Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Daily trips to Bristol

Freshers week is over and the first week of full lectures done. It has been quite a challenge as it has highlighted again some of the activities that Rob cannot do but along with that Rob is really enjoying the course. Rob had lectures on four days last week and was back in Bristol for a philosophy social drinks party on the other day. The early preparations have paid off as timing is quite tricky, not just for getting in on time but also getting between lectures. Rob has his own scribes provided through the disability services to do the note taking for him which get e-mailed through a day or so later. Those who thought that Rob would (or should) go for the safety of his manual chair for tackling the hills, roads and uneven pavements that is Bristol let alone the narrow corridors that are found in Bristol Uni buildings were proved wrong after one day! The power chair has made a huge difference to Rob’s independence – not being reliant on others just to move around the house for example and being able to have that little bit of space when out and about.

Are you up for a race?

Are you up for a race?

Last weekend was a time to continue with with off-road wheelchair skills along with overseeing the making of homemade apple juice at Damesdown.
The cider press in action but just for apple juice this time.

The cider press in action but just for apple juice this time.

So that is where the door goes

So that is where the door goes


We have been given a date of 10th Nov for the move into the annex. Now Rob can easily access the site from the nearly finished patio to check on proceedings. The external works are taking shape also so we fitted in a trip to the garden centre to get some planting ideas.

looking forward to the first BBQ on the new patio

looking forward to the first BBQ on the new patio

Yours or mine?

Yours or mine?

This weekend has been one lots of reading for the course along with recharging Rob’s batteries – the week days are quite long and the city air in Bristol is obviously not as clean as at home as it does seem to have affected his chest a bit. That also meant that we watched Gloucester beat the Tigers on the telly rather than being at Kingsholm. (Same result!!)