One Year Follow-Up: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme

Can you believe that it’s been a year since I spent three weeks in rehab? Where has the time gone? I distinctly remember the nerves I felt the weeks leading up to the programme as if it was last month. The apprehension, the anticipation, the terror. I was terrified, I’ll openly admit that; it was…

Three Month Follow-Up: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme

If you pop by here often, you’ll know that in August I spent three weeks in Stanmore hospital undertaking their incredible pain management programme. Last week I went back for my three month follow-up; my actual follow-up was supposed to be in November but I couldn’t make it as I went home for my nephews…

What I Learnt at RNOH Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme

‘They tried to make me go to rehab’…and I went. I’m on my fourth week home from spending three weeks in Stanmore, on the amazing, life-changing Pain Management Programme. I intend on writing more in-depth posts about various things I learnt during my time in hospital but thought I’d give you a little inside scoop of what…

Rehab Fam: Amazing Friends from RNOH

So many people have asked me how I got on during my three week stay in RNOH Stanmore for Pain Management and are surprised by my answer of ‘amazing’ or ‘I bloody loved it.’It’s the truth, other than learning about my condition and ways to manage it, I made some incredible friends. Every night when…

Week Three: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Eight

| Day One | That was my last night in the hotel; I can’t believe I’m already in my final week of rehab. I arrived at Stanmore at 9 am and unpacked my things ready for the weekend review. I completed the majority of my goals but didn’t download WorkRave as I was being stubborn…

Week Two: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Seven

| Day One | I stayed at a hotel again last night and had a decent night’s sleep. I arrived on the ward at 9 am and the nurses helped me in with my bags; after unpacking I went for a Weekend Review and the group shared whether they had achieved their weekend goals. I…

It’s Almost Time: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Five

I can’t quite believe how fast this has come around. Three more sleeps and I’m off into hospital for my three week in-patient stay for Pain Management. I’m so anxious just writing this. It’s such a good job that I booked a hotel for the night before because I know on Monday morning the last…

I’ve Got a Date: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Four

My in-patient date for Stanmore, RNOH, came and I felt sick as soon as I opened the letter. My initial thought – ‘I don’t want to go’, my stomach churned and anxiety kicked in. It was real now, I was actually going into hospital for three weeks. THREE WEEKS! The admission date is August 3rd, if…

The Consultation: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Two

I was really nervous; sick to the stomach nervous. I know the pain management programme is a three week in-patient stay and I’m not okay with that. I’d been trying to convince myself not to go but deep down, I knew it was the best thing for me. My boyfriend came to the appointment with…

The Referral: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part One

As you know I’m disabled, and managing pain is vital. I’ve (almost) been on two Pain Management courses in the past. I was 18, I hadn’t been diagnosed with anything, I was terrified. The Pain Management course was an inpatient stay in a Liverpool hospital for six weeks. I was surrounded by much older people…