IT’S an anniversary Nick Scott hoped he’d never have to mark on the calendar – a year since a freak accident left him a quadriplegic.
The former local sports star’s life has found a rhythm of normality since he moved from hospital to his Murrumbidgee Estate home in July, but he admits that anniversary date – November 6 – is weighing heavily on his mind.
“I can’t really get my head around it,” he said.
“The accident itself doesn’t haunt me too much but I don’t really know how to feel about the anniversary.
“What do you do to mark a day that changed the rest of my life? Do I celebrate, do I commiserate or do I just let it slide by?”
He might not have the mobility he once did but Mr Scott said he was trying to live as normal a life as possible with his partner Nikki and young son Porter.
“Porter is coping really well, he doesn’t really remember much before the accident,” Mr Scott said.
“It’s hard not being able to pick him up or get down and play with his trucks with him, but you have to make the best of the situation.”
Boredom remains the biggest hurdle, he admitted.
“I feel pretty good in the head still but you do get a bit bored at home all day,” he said.
“You do feel a bit of guilt too, just sitting around watching TV.”
His dream remains to gain employment and make a contribution.
“I really want to get into doing house plans, to be a draftsman,” Mr Scott said.
And with the local cricket season spinning into action at the weekend, he said he planned to get out and follow his former club Coro when he could.
“I still feel part of the club and will be trying to get to a few games,” he said.
He paid tribute to his family and friends who have helped him settle in at home and thanked Griffith Nursing Services for also helping in the adjustment.