January 28th 1998,we went to. see Walsall FC play Manchester United in the FA cup 4th round. Vicki enjoyed the match, she loved watching, Ryan Giggs play.
On the way home we were involved in a crash on the M62, a passing nurse sat with Vicki and tried to talk her into going to hospital for a check up, she said no just wanted to go home, our car was put onto a recovery truck and taken home via Warrington.
Next morning Vicki could not stand or feel her legs, While waiting for appointment with her Neurologist we put in a claim on insurance, appointment at private clinic with a neuro, he said he was unsure the accident had possibly caused a relapse in the MS. Her own neuro said the trauma from the accident probably did, couple of months later Vicki was told her MS had progressed to Primary Progressive.
Vicki received compensation for the accident, but preferred to have use of her legs, and so began a long process with social services to have the house adapted for her.
January 2001 work started, and after 5 days Vicki could go up and down in her lift, (instead of being carried up and down stairs) 8 weeks later she could have a shower instead of lifted in and out of the bath (which we both would miss). So our life began anew, we both learned to cope with our new abilities as Vicki loved her adaptations and said life goes on. I was amazed how Vicki managed with the difficulties that she faced in her life, charity work a place on local council committee for inclusion .
June 2007 a day making a short film with Open Uni on living with MS, which took its toll on her health, September another relapse, December confined to bed with a grade 4 pressure wound and spent next 5 years confined to bed.
June 2012 Vicki agreed to having a peg feed fitted, due to her weight of 6stone swallowing difficulties and loss of speech. March 2013 10.30pm Vicki was rushed to A&E, 6 hours in resus, put on life support, CT scan then to ITC, 24 hours later transferred to HDU where I was given the news that there wasn’t much that could be done and told it was a matter of time. 5 days later Vicki was moved onto a ward, where 10 days later Vicki sadly passed away peacefully.
Since 2010 several friends have passed away the last one was Keith aka Prof, 2 years ago, we had been friends since 1968, as Vicki said life goes on. and so it does, for me 2 years of voluntary work with MS society, then in October 2015 I decide it was now time to enjoy my life. I’ve learned to sit-ski, play basketball, touchtennis and normal tennis, 5 & 10 k wheelchair push runs in the park and at QE Olympic park London, forest tracks on the road, down hills (much prefer) and back up. Now for new adventures with Vicki’s spirit beside me