Ok I know you're going think what is with this treacley sweet stuff, but he is amazing and this is why.
We were on holiday in the US having the time of our lives in April 2000, we'd just been to VLV obviously in Las Vegas, then on to Phoenix and Tuscon vintage shopping, then on our way to stay with friends in San Diego we had a near fatal car accident that changed our lives forever.
Although I was knocked out and don't remember anything much about it, I didn't suffer much apart from being severely bashed up, the explosion of the air bag took a bit off the end of my nose and I had a mild brain injury. My husband however was very lucky to survive in fact it's a miracle to this day really, it clearly wasn't his time! He had a severe brain injury, his spleen ruptured - and was removed - he lacerated his kidneys, liver, punctured his lung and diaphragm, it was serious shit, I ain't kidding!
He was in a coma for 3 months in all, was medivaced back to the UK after 9 weeks and it was just wait and see.
He has had to learn everything from the beginning, he could neither walk or talk, he didn't understand how to swallow so had to learn to eat again, he didn't even know when he first came round that a nod of the head meant yes and a shake meant no. He's had an amazingly tough journey this last 11 years yet he is still amazingly upbeat, patient - ok sometimes ha ha - and determined.
Despite all that he has to cope with- he still can't use his right arm, his walking isn't great and although it's improving he'll be the first to admit his speech is far from normal! - he is an amazingly creative person. He used to be a musican in my band, we ran a small magazine and he used to be a TV & Film background person, now he can't do most of that, so he does what he can. He writes a lot, and does a regular column called Chicken Shack for Milkcow Magazine, and the rest of the time he paints.
His art has become his way of expressing himself when it used to be his music, but he's pretty good! He's sold several pieces already as we take his art to events when we do them, however we wanted to get it more out there, we're like to get him a spot in an exhibition but for now we've opened an Etsy store for his paintings here. As with all art you either get it or you don't but it's been great that he has such fans amongst the people who have already bought his art.
Here's one painting that's up for sale right now.
I'm so proud that with all he's been through he still has creativity and joy for life! An example to us all I think.
When he's not being amazingly creative this is his favourite pastime
Eating, yes this man can EAT! Yes that's all his breakfast in Vegas a few years ago, I had some coffee and toast I can't do those breakfasts that could cause a heart attack!
Anyway please excuse me being so proud, but I think you'll agree I have a very good reason to be!!