Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Exam time but also in the woods again

Rosie keeps an eye on the swans at Purton

Rosie keeps an eye on the swans at Purton

Rob continues to make progress in terms of the time he can sit up in his chair without causing too much trouble to his pressure sore/scar. He has to be very vigilant every day and under advice from Salisbury stuck at 8 hours sat up for a three week period. It seems that the next steps are quite slow as the scar is slow to mature and hence strengthening of the skin is also slow. 8 1/2 hours is maximum at the moment but it has allowed Rob to get to most of his course lectures and seminars in Bristol. What Rob missed out on was any time to spend with fellow students on the course or take part in any of the social activities. However as the class work is over now just like all other 2nd year students it is that stressful exam time but Rob is gradually ticking them off. The exams to date have been extended essays done at home or power point presentations given in University. Rob has also managed to fit in some down time to relax and get out again – walks down the canal bank make a welcome break having been stuck inside for so long. The addition of taking the dogs gives others added anxiety as to who may end up in the canal!
Another big step forward for Rob was to get back into his all terrain chair this weekend. Apart from the fun of it one eye is on building up for the Tough Mudder Event in Cirencester Park in August. The state of the woods at the moment gives ample mud to train in and there were only a couple of times when a helping hand was needed! Generally Dad gets sent on and if the mud does not come too far up his wellies then it is worth a go. Rob is challenging himself to rebuild his confidence in the amount of tilt that the chair can tolerate without actually tipping over! All great fun until it comes to cleaning the chair although Rob does do his bit by driving through the long grass in the fields on the way home to get the worst off.

Back in the woods

Back in the woods

Drive on!!

Drive on!!

Rob makes regular use of his new FES bike and it fits so much better into his schedule being able to do it either just before he gets up or as soon as he goes back to bed. Progress certainly has been made but it will still be some months before Rob is back to where he was before his pressure sore back in early December.