FA & I: Celebrating 25 years together
My diagnosis
My scoliosis
Muscle Spasm
Using a wheelchair
My powerchair
My Speech
NHS Wheelchair Services
Foot surgery
Using a catheter
My diabetes
As FA progresses
Living with depression
Ataxia UK Coventry and Warwickshire Support Group
Independent Living
Getting the care I need
Using a hoist
My Hive
Taking CoQ10
Using my computer
Using public transport
The Open University
Working life
Travels in the UK
Walt Disney World

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Last updated: October 2018

My Hive

Hive is a brilliant product for disabled people. Once the Hive hub is connected to your broadband modem many different products can be connected to it and controlled via an app on a mobile phone. For instance I have a Hive Active Heating Kit which allows me to control the heating from my mobile phone, Hive Plugs which allow me to turn off and on my adjustable bed, microwave, oven, fans, televisions, lamps, USB plug, printer, exercise bike, standing frame and dryer. I also have Hive Lights which allow me to switch on, off and dim my bedroom, hall, bedroom and spare room lights. In fact most of these lights and plugs are on timer so they turn on and off automatically at a certain time which makes my home even easier to control. I also have Hive Sensors which detect and alerts me to any movement within my home at night time.

Hive App

This is my Hive app. I've used the prefix 'F' for devices in the front room; 'K' for devices in the kitchen; 'B' for devices in my bedroom; 'S' for devices in the spare bedroom; and 'H' for devices in the hall.


This website has been around sinse 1998, and although it's changed a lot over the years it's always been about me and my disability. Over the years I have used many different hosts and website design packages. For the past ten years or so I have used 1&1 as my host and I have always been very happy with it. I have always wanted to learn how to build a website from scratch using Adobe Dreamweaver, so about three years ago I got in touch with Polar Solutions and arranged for a trainer to come out to my home to teach me at my own pace. So I now design this website using Adobe Dreamweaver and the skills I learned on that course. I designed the buttons using Cool Text.