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Joe Sidebotham's LEJOG ride - update about Peter

If you have been following Joes blog directly you will know that Peter (Joe's dad and main navigator) had a small stroke on day 2.  Here is the latest update from him.
Subject: unicycling from Land's End to John O'Groats 
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:35:45 +0100

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am writing to update you on Joseph’s unicycle ride from Land’s End to
John O’Groats.  Some of you will have picked up already from our blog
that things have taken an  unexpected turn, in that on Monday I
ended up in Truro Hospital having had a small  stroke (well, a TIA to be
exact). This was on day two of our ride, so we hadn’t got  very far. You
will be pleased to know that it was all very short lived – I lost my
speech  and the use of my right arm for an hour or so, and had blurred vision
in my left eye for a bit longer. The hospital staff in Truro were
excellent – friendly, caring and efficient.  I had a CT scan within
½ hour of arrival and a MRI and Dopplers the next morning. They
found a small carotid dissection (a small tear in the wall of one of the blood
vessels in my neck) which explains why I got the stroke. I was
discharged yesterday on aspirin and have to avoid any strenuous exercise for
the time being. So I am feeling very well in myself, just a bit
tired, and am sitting, relaxing in our tent while Helen and Elizabeth pack up
around me.

Obviously that means I am not able to continue with the ride, but Joe and
David are pressing on – about a day behind schedule, but now making
reasonable progress. Helen will run me back to Coventry this
afternoon and I will stay at home to rest and reconsider whether I can go
along in the support car to complete the journey.

I have already had lots of encouraging messages of support, so thank you all.
I apologise that I won’t be able to communicate with all of you
individually. Please feel free to text or email, but I would prefer not
too many phone calls as they can be a bit tiring. I am sure Joe and David
would also appreciate any support – they already have a few people
joining them for short stretches; if you would like to join them
for a bit, please text Helen and she can update you on their
progress and where it might be suitable.

God bless you all



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