My last memory of the gloom-ridden day was leaving the start box at the British Eventing Intermediate competition, early on during the cross country my horse stumbled badly after a fence and I was catapulted to the floor landing face first.
The consequential grass sample never made it to environment officers – left lifeless at the scene our emergency services were quick to respond, the Air Ambulance transported my unconscious self to the unbelievable care offered at Addenbrooke`s hospital. Pessimistic health warnings were portrayed during initial weeks; I was left with bad amnesia and loss of taste buds due to my brain injury.
After a month LONG STAY in hospital, (capital letters noted), I was released subject to being in the near vicinity at my grandparents’ house in case of emergency. As an active individual who previously rode up to 10 horses a day teamed with fitness work and university my patience didn’t do the medical staff justice. I am eternally grateful to all medics involved with my care, supportive letters from friends also kept me fighting the health battle.
The unexpected rate of recovery I have been lucky enough to experience was summed up nicely by the neuro-surgeon involved with my care at Addenbrooke’s – flabbergasted at my fitness and mental agility he called me a miracle. When talking in depth about methods perused to enhance recovery I told him to look at my feet!
Profeet have provided me with much-needed support and enhanced balance using custom insoles during my mission to achieve goals, gain fitness and return to my active self. In the past, I have sighed with relief when the days’ work came to an end and I could take my shoes off, now it’s the least exciting point of my day and all I want to do is put them back on!
Profeet shoes have partnered me on my first long walk, run, game of tennis, cardio and pilates session post-accident. As my ‘need for speed’ started as early as skiing attached to toddler reins and heading down my first black run at 5 years old, followed by the u10 National Ski Championship and team bronze at the Inter-schools races with recovery progressing as it currently is I hope I’ll be able to make use of my custom fitted ski boots at Profeet in the near future! Another post-accident first partnered with Profeet comfort.