Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Summer of activity

The 2nd year exam results came and gave some reward for the huge effort that Rob had put into his work whilst lying in his bed for months waiting for his pressure sore to heal. High 2:1s and a couple of firsts would be good enough for most but Rob sees it as a challenge to go even better next time. As the work was done it was still really important for Rob to keep busy. Thankfully the weather improved and Rob has been able to get out of the house and
a trip down the M5 to Sandy Park at Exeter to watch the final day of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s was great day out. Not only did we see The GB Lions win in their final preparation for the Rio Olympic games but Rob met up with Robin Plumpe who was in the same Wycliffe 1st XV team that Rob was and who now plays for Germany.

Rob meets up with school rugby team mate Robin at the home of Exeter Chiefs.

Rob meets up with school rugby team mate Robin at the home of Exeter Chiefs.

Rob decided to treat his family to a special meal out and spent a lot of time researching for something a little different. The Indian fine dining at the Prithvi restaurant in Cheltenham (which has been recommended for a Michelin star) proved to be a fanatstic choice and we had a great evening there.

Fine dining at the Prithvi Indian Restaurant in Cheltenham

Fine dining at the Prithvi Indian Restaurant in Cheltenham

A big step forward was Rob’s holiday break with 10 of his school friends at a cottage in West Bagborough. Rob had organised it finding a cottage located at the foot of the Quantocks; a luxury timber-clad holiday villa “Cockercombe”

Some of the Cockercombe holiday party on their beach walk

Some of the Cockercombe holiday party on their beach walk

with six en-suite bedrooms with its own 22ft x 10ft indoor heated swimming pool and good sized garden and games room. Whilst it was not far away it was the first time that Rob had been away Monday- Friday in total radio silence from his parents!! A great time was had by all with the beer supply for the week needing replenishing after a couple of days! The great time had is also difficult for Rob as he can only sit and watch others throwing the rugby ball and diving into the pool but being with such a great group of friends is much better than not.

Rob has taken the opportunity to get out most days into the countryside when the weather allows and the recent spell of good weather has also certainly helped the post walk clean up process to the carers delight. Part of the point is training for the up and coming Tough Mudder Event on Aug 21st but it is good fun for all involved whether it be with the two dogs or Kirsty on her horse.

Out along the severn banks by the concrete barge graveyard at Purton

Out along the severn banks by the concrete barge graveyard at Purton

The race is about to start!

The race is about to start!

The ex cavalry horse is not phased by Rob's mode of transport

The ex cavalry horse is not phased by Rob’s mode of transport

 

 

 

 

 

Every trip out has not been without incident as the new battery on the trailer caught fire one day as the live terminal made contact with the metal ventilator basket as Rob went down a steep ditch. At least Rob could not see the fire behind him and some hasty blowing as if desperately trying to blow out the candles on a Birthday cake by his Dad along with breaking the contact saved the situation!