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  • Writer's pictureNeil Hopper

I wore a suit!

Sooo... a rather up and down month...

The down - I ended up doing a rather long and unexpected operation one Sunday. The operation, I'm pleased to say went well, but when I got a blister on my leg which has taken the best part of 6 weeks to heal! Needless to say my training schedule has gone out of the window. Now that I am back on my legs I am actually struggling to walk. Its going to take a long time to get back to fitness!

I've also had a busy media few weeks - I ended up chatting on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 - which went OK. I'd love to chat more about the changes and improvements I'd like to make to amputee services - but it always just ends up being about what happened to me back in April. I wish that I was better at manipulating interviewers!

I gave two talks at the Vascular Society annual meeting. Both pre-recorded on Zoom (COVID plays havoc with large conferences!). One talk (again!) was about what happened to me. The other, which was more useful, was to BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehab). Both talks went down well I think and I, surprisingly, won a prize for my BACPAR talk.

So, the shy Welsh boy continues to become a media phenomenon!

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