James’ News & Progress – 25 July 2009

After what was quite a tiring and emotional week, Friday night was the first time I was able to sleep in my own room in just under nine months and it was the first time that Penny, Martin, Mum, Dad and I had slept under the same roof for over 12 months. As such, Mum whipped up an incredible lamb roast for the five of us and a cheeky bottle of bubbly was opened to celebrate. Similarly, some of the boys joined me to watch the rugby on Saturday night to check out the new room and christen it with a couple of frosties. We hope the lift will be in towards the end of next week.

Although I left Moorong slightly sad to say goodbye to some of the great people, it has obviously been very exciting to settle back in at home and plan the next phase of attack.

I will be forever thankful for all the hard work from my family, builders and others in the lead up to me being able to return home. It has really been an incredible team effort into which I have had absolutely no input. So thank you to you all.

Much of the last seven days has been spent finalizing my intensive home based rehabilitation program by visiting numerous gyms, physiotherapists and hydrotherapy options. I also made a firm decision not to undertake any rehabilitation whether it be mental exercises or physical activities for the entire week which is the first time I have done so since I fell. Many of my therapists have been advising me to do this for a number of months to allow the body to consolidate and potentially allow some natural recovery to take place.

The other big change was getting to know and train up my new carers whose main roles include getting me out of bed in the morning, showering, toileting, dressing and returning to put me to bed at night. Obviously this takes a fair amount of adjusting to, however I am pleased to say that Tina, Rhonda, Tim and I are bringing it all together very well.

Finally the end of the week was spent kicking back at one of the beautiful harbourside parks in the area with the old man and enjoying a couple of VB’s (for the non-Australians, a local lager) on a beautiful winter’s day. Next week a new intensive regime will swing into action along with a raft of new goals and challenges. As you all know, there is still a long way to go.