For some people there isn’t much point in running unless you’re chasing a ball but for me it provides a bit of time to think, and today, to reflect.
Before Rhys could walk the marathon became a bit of a metaphor for Rhys’ therapy. That is that if you follow a programme, train regularly and persist, you can, with effort get there.
We knew that Rhys wouldn’t walk immediately, but felt that, if we persisted and applied what we’d learned then day by day we could get closer to our goal – and fortunately it paid off.
Today it feels like we’ve wound the clock back a few years. Rhys is still pretty sore. He was trying to clear his throat today and coughing was proving very uncomfortable – he couldn’t summon a big enough cough to clear his throat as it was too painful.
It’s also taking him a lot of effort in physio to achieve some simple tasks.
Have a look at this video clip to see how long it takes to roll over.
The team here think he should turn a corner in the next few days as this is within the ‘normal’ range for recovery. Though he went on to do better in todays session than before, it’s a reminder that there’s quite a few hard yards ahead for him.
The resident orthotist, Keith (you can always trust a Keith eh Dad) had appeared at 8am and started taking casts of Rhys’ ankles whilst he was still asleep. We chatted as he did it and he said his aim when making casts was to ensure that Rhys’ ankle joints are still in good shape when he’s 25, 35, 45, 55.
And that is a reminder about why we’re doing the hard yards now.
p.s. Rhys should be discharged at lunch time tomorrow (Tuesday)