Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

The Extreme X8 All Terrain chair arrives – awesome

The arrival of Rob’s X8 has changed Rob’s life dramatically. The pictures will show some of the places that Rob has now been able to get to. This means that Rob has an extra reason to get on and finish those exams, instead of a break from work being a turn round to watch the TV screen now Rob has set his sights on getting outside and putting the chair to the test.

Kirsty's horse checks out who is crossing his field.

Kirsty’s horse checks out who is crossing his field.

Keeping pace with the power harrow.

Keeping pace with the power harrow.

Rob is gradually exploring the fields around Bushy and the woods themselves tackling whatever is in front on him, the tall grass, the poached up ground, nettles and brambles not to mention the ditches.

Circuit training for tough mudder

Circuit training for tough mudder

Gate please

Gate please

Kirsty on the look out as we pass through Bushy

Kirsty on the look out as we pass through Bushy

Despite being told that the chair will not tip up the terrain got the better of Rob one day as he tackled a ditch for the second time- this time just with his carers………………… Rob made the phone call to his Dad in Cheltenham saying “I am lying in the bottom of a ditch – how do we explain to the ambulance how to find me?” Thinking that Rob was crying wolf the conversation went on for a while but eventually Rob was believed and “troops” were sent from the Equine Hospital (rather than the local NHS) with local farmer support to help right the chair. No harm done and the ditch has been “jumped” again since to prove that it was just unlucky last time!

Best go carefully down here this time!

Best go carefully down here this time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For variety and to put some distance training in Rob went from Purton to Slimbridge up the canal bank. About 2 and a quarter miles tackling walkers, cyclists, fishermen and geese on the way.

Hazards on the Purton to Slimbridge canal

Hazards on the Purton to Slimbridge canal

Passing ships close to Slimbridge

Passing ships close to Slimbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all it has been a great buy – again thanks to those who have helped in the various events to make it all possible. The exams have been submitted -Two 3000 word essays and four 500 word pieces. Results to follow!