Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Power chair disappointment

Concentration mixed with disappointment

Concentration mixed with disappointment

For the second week in a row Rob’s power chair has arrived and been taken away again. First time round the rep was unable to do the various minor alterations necessary, such as arm rest height, to enable Rob to sit comfortably in the chair. After 3 phone calls to a “friend” it was decided a return trip with the friend was necessary. Tonight the chair was set up properly and Rob sat comfortably in it – next it came to testing the head controls… Unfortunately, to say the least, the arms of the controls were not long enough to do better than be ear rather than head controls and so once again the chair has been taken away for extensions to be fitted. Even when the controls are in the right place Rob will still have to see whether he will manage head controls over uneven terrain such as the Bristol pavements and cobbled areas. A bumpy ride may cause unwanted activation of some switch with dire consequences!!! What has become clear is that it will take quite some time before it is all sorted out so the carers will gradually build their muscles up pushing Rob around Bristol!
To complete by mid Oct??

To complete by mid Oct??


The annex continues to make good progress with first fix virtually completed. The completion date is supposed to be mid October but the end of October will be more realistic.

A positive move has been the change from the ICCM care agency to Network Health. Robs newly recruited carers have moved across and Rob already feels safer and happier with the new hands on management style. Their first weekend, having taken over at 8am on Sat morning, was a trip to watch Gloucester win at Kingsholm in the afternoon followed by the marathon of going to the Invictus closing concert on the Sunday, leaving at 2pm and returning at 2.30am Monday morning. All in all a great weekend.