Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

A date for the stones

Great news this week as Rob eventually has been given a date for his kidney stone removal. It is scheduled for the last week of March which means that the time for getting home may only be delayed for a few days. Now to work on gastrology dept to get Rob’s PEG stomach feeding tube out (this has not been needed for the last month at least). Rob’s quote of the week was “I’d quite like my trachy out also but I like living!”
Wednesday was a big day as Rob had his first proper shower for 170 days (that beat his gap year record!), great feeling and another milestone reached. This was followed by a session in a standing chair to start the process of slowly building up to being able to stand in his wheelchair. Like the gym work anything that should be natural is good to do. Rob then had a very encouraging time spent with an IT expert who is also tetraplegic and on a ventilator. He was able to show Rob how he uses all the latest technology from his chair to give the most independence possible both in the home and out and about. To know that Rob will be able to open doors and curtains, work the computer or sound systems, make phone calls etc is such an uplift

Waiting for patient education session- Mike's job was to stop Rob nodding off!

Waiting for patient education session- Mike’s job was to stop Rob nodding off!


The ICCM discharge care team, who will look after Rob initially at home whilst his personal team are selected, have been working along side the nurses in Salisbury to get to know Rob and train up on Rob’s specific needs.
Making the most of some fine weather and getting  fresh air

Making the most of some fine weather and getting fresh air