How has your mobility improved since you came home after the stroke?
“When I came out of hospital I couldn’t walk independently at all. I had a rotor stand, and two wheelchairs (a manual one and an electric one), but I stopped using the rotary stand very quickly, which I was pleased with.
I’m not permanently wheelchair-bound. I do use the electric one when I go to the park, but I do more and more walking with my stick now and the Horizon therapists have helped give me the courage to do that.”
Do you look forward to your rehabilitation sessions?
Yes! I had a brilliant session with Jackie, the OT, this morning, talking about my goals and achievements. I’m going to use a flowchart to measure progress going forwards. I see her every other Tuesday.
I see Karen every Thursday and she gives me exercises to strengthen my muscles. I have been using an exercise bike and gradually increasing the resistance. She has given so much encouragement, it makes all the difference.
Are you able to get out and about?
Yes, I’m able to go out with my carer, my husband or with one of the Horizon therapists. Jackie and I have gone out for coffee together. We’ve gone to B&Q. I’ve walked with my carer to Sainsbury’s. These things make a really big difference and help me to feel more normal.
Because of my physical disabilities, the DVLA revoked my driver’s license, but Becca (my carer) and Ollie (my husband) are very patient and take me wherever I need to go.