It has been quite a few weeks!
I know that it has been a number of weeks since I posted a message.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I apologize for this but it has actually been quite difficult to get a good block of time where it is quiet enough for me to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwriteÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â a message.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Since I have been going home for weekends I’ve been super busy doing therapies during the week at Talbot and spending time with the family and friends on weekends.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I’ve also been doing therapies on the weekends with massage and a bit of trampoline activity [but don’t tell them at Talbot]! I also fit in at least one fes bike session on each day that I am home.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This device has been a wonderful part of my rehabilitation so far.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sometimes after a busy weekend I get back to Talbot for a rest!
I really am getting used to this new body now. It really is like that.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Your body works differently, sends you different signals than what you’re used to, has different physical capabilities, and you have a different level of health.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â For example: prior to the injury I had a perfect heart rate, a perfect blood pressure level and was able to regulate my temperature well.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I now have a slightly higher heart rate, slightly low blood pressure and my temperature regulation is quite poor.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I only have full sensation from my shoulders up.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Initially with the injury I would wake up and for a brief moment you expect your body to be what it used to be.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â You then faced with a disappointment of the realization of the new body you find yourself in.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â About halfway through September I had my first dream that involved me in the new body I was in.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â From this point onwards I have begun to accept this body, work with this body and my rate of improvement has been much greater.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This really is a mental battle and reaching that point was a big step in my recovery.
Can you believe I’ll be riding a recumbent!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
I really have had to swallow my pride Re: recumbent riders.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Those of us who are used to riding a race bike generally have pretty poor opinions of those who choose to ride a recumbent.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â At the moment however I am literally dreaming of riding one of these machines.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â My recovery has been good over the last six weeks and I have been able to power the fes bike partly under my own steam.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This prompted a trip to a factory out in Ferntree Gully called Green Speed.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A lovely man called Michael Rogan went through with me what my capabilities were and we came up with a bike design that we think I will be able to ride!
I have included a picture of what the beast might look like with a few modifications to cater for my disability.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I’m certainly swallowing my pride with this vehicle but could you imagine how good it feels in my head at the moment to think that I might be able to do something Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â keep myself healthy and even fit?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This wonderful company has looked at their production schedule and been kind enough to slot me in before Christmas.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This has really given me a goal with my rehabilitation and riding this will become a part of it.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I wonder how night staff will feel when I ask them to help me get up at 5:30 in the morning so I can do laps of the Boulevard before breakfast?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Realistically I’ll start riding this bike on a basketball court, then my aim will be the car park, then the bike path along the beach, then Beach Road, and then who knows!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I apologize to all my friends who look upon these vehicles with disdain but surely you will agree I have a valid excuse to ride one!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
I would like to run a competition to come up with a suitable bumper sticker for the vehicle.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Please reply to this post if you have any ideas for what might be a suitable message to be displayed.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â My current idea is a play on the Fox truck slogan: “You Have Just been passed by another quadriplegic”.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â What do you think?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If you have any other ideas please send them in!
(Although at my current output of 5 watts for a total of 10 minutes not sure how much passing I will be doing?)
The trip I had to Green Speed was fantastic.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â And apart from thanking the company for accommodating my needs, I must also thank Campbell who works here at Royal Talbot.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Campbell is a paraplegic who managed to load me into the van and drove us both out for a look around.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We had a wonderful conversation in both directions on the trip.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I’ve been assisting Campbell to fix the hand cycles they have here at Royal Talbot using my knowledge of bicycle maintenance and Campbell’s nimble hands.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It’s been a lot of fun and great for my morale doing something I’ve always enjoyed.
That will have to do for this post but before I sign off I would like to thank everyone is continuing to help me on my road back to life.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Friends and family are everything to me at this moment and I cannot possibly thank the people who are helping me enough.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But thank you anyway!