John’s Journey

Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On Jul 03, 2018
Dear all
What a fantastic summer we're having! Since my last article I really can't remember seeing any rain - to me it feels like the summer of 76. Our old cat Kipper, now 19, is spending most of his time asleep in the shade, bless him.
My overall well-being has been pretty good of late. I’m still having problems with a pressure ulcer, but we think that we've got to the root of the problem. I need a minor operation to widen the artery and increase the blood flow in my right leg, as this will help the healing process. Apart from this my strength keeps on improving and in tow comes a stronger mental state. A massive thank you goes out to Mick the physio and the funding that have made this possible.
Last week I picked up a new lightweight wheelchair from the NHS. Thank you to Glossop wheelchair service for getting this to me quickly. It's so much easier to manoeuvre and a fantastic colour, but most of all it's great for my posture.
I can’t quite believe that it's nearly a year since my accident . So much has happened and I feel that I've come along way since then. I'm saying that it only feels like it was yesterday that I was at Salisbury spinal unit. I spent 5 months on ward and can't remember a single bad moment. The staff top to bottom were excellent and I will never forget them. I must mention my mate William Bennett whom I met in hospital but shared mutual friends long before our injuries - the climbing world can be very small sometimes. Will''s injuries were always more serious than mine and he has spent over a year in hospital, but hopefully Will it won't be too long now.We've both got plans to return to climbing as soon as we possibly can.
A few thank-you's are in order once again. Anna Read from Clobber who on Saturday ran 50km in the Cotswold Way Challenge between Bath and Wotton under Edge in that heat to raise funds for me. Anna you are amazing! Heaven of the South, a local charity put in a massive donation that day ,so thank-you Al King and Phil Gibson - that was great of you both. Also, Anna, Philippa and Becky from Peter Joy have made it possible for my physio sessions to continue going forward, by asking local businesses and friends to donate to me through direct debit . Thank you to all those who have committed to this. I'm so grateful and am reminded once again of how caring the Nailsworth and surrounding areas are. Blushes hairdressers have, for the second time, been collecting for me. Thanks Graham and staff - look forward to seeing you all soon.
My friends Halina and John put on a garden party for me and raised £350 ,we we're all blown away with the generosity of her friends and family .
Thank-you again everyone, and good luck to England in the world cup!
Yours John
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Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On May 25, 2018

Hi everyone,

This last month has been a real mixed bag of things going right and wrong.I'm having trouble with an injury that turned septic and even after two courses of antibiotics it's still not healed and frustratingly getting in the way of physio to my legs.On the plus side,having concentrated on on my upper body it's been great to see my arms and chest develop. All this has been coupled with an increase of protein in my diet, which has helped kept the frustration in the right place. The doctor’s surgery are great - the nurses are changing my dressing's three times a week. Unfortunately these things take ages to heal so I'm having to be patient and not rush it.

Three weeks ago'The Mark Townshend Charitable Trust ' sent me a cheque to cover ten physio sessions, I am so grateful for this,it's a great example of how community can work. The Trust heard about me and then offered their support - brilliant of them!

Philippa Kenzie and Becky Sage from Peter Joy Estate Agents and Anna Read from Clobber Clothing have also just set up a bank account to help raise funds for my physio going forward. The details can be found on Facebook. (Johns journey Nailsworth) Again many thanks to them for all the effort they are putting into my cause. It's the physio that makes me strong and gives me some important goals to aim for each week.

Mick the physio has kept the ante up with each session keeping me out of my comfort zone and is really pleased with my progress. Nice for him to see the fruits of his labour and great for me to feel the return to some strength.

My wife Louise is so incredibly supportive,I love her so much. Right now the challenge we're going through I is that Im attempting to come off Tramadol. This is a very strong opiated painkiller that I've been using for the last 8/9 months.Every time you drop the dosage of a controlled drug like this you experience all sorts of withdrawal symptoms. The effects can feel like flu at times, but you have to start somewhere and now that I'm in less pain I feel like it's the right time to start to come off them.

I'm really hope that soon I will be in a position to visit my neighbours from Walkley Wood and Shortwood to say thanks for all their love, support and generosity since my accident, I miss you all and hope to get to see all very soon.

The weather has done me the world of good recently, having spent the last nine months indoors,it's been great to be in it and feel the sun and fresh air all around me, I can't remember such a period of decent temperatures, long may it continue.

Many thanks for all your support, yours John Bowen

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Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On Apr 24, 2018

Hi everyone,what a few weeks that's been, a massive thank-you to all of you who have put themselves out for me.Di Styles and family raised nearly £1500 at her clothes sale at Egypt Mill on Friday 13th April. I know that day would've taken a lot of organisation and hard graft.Many thanks to all of you who took part in that day including Di Duxford,Jayne Field and the Slimming group, and thanks to Egypt Mill for providing the location.

The'Awesome Ladies ' took part in the 'Forest Warrior 'challenge at Speech House on Sunday 22nd April raising over £600.They all completed a 12k course which sounded tough but fun,ropes ,running,mud and swimming were amongst the obsticles. There was a great team spirit shown driven on by their team leader Sarah Kingsman.Thanks to all of you who were sponsored by their friends and family.If any of you need sponsorship in the future for a cause that I can become involved with ,it would be a great pleasure.I hear that there are a few stiff and creaking bodies out there, again I'm so grateful for the brilliant support.

On Monday 16th -Friday 20th April I joined the Salisbury Spinal Units team for the 'Wheel power ' games at Stoke Mandeville Olympic village. There were 14 teams from all over the UK and a massive range of sports to have a go at. There are some great photos of us all on the 'Wheelpower' Facebook pages. Salisbury took the cup home for 7th time in 9 years, I'll be honest the old cliché about' just being there 'was much more to the point,there was a fantastic atmosphere all around you all of the time, I spent most of the week chuckling.

I must thank the Salisbury nurses and physio for taking great care of us all,they were always there when needed. Thanks Daniel, Martin,James and Jim,I have the deepest respect for you all.

At the games I had chance to try out a fantastic piecentre of equipment that I will be buying using your donations. The firm is 'RGK' and the equipment is called the 'Tiga' and the 'Attitude'(a front wheel attachment ). This can be powered manually, power assisted or manually and power assisted at the same time. It is an exceptional piece of equipment that will enable me to go just about anywhere.

So thank-you again everybody for your support, I am eternally grateful. Your John Bowen

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Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On Apr 11, 2018

Hello everyone, it's now six weeks since leaving hospital and I can't actually believe how strong and healthy I'm feeling. I'm being driven really hard by Mick the Physio,every hour we work together I'm seeing the results of the effort. The muscles in my legs are starting to respond to my commands (something I never thought could happen again!) Everything is hard earned and given time I looks as though I will get to my feet again, it's a massive goal that I will enjoy working towards. The photos above show the amazing work that Mick is doing. The third photo is me in action at Salisbury Spinal Unit trying my hand at archery, in preparation for the spinal injury games at Stoke Mandeville next week: a forerunner to the paralympics.

I must thank everyone for the ongoing support that is going on around me. Here are a few events that are going on in the next few weeks.

Di Styles from Buskins shoes has a clothes sale at Egypt Mill on friday 13th April from 11am to 7pm .Follow the link john's journey https:gogetfunding.com/john'sjourney/

The Nailsworth Guides are putting on a concert at the Christchurch rooms on Sunday 13th April featuring the' Bristol Ensemble' from 3pm to 5pm

Louise my partner and Sarah Kingsman with the 'Forest Warriors' are doing a 10k run, assault course, and muddy water swim at Speech House on Sunday 22nd April. For more information please follow the john's journey link.

A massive thanks also to Anna Read from Clobber Clothing and Phillipa Kenzi from Peter Joy Estate agents for their brilliant ongoing support.

Yours John Bowen

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Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On Mar 16, 2018

My first ten days since leaving hospital have been really good for me, not without challenges and a whole heap of new things to get used to, but sleeping so we'll and seeing the return of my appetite which had to be put on hold around hospital food. The two things that hospital should provide are actually the two hardest things to achieve - decent food and a good nights sleep. They do try with the food but fail because of the numbers they cater for,and sleeping properly, well that's just down to being around some very injured people who require attention night and day.

Thanks to Louise's Mum and Dad, I have had a lovely space to return to and restart my life post injury. It's light and spacey with a great courtyard garden to sit in when I need fresh air, I am incredibly grateful and actually very lucky.

Another fantastic thing happened last week that has already started to produce some really decent results has been Mick the Physio. I have known Mick for many years, i had no idea that one day I would actually need the service he is now providing me. He explained that it would not be at all easy but it would be worth it, if I was willing to put the effort in. He was right, I know it's early doors and I have a long way to go, but my back, my core muscles and my mental well-being have improved I'm sure.

Now I must thank everyone for the time and donations that have been given me whilst I've been in Salisbury hospital and for the ongoing effort that is being put in as I speak. I am absolutely bowled over by all of this,it is inspiring me to think of things that I can achieve for people who are not in as fortunate place as myself. Watch this space!

A massive thanks has to go to all the Doctors and Nurses who were so instrumental in my rehabilitation, and to strength of character of some of the patients I spent the last 6 months with. I have so many stories that would restore people's faith in human nature, too many to write down for now but will do in the near future.

Thank _you again everyone for your support, my promise is that the money you have raised will always be spent wisely.

Love John Bowen XXX


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Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen On Feb 26, 2018

John has made tremendous progress at the Spinal Unit in Salisbury and is looking forward to the next part of his journey when he moves to Sandhurst near Gloucester with Lou at the beginning of March. He will continue with regular physiotherapy rehabilitation sessions and is so looking forward to being in a home environment again where he will benefit from sleeping and eating well.

John is really excited about cooking for friends and family, playing his guitar, swimming and perhaps getting a dog - all these simple pleasures in life that so many of us take for granted.

John is eager to learn new skills which he hopes will ultimately enable him to embark on a new profession in life.

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We read John's recent article in Cotswold Life and found it inspirational - thank you for sharing your positive mindset and humour. We are based in Nailsworth, and wanted to join other local business in supporting John's physiotherapy.

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Dear Louise and John, So sorry to hear about your terrible accident but great to hear how the community are rallying around you both. I knew Louise way back when My Mum and I used to frequent her Dad's jewellers in Gloucester. The family called us Gloria Hunniford and Karon as we were from Norn Iron. Much love to you both on your journey ahead. She's a wonderful warm woman Dawnxxx

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