A Month's Vlog

Living with cronic pain and PTSD

Tips & Tricks from a survivor

When I am speaking people often come up to me afterwards asking me for my advice or suggestions as to how they, or someone they know, can deal with similar problems. Always wanting to help I thought this idea of me keeping a video diary for a month might be a good way of passing on some of what I have learnt.

Throughout  February 2016 I will be recording a twice daily video diary documenting the issues I face each and every day with my disabilities. Viewers will see in real time how I change and adapt my days to get past my ongoing mental and physical challenges – legacies left from the Paddington Train Crash – so others may learn from my strategies how they too can lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Over the years since the Crash I have had to learn how to adapt to a life with chronic PTSD, severe arthritis and a compromised immune system.  These are things you can’t run away from or get rid of, you have to learn how to accept and weave a new life incorporating them. I was lucky enough to be able to afford great doctors, one of the country’s top psychiatrists and a world class psychologist to learn the strategies I now use. Not everyone can.

Although there is help out there, I hope that by conducting this project, others who may be struggling, haven’t or can’t afford to ask for help, or may not realise why they find day to day life so hard, will pick up tips, tricks or new ideas on how to move on to a happier, more  rewarding life. I also want to reach out to people who may be feeling isolated by their conditions or worries over daily life. I am just an ordinary person with a fairly ordinary life though my occupation is slightly different from the norm.  I hope that any viewer who sees and can identify with this will easily translate any tips they find valuable into their own life.

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong – Leaflet  by Dr Tim Cantopher, Consultant Psychiatrist. To read more you can get his book of the same name from Amazon.

My Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Chart

2016 30 day Vlog

Day 1 – Morning
Accessing PTSC & Pain

Day 1 – Evening
How Its Gone Today

Day 2 – Morning
Exercise Is Important

Day 2 – Evening
Exercise

Day 3 – Morning
Sleep Deprivation

Day 3 – Evening
Sleep Deprivation

Day 4 – Morning
Travelling

Day 4 – Evening
Travelling

Day 5 – Morning
Oslo, Norway

Day 5 – Evening
Back from Norway

Day 6
Resting

Day 7
Pamper Day

Day 8 – Morning
Irritated

Day 8 – Evening
Had To Give Up On The Day

Day 9 – Morning
Feeling Better

Day 9 – Evening
Train Crash in Germany

Day 10 – Morning
Lets Talk About Food

Day 10 – Evening
Food Part 2

Day 11 – Morning
Food Part 3

Day 11 – Evening
Food Part 4

Day 12 – Morning
Confidence Boost

Day 12 – Evening
Confidence Boost

Day 13 – Morning
Try a Smile

Day 13 – Evening
Results From Smile Experiment

Day 14 
Flashbacks & Nightmares

Day 15 
Milton Keynes

Day 16 – Morning
Birthday

Day 16 – Evening
Bletchley Park

Day 17 – Morning
Ouch, In Pain

Day 17 – Evening
Pain Management

Day 18 – Morning
Planning Ahead

Day 18 – Evening
Dealing With Stress

Day 19 – Morning
Living With Burnt Hands

Day 19 – Evening
Living With Burnt Hands

Day 21
The Pain Won

Day 22 – Morning
Crisis Approaching

Day 22 – Evening
Doctor’s On The Case

Day 23 – Morning
Following Doctors Orders

Day 23 – Evening
Psychiatrists

Day 24 – Morning
Choose Your Psychiatrists Carefully

Day 24 – Evening
What My Psychiatrist Taught Me

Day 25 – Morning
Antidepressants

Day 25 – Evening
Friends Support Network

Day 26 – Morning
Avoid Alcohol

Day 26 – Evening
Sleep Is Good but Cake Is Better 😉

Day 27 
Vitamin D = Sunshine

Day 28
Listen To Your Loved Ones

Day 29 – Morning
Your Questions

Day 29 – Evening
Docs Have Signed Me off & I’m Signed Off Here