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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Matt Henson’s Recovery nearly Four Years after his Stroke

This looks like a normal family holiday photo. But it is actually testament to one man’s resolve to recover from a brain haemorrhage.

Matt being shaved
It was strange to be shaved by my father

In December 2013, East Garston resident Matt Henson suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by over-exertion during our village fun run. Only about 40% of patients survive such a haemorrhage for more than a month.

Matt found himself in hospital not being able to move, speak, pee or eat properly. His core muscles had collapsed and there was nothing the doctors could do to help.

But the determination that lead to his stroke also fuelled his recovery. By the end of May 2014 he was back at work full-time but he still couldn’t run or balance properly or feel sensation in his fingers.

After three years of hard work and physio, this summer has seen a new leap in Matt’s recovery. Here are excerpts from his facebook diary:

July 2017

“What a ride the last six weeks have been. More change in the shortest period ever! Foot sensation and control is an order of magnitude better, core stability and balance is a night and day improvement and right-hand responsiveness is just bizarrely amazing.

“So much change at the moment, sensation in my fingers started with temperature shortly after my stroke, then over the last 18 months pressure sensitivity returned but the last two weeks has seen light touch retuning. It is wonderful but it so so exhausting mentally. It is impossible to describe – imagine how it feels to be permanently aware that you have sensation. No wonder babies sleep so much.

“Very happy but unbelievably knackered. I know it has made me grumpy (apologies to my family and friends), would like a rest but want more at same time. Given I don’t appear to be to control it, I may as well enjoy the results.”

August 2017

“A milestone at Centre Parcs. I now have regained enough core strength and symmetry to be able to stand and balance at the top of the bouncy slide.

“I always feel better when my physio notices big improvements. We have spent the last two years trying to stabilise my hips and core strength and have finally succeeded. Next is to get my ankle back to normal, more torture I am sure: but no pain, no gain. Onwards and upwards…I will run again!”

September 2017

“Pleasant brain change last night that snuck up from nowhere. It is hard to explain changes – most people have never lost all sensation in their fingers so can’t imagine the impact. The main one is that you have no idea that you are holding something unless you can see yourself doing it.

“As sensation returns you can increasingly hold and sense finer items. I am now familiar with changes. Then the overwhelming need to sleep strikes and my whole right side ‘glows’ – but last night was an unusual surprise as I normally sense change a week in advance. Anyway, 13 hours of sleep later and I found picking up a piece of paper was so much easier. It is only a slight incremental change but enough to make life that little bit better.

“I was lucky that my stroke affected only my physical ability. Some people lose cognitive or emotional ability and speech is often affected because there are so many areas of the the brain that allow us to communicate in words – but with time and effort they too can still achieve a recovery.”

Matt still has a long way to go before he can do any fast physical movements or run again. The brain anticipates every movement we make, but after a stroke that ability needs to be relearned. It starts with slow movements, but over time, it gets faster and faster.

Along with that is stamina as a damaged brain tires easily but again the more you push, the stronger it gets.

Matt is on track to achieve his goal of 100% recovery in seven years. The determination to win the fun run that pushed his body over the edge in the first place is now driving him to be able to run once again – but he has promised his family he will never race again!

 

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