All Mark Pollock Blogs

Up, dressed and smiling again

Another 4 a.m. start to the week. It doesn't seem to matter if I take the sleeping tablets or not - I wake early in the morning. For three and a half months I have dreaded going to sleep at night knowing that I will face the lonely hours between waking up and the day...

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Emerging from Hell

I woke at 4 a.m. Silence has replaced the menagerie of beeps and alarms and groans of my open-plan home for the last couple of months. I am spending my first night in the rehab ward and the initial difference from the acute ward is the sound. For the moment I am in a...

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Another Rehab False Start

I felt the blood drain from my face. My arms lost feeling and I knew I was on my way out. Fainting is part of the transition from bed to wheelchair, the first step to rehab. It is caused in part by the blood draining from the top half of my body into my dormant bottom...

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Blind Man Walking. RTE 1, Tonight, 10:30pm.

Our South Pole Race documentary is on tonight. It tells the story of my attempt to deal with my loss of sight by racing to the south pole - ten years on from going blind. My broken back and future uncertainty takes nothing from the moment in time captured by Ross...

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Adding Paralysis To Blindness

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races around the world. In 2010 he was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalysing...

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By Endurance We Conquer

Two weeks ago the surgeons cleared my spine of broken bone and stabilised the vertebrae with titanium rods and screws. They also decompressed my spinal cord. They did not find out if I will get any feeling or movement back below my belly button. They couldn’t....

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Metal, Bone & the Start of the Next Phase

I am fasting now and trying not to worry about what is coming up. Later today I will have my back sliced open, my spinal cord will be cleared of broken bone and a series of rods and screws will be put in. The hospital have taken a sample of my blood and will have an...

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Optimist, Realist or Something Else?

It has been two weeks since my accident. I fractured the back of my head; my chest and torso seemed to be filled with blood and my back is broken in three places, I think, plus some ribs. I don't know why the fall let me away so lightly and I am still trying to work...

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Update on Mark’s Condition

  Just a brief update on Mark's condition. Mark is still in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where he's getting expert and incredibly caring medical support from both the ICU team and the orthopaedic team there. Mark's family, Simone and her family are at his bedside....

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