As an engineer in the offshore industry, a course you have to do is called the TBOSIET, basically an offshore survival skills course. This is needed before you are allowed to fly onto a platform or rig. It’s pretty physical, there’s climbing into helicopters, being inverted and having to escape while underwater. There’s escaping from a smoke filled room while blindfolded. There’s using fire extinguishers to put out real fires, albeit very small and controlled. There’s hauling yourself into a life raft from the pool.
I completed this two day course today. I’ve done it a few times previously, but since MS, had slowly seen my offshore trips diminish then disappear. This inability to see, and touch, and hear, the physicality of my work, had been a dull ache for the last few years. Before I went to Moscow, there were days I couldn’t walk from the bus station to my office, a few hundreds of metres.
The AHSCT, September 2018, then seemingly endless physio and rest and gentle exercise, culminated today in a huge step towards regaining that part of my career I thought I’d never manage again. Now, I can go back offshore again.
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Fantastic news!!! I am almost two years out and continue to see small improvements with every day. Thank you for the role you played I.e., reading your blog) in getting me to Russia. Cheers!!
Jennifer so great to hear and see you are doing so well. I am fine. Xxxx