertebra of my lower back), as it is associated with feeling in the legs and would therefore help to manage my chronic pain. Those of you who are familiar with this procedure, will know that it is normally straightforward with the patient going home after an hour or so, and many are able to resume work the next day. But due to my epilepsy this wasn’t the case for me. BEFORE THE PROCEDURE.…Continue Reading
This week is the start of my full-time commitment to Happy2Host. I’ve always worked more over the summer holidays so that wasn’t unusual but I guess it was because this was September like no other. I wasn’t getting ready to go back to school. I watched my wife who is a teacher begin her planning and strategising about the new school year. I felt a little lost at not having to do the same or worry about which train I needed to get to make sure I was in on time. I still woke up at my normal time of around 04:30 AM, this was partly due to the pain in my knee that likes to summon me in the morning and also because I generally am an early riser.  I completed my normal ritual of going down to the kitchen to make my strong black coffee and taking my pain medication. If I don’t take it at this…Continue Reading
The new academic year has just kicked off and many of you are about to embark on a new journey or continue on your educational journey that will somehow improve the rest of your life. Now let’s take a moment to consider two important questions you need to ask whilst you are on this journey; ‘How do you know if you are doing well?’ and ‘Are you where you want to be?‘.  Over the years, I have learned the best way to do this is by setting goals, without goals we are on an endless road with no sense of direction or purpose. Goals are a call to action. You can’t just set a random goal, these goals have to be paramount and contribute to something BIG! As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog I use the SMART goal setting technique which stands for Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-Bound. Let’s consider these characteristics in a…Continue Reading