For those who go walkies in the night..

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Posted by Colin ( on August 22, 2001 at 08:23:47:

Just been reading the guest book and came across another guy here in London who goes out walking if he gets hit at night and was worried about getting stopped by the police. I had that concern as well, as I tend to wander around my local common thumping myself in the head, clutching a bottle of water and muttering/screaming/swearing. How the hell do you explain that to a police man when you can't even think properly, let alone talk? I now keep a laminated note on the shelf by my front door which I take with me if I have to go walkies. I have it as a Word doc, and not sure if I can attach it here so I thought I'd paste the text in so that anyone who wants to can copy it and adapt it for themselves.

My name is Colin Morris

I live at 23 Speldhurst Rd, E9 7EH

My home phone number is 020 8533 9733

I suffer from a syndrome called Cluster Headache.

This is an extremely debilitating illness caused by a deformity in the hypothalamus region of the brain.

The severity of the pain means that I have trouble communicating during an attack.

My face may look distorted as though I have been physically attacked or assaulted.

Exertion such as fast walking or running helps to alleviate the pressure on the blood vessels in my brain.

Please do not call an ambulance for me, once the attack subsides I will be able to make my own way home.

It's all very simplified, but should be enough to let who ever finds you know that you're not just an escaped lunatic. Hope some of you find this useful.

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