Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Neighbourhood Walkabouts LFE 25/02/2020



Following the success of the Winstanley Ward Walkabouts (Braunstone Town) yesterday I repeated the exercise in Leicester Forest East today. I met with lots of people. It's a pleasure to serve the parishioners and businesses of Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town. If I can be of any assistance please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of my support team...Best wishes. Councillor David Di Palma

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Monday, 24 February 2020

Raising Money for Parkinsons Research



My Support Worker Claire and her daughter (Katie) are walking fifteen miles to raise money for Parkinsons Research. Please help them raise a fortune by sponsoring and donating to their Just Giving Page. Thank you.

Donate by visiting the fundraising page here 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/clairegriffin74?utm_term=mx7nn9mdg


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Ward Walkabouts in Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town (24/02/2020)

This afternoon Councillor David Di Palma went on a ward walkabouts on Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town to catch up with some of the Parishioners where he met some local residents and business owners to discuss topics of interest. The common theme throughout his walkabouts was environmental and green issues.

Don't forget this Thursday. 27th February, there's a Bye-election for Millfield Ward - Blaby District Council, and Millfied Ward - Braunstone Town Council.  Make sure you get out there and vote, it's your right, USE IT!

Dipak on behalf of Councillor David Di Palma (Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town Council and Leicester Forest East Parish Council)

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

The Most Bizarre Thing You’ll Ever Read

23/2/2020. 
18.00. It’s taken me until 1800 to realise that I put odd socks on this morning.
It isn’t as if these socks are a little bit different, they’re very different.
It’s a tough job being me but someone’s got to do it.
Smile, because life’s complicated enough.
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Friday, 21 February 2020

An Achievement of Epic Proportions

21/02/2020 .
Today I attended the Braunstone Leisure Centre with my Support Worker (Dipak).
I was on a mission to beat my Personal Best of twenty minutes on the rowing machine.
I set my target to thirty minutes. At fifty-five minutes in I really needed to stop. Being so close to doubling my thirty-minute target I was determined to push on. I set a new Personal Best of sixty-two minutes. One hour and two minutes. To say that I’m pleased is an understatement.
An achievement of epic proportions.
I know I will experience seizures later on but going to the gym is good for my overall well-being, so I carry on regardless.
My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Survivor and Proud.
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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Support Worker Claire and I Achieve Personal Bests at the Gym

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Had a seizure and fall this afternoon.

20th February 2020. 15.00
Had a seizure and fall this afternoon.
This is somewhat frustratingly expected.
This after this morning’s gym session with Support Worker Dipak. This morning I set a new Personal Best of 51:23 on the Cross Trainer. On 01/01/2020 I couldn’t manage three minutes.
Exercise leads to an increase in falls and seizures but exercise is good for one’s mental health therefore one carries on regardless.
I always want to be an improvement on yesterday.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Book Extract (1) – Contains scenes some may find distressing. Read with Caution!

Book Extract (1)  – Contains scenes some may find distressing. 
Read with caution.  Please seek support if effected by any of the issues raised. 

I’m a young boy and I live in a council house at 2, Brook Court, Countesthorpe. 
I live with my Mum, Dad, Maria and Tracey.  

Apart from a small glimmer of light coming through the pane of glass at the top of the bedroom door  It is dark and I am afraid. I can hear footsteps coming up the stairs, the footsteps are heavy, belonging to neither my sisters,  mother nor father but a babysitter. 

I want to escape but there’s nowhere to escape to. There’s nowhere to run and screaming or shouting will only make matters worse. The man hurts me more if I make a noise. The man said that I must never tell, I must never tell anyone what the man does to me. The man drinks cough medicine but the man never has a cough. That doesn’t make sense to me.  Why take cough medicine if you don’t have a cough? He always smells of cough medicine. He does bad things to me. He says that it’s all my fault, he says it’s my fault that these things happen to me. He says I must never tell anyone otherwise bad things will happen to Maria and Tracey (my sisters) if I tell. But I can’t allow that to happen. I must protect them at all costs. He pins me down and does very bad things to me, he makes me do things which are bad.  

I just hope it’s over quickly. 
The footsteps are now louder and heavier. 
It’s too late to run, or hide, I try to scream but nothing comes out.
The man will be in here in seconds.
The handle on the bedroom door is moving downwards. 
Dear god please let me die or let this be over quickly. 
David Di Palma, 2, Brook Court, Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.

Reproduced from original transcripts and diary entries.
David J. Di Palma - Survivor.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Book Authoring – The Final Furlong. (18/2/2020)

This afternoon I have spent time writing and editing my forthcoming book.
The book is entering the final pre-printing stages and I’m excited by the prospect of seeing the finished work going to print. This edition has been a long process, taking longer than I would’ve liked because I’m really struggling with brain fatigue and other issues associated with my brain injury.

This causes frustration and many other side issues.
My motto is ‘To triumph over adversity is my greatest strength’.

My name is David Di Palma
I’m a Survivor and Proud
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Not a great start to the day but we won't let that stop us!!! (18/02/20)

David J. Di Palma - Brain Injury Survivor 

For the past 2 days, David has not received his regular welfare check through his sheltered housing life line intercom service, which he is supposed to have every single day to ensure that he is well and safe.

Thankfully, when Claire (Support Worker) arrived for her shift in the morning she found David to be well.  Claire has now raised an incident with the service provider.  Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will receive his call tomorrow as normal.  We will be informed on where the the system failed, once the incident has been investigated and reported back to us.  This is very important not just for David but for other service users as well, therefore, David will pursue this concern in his capacity as Elected Councillor.

Once this was dealt with they headed to the gym where Claire achieved a new personal best on the cross-trainer of 41 minutes (see photo)

David & Claire set new personal best of gym session of 100 minutes and subsequently aching like mad, afterwards.  Although, David was very unsteady on his feet, both were feeling accomplished.

Remainder of the time with Claire was spent doing Admin work, until I arrived at 4.30 to carry on where Claire left off.

Dipak (Support Worker) on behalf of David Di Palma 


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Monday, 17 February 2020

There's Plenty of Time for Rest When I'm Dead

17th February 2020

There's Plenty of Time for Rest When I'm Dead


I didn’t sleep very well last night, flashbacks to the historical abuse plus nightmares of being set on fire and being stabbed were the order of the day. Nothing unusual about that but I sustained a fall whilst going to the toilet which meant I had a ‘watery’ mess to clean up. 

By the time Support Worker (Claire) arrived on site at 0930 I was already feeling tired and disorientated. Claire supported me with my care and social needs. With Claire’s support we attended the gym before processing the mail and other administrative tasks, we scheduled appointments, Claire resolved some problems and completed other tasks. 

By the time Claire left at 14.30 I was exhausted with brain fatigue and was in need of a rest. 
Medical professionals frequently tell me that I should rest more but I’m not very good at resting and there’s plenty of time for rest when I’m dead.  

Support Worker Dipak arrived on site at 16.30.
Dipak looked after me until the end of her shift.

My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Brain Injury Survivor and Proud

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‘To triumph over adversity is my greatest strength’.
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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Why I Blog and the Benefits to Reading my Blogs.

Why I Blog and the Benefits to Reading my Blogs.

Writing diaries is something I’ve done from childhood, they’ve been vital for my daily survival and development. The methods used to keep diaries may’ve changed over the decades as technology has progressed but the fundamental reasons behind writing have largely remained the same. I suppose the question you maybe asking yourself is; Why am I sharing my experiences and diary entries with you? What benefit to reading my diaries and blogs is there for you? 
I’ll try and answer that now.

I’ll start by telling you what I’m NOT trying to achieve and DON’T WANT.

  • I neither seek nor need your attention.
  • I don’t need anything from you.
  • I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.
  • I don’t need you to motivate me, i’m a self-motivator.
  • There is no need to be critical of me or my circumstances, there is no need to be critical because I critique myself daily, no one could be more critical of me than me.
  • If you don’t like my posts for whatever reason scroll on by, there is no need to comment & no need to be; unpleasant or abusive.

Now I’ll tell you what I’m TRYING to achieve and DO WANT

With the support of my team- 
  • I do want to raise awareness of the physical and mental challenges faced on a daily basis living with a brain injury disability & other neurological conditions 
With the support of my team- 
  • I do want to promote the work I am doing on behalf of the parishioners, businesses and stakeholders of; Braunstone town, Leicester Forest East & the wider demographic area in my role as a democratically elected Independent Councillor. 
With the support of my team- 


  •  I Do want to raise awareness of all forms of; abuse, hostility and prejudices; to encourage survivors to speak and to seek the support that they may need.


With the support of my team- 

I do want to promote my

Not-for-profit award-winning literary works which have been written to support and encourage; other survivors, businesses, service providers and service users to improve their personal and professional circumstances & the services they offer through my experiences.


Finally I’ll advise you of what the benefits are of reading my blogs and visiting my websites.

BENEFITS

The human brain is a complex organ. The way in which we (as humans) process, function and survive differs greatly from one being to another. There are similarities between us but the fundamental principles are the same. It matters not a jot who you are or how much wealth one has acquired, everyone has their own pleasures they live, difficulties to overcome & their own life’s journey to undertake. Through my literary works I want to share my journey with you so that you can understand how I’ve used reflective practices, experiences and techniques to overcome adversity (with the support of my team). By reading my posts, by communicating with me and allowing me to share my world with you, it is hoped that you will enhance your understanding of the complex world around us. In so doing you will improve your professional and personal circumstances which will have a positive impact upon the wider community. If I can inspire at least one person to overcome their problems and one organisation to improve the products and services they offer then the bad experiences I’ve overcome will have been worthwhile. 

My motto is ‘To triumph over adversity is my greatest strength’. 
My name is David Di Palma 
I’m a Survivor and Proud 

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Night Time - Flashbacks & Seizures

David Di Palma, Brain Injury Survivor, Surviving One Day at a Time - Flashbacks 
Sunday 16th February 2020

It is Sunday 16th February 2020 and the time is 00:18
Nights are the worse time for me. I experience flashbacks to the historical abuse more at night than at any other time of the day. More often than not I sleep with a Night Light on to make me feel safer. 

Nights are also a challenging time because my brain has difficulty in ‘switching off’. As a consequence of my brain injury the day’s events go around and around my mind, the events unable to take residence in a memory cell because I have difficulty with short term memory. I record the day’s events by keeping a diary, a written record of events, this blog is one such record. Don’t misunderstand what I’ve just said. I’m not making a conscious decision to refrain from ‘switching off’, I’m trying to ‘switch off’ but I can’t. I’m certainly tired enough to ‘switch off’ and to go to sleep but my health circumstances prevent this happening. 

Night time I frequently experience seizures. The episodes cause me to lose feeling down the left side of my body. During and after the episode my speech becomes slurred, I’m unable to move and I have been known to lose control of my bladder, without knowing it. Of course seizures occur during the daytime too, but, at night more often than not the outcomes and symptoms are worse because of exhaustion and lack of care and support staff to help me at night.

As I write this I have a burning sensation located in the right temple. The sensation starts in the right temple and spreads across my forehead. The sensation is like a spreading wildfire. Concentration is becoming more difficult. I’m losing the feeling down my right side of my body, I don’t think I’ll be able to write much more. 

When I type this up from my notebook I’ll type it up as it is. It’s important that my readers and followers understand the situation in an unedited way. I’ve lost track of what I was saying now. I’m trying to speak but the words are slurred. I’m dribbling too. I feel like you would do if you were under the influence of alcohol but I don’t drink alcohol. 

I’ve created a blog template to make uploading content easier but I’m not sure what I was telling you about now. It’s dark but I don’t know what time it is. I’m feeling exhausted and I’m not sure if I’ve wet myself or I’m just perspiring. 

I’m a Brain Injury Survivor and Proud.

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David Di Palma

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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Braunstone Town Council - Millfield Ward - By-Election – Twelve Days Until Polling Day

Braunstone Town Council - Millfield Ward - By-Election –
Twelve Days Until Polling Day

Saturday, 15 February 2020
Braunstone Town Council By-election - Millfield Ward

On Thursday 27th February 2020 there is a By-election for Braunstone Town Council’s Millfield Ward seat.  I would like to see Bettina Atkinson succeed in contesting the seat against Leanne Lee as I think Bettina would offer an alternative perspective to the ruling party.

Blaby District Council By-election for Millfield Ward, Braunstone Town.

In addition to the Braunstone Town Council By-election for Millfield Ward, there will be a Blaby District Council By-election for Millfield Ward, Braunstone Town. Having contested against candidate Christiane Startin-Lorent at the 2019 Local Elections for Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town (including Thorpe Astley) for  the Blaby District Council seat I really hope that Christiane will defeat the other candidates in this election as I think Christiane is the best candidate for the job and has a lot more to offer Braunstone Town compared with the other candidates.

My name is David Di Palma, I’m an Independent Councillor and proud.
If I can do it, you can do it.

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Town Councillor David Di Palma
Winstanley Ward – Braunstone Town


Parish Councillor David Di Palma
Leicester Forest East


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Blaby District Council - Millfield Ward - By-Election - Twelve Days Until Polling Day


Saturday, 15 February 2020
Twelve Days Until Polling Day…...



In addition to the Blaby District Council By-election for Millfield Ward, Braunstone Town there is a By-election for Braunstone Town Council’s Millfield Ward seat.
I would like to see Bettina Atkinson succeed in contesting the seat as I think Bettina would offer an alternative perspective to the ruling party.

My name is David Di Palma, 
I’m an Independent Councillor and proud.
If I can do it, you can do it.
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Winstanley Ward – Braunstone Town


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Leicester Forest East


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Week Ending 16th February 2020

Saturday, 15 February 2020

This week has been a challenging week.

Living with a brain injury disability is very challenging on a daily basis. 
One of the most frustrating aspects is when I cannot recall what I was doing a very short time ago. It’s very time consuming to repeatedly refer back to CCTV and audio recordings to establish what I was doing a very short while ago. My home and outbuildings are covered by internal and external CCTV and audio recording equipment, the recordings happen 24/7/365. It’s my way of trying to manage the best way I can.

In addition, I wear tracking equipment which can be remotely tracked by Leicestershire Police and other agencies in the event I become lost or missing.  I frequently forget what I was doing and find myself in places and situations that I never had any intention of being or able to provide a reasonable explanation of how I came to be there. Thankfully I can be remotely when the need arises.

My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Survivor, If I can do it, you can do it.
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There's No 'I' in Team

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is David Di Palma and if I were to describe myself in one word, I would describe myself as ‘Survivor’.

Abuse & Brain Injury Survivor

I’m a complex being. A SURVIVOR of abuse (physical, psychological and sexual), a brain injury SURVIVOR, and an epilepsy SURVIVOR. I’m not a victim but a SURVIVOR.

Surviving takes up the vast majority of my time. My challenges just to function are significant. I’m supported by Claire, Julian and Dipak on a daily basis. Claire, Julian and Dipak are my
Care and Support Workers who support me with every aspect of my personal and professional SURVIVAL STRATEGY. A strategy which is constantly evolving as my circumstances continually change.


Independent Councillor  In my spare time I serve on the respective councils of 
Braunstone Town & Leicester Forest East in the county of Leicestershire.
I’m an Independent Councillor having served different parishes, including Glenfield, 

Braunstone Town and Leicester Forest East since 2011.

Business Owner      
I’m a business owner of two Micro Businesses and an Award-Winning Author. 
The purpose of my blog is to inspire others to improve their personal and professional circumstances through my experiences.

Welcome Aboard    To that end I offer you my warm welcome and look forward to sharing my experiences with you.    My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Survivor, If I can do it, you can do it.
Best Wishes
David Di Palma
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Dennis - The blog that blows!

Saturday the 15th February 2020.

It was an early cold and rainy start to the weekend today, as Julian arrived at 8.30am, ready for a weights session at the gym. The gym session was a successful and productive one, as new levels of performance were met. Increased weight for the dumbbell press was achieved, and I felt really energised after this, both mentally and physically.

Storm Dennis was brewing and had an effect on the local residents of Braunstone Town,in particular supermarket shoppers. Trolleys were out of control in the Sainsbury's car park, as shoppers tried to handle the gushing winds (40mph).

In line with continued gym use, the healthy eating regime continues. Fruit and vegetables were on the menu replacing the former chocolate and sweet arsenal. As we left Sainsburys, a gust of wind blew an apple out of my bag, and fortunately, narrowly missed a senior citizen that was approaching.

After the chaos of Storm Dennis, Julian and I finally made it back home. A cup of coffee was well deserved. (lovely!)

One final task was due and that was to compare and select the best energy tariff. We all know that looking at energy tariffs is confusing, and the trust in suppliers, isn't the best. However, from the help of Julian's expertise, we found a deal which was cost efficient and from a supplier, that I felt comfortable in being with.

To summarise, today's events were productive.
Take care all, Until next time!

Julian (on behalf of David)

Long time no hear

It has been a long time since we last posted but it has been a very busy few months in respect of supporting the communities of Braunstone T...