Recovery has been a long and winding road, beginning with wound management and strength building upon my return home, then moving onto day-to-day activities which were supplemented with extensive burns physio and burns laser treatment at the Salisbury Hospital Plastics Dept. The laser treatment I have received has been instrumental in bringing my hands back to a state where they are almost normal, aside from some nerve damage, scarring and tightness.
Alongside my physical injuries, I also experienced Post Traumatic Stress. Since my return home I have seen the burns Clinical Psychologist, who has been crucial to my mental recovery from the effects of the explosion. I have undergone Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as part of this treatment, which I have found hugely beneficial. I no longer experience flashbacks due to my Clinical Psychology treatment.
I am a musician and before my burns I was a signed singer-songwriter, having released 3 albums and played on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC6 Music along with slots at Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival. I have also supported artists such as Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, First Aid Kit, The Levellers and many more. I can no longer sing, which is something that I am still coming to terms with. However, due to the incredible treatment I have received on my hand burns, I can now play the guitar once again back to the level I was at before. In fact, as part of my burns physio recovery, I was advised to play guitar as much as possible as this is a great exercise in strength and dexterity. It was fine by me!