Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Nose to the grindstone as Rob works towards a career in Law

Not wasting standing time.

Not wasting standing time.

Nothing will stop me achieving my goal!

Nothing will stop me achieving my goal!

When Rob’s sister Kirsty said “OMG Rob all you do is work” his reply was along the lines of “I want to do really well- if I could go out to the gym I would but I can’t so…” Rob’s Uni course challenges are the same as for all other students in their 2nd year of a Politics and Philosophy degree – lots of reading and seemingly one essay after another with tight deadlines. Hence there is not much downtime at the moment as Rob works hard to meet all his schedules. Pressure sores are an ever constant worry and even when confined to bed and unable to go into lectures Rob will ask his carers to wheel his bed up to his computer so that he can still work. Equally now to keep his standing routine going it is done in front of the computers.

 

All suited up for trip to Bird and Bird in London

All suited up for trip to Bird and Bird in London

 

 

 

Not satisfied with just his degree Rob is working on the next stage of his career plan which is to undertake a Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law. Rob has started obtaining insights into the legal field. During the summer he went to visit the offices of the international law firm Bird and Bird in London. Rob has also done several days work experience at EDF in Gloucester and he has just been accepted for insight evenings with both Burges Salmon and TLT in Bristol. Rob is already thinking about and looking into training contact possibilities.

 

 

Having survived the Italian drivers in Rome a stationary car jumped out!

Having survived the Italian drivers in Rome a stationary car jumped out!

 

 

Everyday things which people have to cope with prove much more taxing for Rob. On one occasion Rob’s Caravelle did not quite fit into the chosen parking spot and subsequently needed 2 days off the road in the paint shop. No worry we thought as the special disability insurance policy allows for a replacement vehicle – pity it was only a two door polo style car!!! It meant that Rob was grounded for the two days which is not easy to do in a busy term time schedule if lectures are not to be missed.

 

 

 

The spaghetti of wires that needed checking

The spaghetti of wires that needed checking

 

 

Recently Rob’s Permobil power chair caused some worry in Bristol when Rob found that all of a sudden he could only go in a circle. That was going to make driving up into the Caravelle a real challenge!! Chair in neutral and parking on a slope to level the way in made it a little easier for the carers to push Rob up the ramp and into the van. Back at home it was diagnostics by FaceTime with the Permobil engineer directing the investigation. The tentative diagnosis was right front wheel motor failure and so there was the wait for a new motor to be sent from Sweden. Once the motor arrived the Permobil engineer turned up promptly to fit it and thankfully the diagnosis was correct. The engineer even called in late one Sunday afternoon to check that all was still working OK. He certainly realised the significance of Rob being without his very manoevarable chair to get to his lectures in the old university buildings. Great service from the Permobil team.