For the past two Tuesdays Ron has attended the Group Physio Sessions at Herts and Essex Gym, not much of a group the first week - just two participants but they got a lot of attention from the physios and OT's. I think that Ron is deriving good benefit from these sessions as they get more than an hour and they are on the go the whole time.
Ron sets himself challenges his latest is to walk up and down the sitting room using a normal walking stick rather than the quad stick he usually uses.
We have been to visit Suzanne and Chas at their home. We parked near the front door and Ron walked to the front door and up the steps into the kitchen diner where he sat in an ordinary chair and of course he made the return journey to the car. He was very pleased that he was able to do this especially as he had a little loss of balance on the step when he tried to step up with his bad leg but the good news was that he was able to correct this with just a little help from Suzanne and me.
Last Sunday we went out for lunch with the RR Essex Section which went well, we were able sit with our friends which was good and Ron did not get as tired as he had previously. On the way home Ron said let us go to Ryan and Michelle's house to see if he could get into their summer-house. When we arrived he got out of the car and walked to their patio area over shingle and grass and then on to paving. We had a sit down and then Michelle wanted to show me their vegetable patch and Ron said he would walk across the lawn with us (about 20 yards each way) my heart was in my mouth but he did it. We sat and had a coffee and then he walked back to the car. This is major progress -all those different surfaces some of them uneven.
Today (Friday 5th) we have been to Maldon with my U3A Garden Group 5 of us ladies and Ron. We made a day of it and had lunch in Prezzo's and then headed of to see the gardens at Beeleigh. Ron took his scooter, the first real trial driving from the car park along the pavements to the restaurant. He managed to sit on a chair at the table and then get back on the scooter. It certainly saved me a lot of hard work when we explored the beautiful gardens. The scooter coped well with shingle paths and grass We had the compulsory tea in the marquee on the lawn. It was a successful day and I think everyone enjoyed it.
You will see we are able to get out and about with increasing ease.
We have received notification that Ron qualifies for the lower rate of Attendance Allowance, we are a little disappointed with this but evidently you only get the higher rate if you need help during the night, I of course answered all the questions honestly and Ron does not get up during the night, he takes a bottle to bed and uses it himself. We are grateful that we can manage without any outside help but there is no doubt that you cannot live as frugally when you are disabled so we are grateful for the financial help.
I am taking the Mark Ten for a MOT on Monday so I will go for a practice run over the weekend fingers crossed for me.
More news soon