24 Septem­ber 2016

Chat - - MY DIARY -

If there’s one thing I’m not, it’s a quit­ter!

Re­mem­ber that doc­tor said

I’d never walk again?

Well, af­ter two weeks in a spe­cial­ist re­hab unit, yes­ter­day I stood up from my wheel­chair on my own! Next, I’m learn­ing to walk with a frame.

It’s harder than it looks, push­ing it for­ward, shuf­fling a cou­ple of steps.

And physio is in­ten­sive. I have six 45-minute ses­sions ev­ery day, and I’m ex­hausted af­ter the first 20

min­utes or so. But I won’t give up. Af­ter I get the hang of the frame, I’ll tackle stairs. I have to ex­er­cise my tongue, too, learn to swallow, hold a fork and feed my­self.

I’m right-handed, so need to prac­tise us­ing my left for things now.

Ian and Mum have been great, learn­ing how they’ll need to help me once I’m home.

I’m so grate­ful. But I know how hard it’ll be and don’t want to be a bur­den.

It’s made me more de­ter­mined to get back on my feet.

If there’s one thing I’m not, it’s a quit­ter!

Next I’m go­ing to tackle the stairs

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