Monday, 29 April 2013

29th April 2013

Hiya all Yet again another long gap between reports. In reality, not a lot has changed. Steven has now finished his physiotherapy at San Jaime hospital, since they believe that there is nothing more they can do for him. If that is their expertise, then fair enough. But they say that he can walk properly and unaided, strictly speaking that is the truth. But in a physiotherapy room, there are flat surfaces, no obstacles, and no people to interrupt his walking. In the real world it is impossible for Steven to both walk and manoeuvre. He cannot even walk and talk at the same time, in other words he can’t multi-task. Recently Steven visited another private hospital in Elche for a new assessment, but concentrating on his brain injuries and mental capacity. This assessment proved everything that we’ve been trying to tell the San Jaime hospital, the solicitor, and the car insurance. Steven requires more therapy, but concentrating on mental agility, memory, and co-ordination. All this information is added to his Court case, as we continue to visit the forensic doctor at the local court in pursuance of his injury claim. We have all just returned from a 9 day holiday, a cruise from Barcelona, to Madeira, Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Malaga. Our first holiday for several years, and in my opinion well deserved. Steven coped admirably with the movement of the ship, however on sea days he sometimes had to walk whilst holding my shoulder due to the natural roll of the ship. On the minus side, on the ship, a lot of people were so focussed on what they were doing on board, they could see Steven the well built young man, but failed to see the walking stick, and so he was knocked several times, and often without apology. But overall, he and we had a good time, getting lost on the ship, and exploring the islands we visited. Steven took full advantage of the onboard massages, jacuzzis, and saunas. We all came back refreshed. Steven continues with his regular exercises at home, and massages now 3 times per week. This relieves muscle pain, and helps him sleep. Best regards Terry