For the first six months after the accident I couldn't do anything other than the excercises the hospital gave me to do.
I couldn’t swim at all, he spent months, trying to teach me to swim, I could only do ‘Doggy Paddle’, lol no laughing! Even then I could only do a few strokes at a time. Alan would have to hold me, while I found the floor on the pool, and struggled to put my feet back down.
I would just open my purse and give them all my money, without realising it was my bus fare.
I spent whole days doing this at the Dorset Racquets and Health Club which I joined in the end. That was just up the road from me and I could get there without crossing roads.
We asked Karen Thompson of Lester Aldridge whether I could claim for this and she told me, I most definitely could not! It was completely unecessary as I had to go for the cheaper option of going by bus to Poole Public Swimming Baths. But we felt it was easier and safer for me and the lights on the water didn't blind me so much. So I went there and Alan paid the membership.
I ended up with huge muscle bound legs, that wouldn't even lift me up stairs. After everything I tried for years to get better and build my strength up, I still had none.
Everyone knew this, but nobody did anything.
This was the very reason the opposition lawyers and Professor Trimble ordered the MRI of my spine, because I had this unexplainable weakness in my arms, legs and hands.
We now know why, they suspected syrinx, and they were right, which is why no one ever told me I had the scans, let alone the results.