I am a 54 year old Building Lecturer for TafeSA, who loves, to take photos, write poetry, teaching apprentices, surfing, skiing, sailing, play music & singing and until two and a half years ago (2007) that’s what I did.
One of my subjects was Occupational Health Safety and Wealfare and irony was about to strike at me. One August morning at work while pulling down some student’s work that had been left up by lazy apprentices I bent over to pick up some plasterboard that came down from the ceiling to bin it and a 20mm thick plasterboard fire rated light fitting fell from the suspended ceiling.
It was the kind of crunch that you never want to hear in your head. Since that day most of the things I loved to do in the past have been either not possible or only possible with pain and pain killers.
The accident has done one thing for me, I appreciate the Occ health & safety regulations and what they try to do, but another thing happened, my injury has forced me to look at everything that is important to me and everything that I enjoy or makes me feel like a whole person again. My fears, demons, friends and strengths. The past two and a half years will be with me forever and while it may not be the highest point of my life it proceeded to teach me some life lessons I hope I can live up to.
More later tired now.