It’s been a frustrating week. Last Sunday I was watching football with a London startup founder when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my neck all the way down my shoulder. “Ouch, I’ve got a crook neck,” I remarked, without thinking too much of it. Only, as the evening progressed, the pain got more intense. I hardly slept at all that night.
The following day I woke up extremely tired and in more excruciating pain, so I called in sick and warned my colleagues at TechCrunch I would likely be missing for a few days.
After googling and a text consultation with a doctor - I couldn’t face a trip out in the cold to see a face to face GP - I was convinced I’ve damaged a nerve and/or pulled a muscle in my neck. And knowing my body and the extra complications my disability brings, it was just going to take time.
So now I’m taking painkillers, using a heat pad on my neck, and playing the waiting game.
A week later there has been some improvement but it remains painful and difficult to use my laptop and type, therefore I’m only sporadically working (I’m writing this on my iPhone). Which brings us to this edition of ITK.
I didn’t want to delay the newsletter any further as I’ve written some decent news stories since the previous edition. And since you are such a well-connected readership and I know I owe some of you email, I thought a mass update would be a good way of getting the word out on why this news machine isn’t running quite at full capacity.
Lastly, a shout out and thanks to Urban Massage
, the London startup backed by Passion Capital that lets you book a massage therapist on-demand to come to your home or workplace. I covered the company when it first launched nearly 4 years ago
(probably the first journalist to do so), but it wasn’t until this week that I actually used the service.
The person I booked has a background in physiotherapy and treatment of sports injuries. Even though we’ve only managed to get one session in so far, it was just what the doctor would have ordered. But without leaving the house or the waitlists…
I’m actually a bit annoyed at myself because I’ve been getting a lot of tension headaches and a little pain stemming from my neck and shoulders before this injury. And prevention is always better than cure. I’m certain to be a regular Urban Massage customer going forward. (You can use my referral code if you want to try it for yourself and get £20 off
Until next time, take care and be well,
Bonus: On Saturday I managed to work a bit, so look out for a small fintech scoop on Monday morning.
If you are wondering what the tweet
above refers to, it was details of Ophelia Brown’s new venture capital fund, which was nicely scooped
by BI’s awesome Shona Ghosh.