I’ve already written on here about how lovely the roof garden at the hospital is. There was a storm last night and the weather has cooled to a chilly 86. It’s now possible to spend time on the roof without thinking you might evaporate, so we headed up there after Rhys’ physio session today.
Last night as I was writing a page on here I was thinking about how much needed to happen in the coming couple of weeks. We’d hoped that Rhys would be back to walking independently by the time we got back to London. Over the weekend I’d managed to get him to stand on his own for just a second or two but that was it. Him walking back through arrivals was out of reach. Then tonight on the roof this happened.
Can you believe it? Ridiculous isn’t it? How can so much have changed in such a very short space of time? I think he’s becoming pain free now but more importantly he’s got a bit of confidence back in his ability. He’s still some way off the mobility he had when we turned up but it doesn’t seem nearly as far off as it did last night.
I’d had a feeling he was on good form this morning as I’d got him to stand for 10 – 15 seconds on his own. Then when my back was turned he took a step or two. I grabbed the camera and he had another go – you can see though that it’s not nearly as controlled as the clip on the roof.
At his physio session this afternoon he gave a pretty good account of himself and again took a few steps but the confidence wasn’t really there.
I was ready to settle for that though as progress for the day – but then he went and surprised us on the roof.
The mantra when you’re in these blocks of physio is to try and turn every situation into a chance to make progress. Need a drink? Let’s walk to the fridge. Want a biscuit? Let’s walk to the cupboard. He’s only covered a couple of metres on his own in a safe place (there’s a big difference between that and walking in the street) but it feels like we have momentum.
We’re going to head out for the day after tomorrow’s session to try and motivate Rhys to keep moving. I’ve got a feeling if he’s not thinking about walking he’ll do quite nicely at it.