Cauda equina update – final edition (hopefully!)

Four years ago I’d had one of those life-changing events that you read about on Facebook.  I’d just undergone emergency surgery for cauda equina – one of my discs had slipped out of place in my spine and was crushing my spinal cord. Fortunately it was caught early and I was rushed in for emergency …

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How to get rid of your landline and route calls over the internet.

I no longer have a land line and route all my incoming calls over the internet to my DECT cordless phone.  You could also use this method to get a second landline for work purposes or for your children. There are a several prerequisites for this guide: You need to be using cable internet as …

12 months since Cauda equina syndrome – an update

It has been 12 months today since I suffered from Cauda equina syndrome (CES) and I’ve been contacted by several people who have followed my progress.  I wanted to provide an update for the people who comes to my blog and read about the condition, so they know it isn’t always doom and gloom. As …

Cauda equina syndrome – six month update

I know a number of people find this website by searching for cauda equina syndrome (CES) and I thought it might be encouraging for them to post an update on how I’m getting on with my condition. The good news is I haven’t been back to the consultant since I posted last – my six …

Cauda equina–3.5 months after surgery–an update

It is now just over 3.5 months since I had surgery to remove the compression on my spinal cord.  I’m not sure how much of the progress since then has been recovery and how much has been adaptation but: I’m half way through a phased return to work.  They have been really good at listening …

Cauda equina–12 weeks since surgery

It has now been just over 12 weeks since surgery (how time flies!) and so an update for my cauda equina syndrome (CES) recovery. I have seen my Urology consultant, my orthopaedic consultant and my GP since I posted last.  I’m still having to use single use intermittent catheters but have managed to get my …

Putting things into perspective – the day my world changed

  I’ve never been one to share my personal problems. Many of my twitter followers are unaware that I was signed off work for the first half-term of this year with chronic sciatica and back pain. I managed to keep involved with work despite being signed off sick, and I kept on top of my …

Software and websites I couldn’t do without

Following the posts I’ve read by Doug Belshaw and others, I had a think about which software/websites I use on a regular basis.  I try to match my software at home and work since it makes me more productive – but I’m sometimes limited by the fact we run clunky old Windows XP on our …