As I was saying…

If you were to look at the last posting on this blog, you would see that it was way back in the middle of last summer.

I have been “off the air” for some time, partly being busy with other things, but also because, at the start of November, while I pursuing my teenage son around the garden in the rain, I slipped over on the wooden bridge across our tiny stream.  There was a slow-motion moment as I hit the deck, what seemed like a pause, and then excruciating pain.  I had, it transpired, fractured my hip socket in two places.

In many ways, it served me right and my more forthright friends have said things like “About time you grew up…” and “How old are you?”  Fair comments – but a moment’s lack of caution can do a lot of damage.

To cut a long story short, I progressed through four hospitals, and had a quite complex operation to mend the fractures and save my hip from being replaced.  Suffice to say that – as everyone acknowledges – if you have something seriously wrong with you, you can do no better than the NHS.  And (fingers crossed) this has been true for me, as I encountered a world-class surgeon who specialises in fixing my kind of fracture of the acetabulum.

The big catch is that I must not put any weight on my right leg for 12 weeks, or indeed fly, whilst I am on crutches.  This is certainly a bit of an inconvenience but, compared with what many people have to go through, it is just that – an inconvenience.

The purpose of this blog is to say that I suspect this experience is very good for me in a number of ways.  I am realising at first hand just how difficult even the simple things in life become when you are not fully mobile.  (Fire doors with extra-strong springs become the bane of your life.)  And, how overnight you become very dependent on your friends and family.  It certainly reminds you to say please and thank you!

I have still some five weeks to go before – all being well – I can escape the crutches.  The experience has helped me to appreciate, just a little, how challenging it must be to cope with a disability.  It has made me recognize that fate and/or carelessness can turn your life upside down; and it has made me grateful for that peculiarly British institution, the NHS, and even more grateful for the kindness and consideration of family, friends and colleagues.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get the blog going again – so here goes.  I have at least one post that will go live tomorrow at 9am.  It’s about New Year IT predictions…

About paulcoby
I am CIO at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK. I was Chair of SITA - the airline solutions company owned by the Air Transport Community - for 11 years. I am also on the Boards of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank and Pets at Home. Previously I was Head of BA Services and for 10 years CIO at British Airways. I am interested in Roman and Military History. The views expressed are entirely my own not my employers.

8 Responses to As I was saying…

  1. says:

    Get well soon. Look forward to tomorrow’s post.

    +Staff at both PJ and every new Waitrose branch I’ve visited (3-CJ, Vauxhall & Kengsington) )in December have shown great customer service skills. Huge fan !
    Best Regards,

  2. Good to have you back blogging again Paul and I wish you well for the rest of your recovery.

  3. Jane Taylor says:

    Very sorry to read about your injury Paul, I would never have guessed from your Blip blogs that anything was amiss; I imagine the 12 week ban on flying must be especially irksome. Looking forward to your IT predictions and more globetrotting pictures during 2014 🙂

    • paulcoby says:

      Very nice to hear from you.
      Happy New Year for 2014 and I am indeed looking forward to getting off the crutches. Travel would be the icing on the cake!
      All the best

  4. Paul Tedder says:

    Paul, sorry to hear if your mishap and glad you are on the mend. Down here in Oz, the Spinal injuries Association has an annual event called “take me seat” where they encourage able bodied people to sit in a wheelchair for a day. Recently two of my firm’s lawyers did just that and it really brought home the impact of being confined to a wheelchair and the hazards that everyday obstacle bring. The Lawyers verdict was that everyone should do it, particularly town planners.

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