Many people will have heard of our families heart break as dad fell from a ladder on October 25th 2018 and instantly knew he had broken his back! Dad has been up and down ladders on a daily basis for last 35 years as a fireman and through his business of doing windows, soffits and fasciae, decorating and any other thing you can possibly think of that involves him being active, busy and helping people out! Dad never relaxes or has a day off, and if you know my dad well you will know he works very hard and can’t ever stay still!
On hearing of our dads awful accident our worlds came crashing down as we all said goodbye to Dad over the phone not knowing if we would see him again and whether he would survive the operation to fix his spine. Luckily dads surgery was a success but he was left paralysed from the waist down and with 5 broken ribs, we were told that the first 48 hours were critical for improvements and we searched for weeks to see some progress!
Dad spent 4 days in ICU at the John Radcliffe before being moved to a ward where they cared for dad for 3 weeks. We needed a bed at Stoke Mandeville hospital to get dad the rehabilitation he required to walk again, unfortunately the waiting list was a long one so dad moved to Royal Berkshire Hospital for 5 weeks on a ward that wasn’t specialised to deal with someone paralysed, this time was very difficult for us all coming to terms with the physical and mental impact of dad being paralysed!
We searched every day for movement and dad slowly made progress such as being able to get himself from his bed to his wheelchair! Dad finally got news of a bed at Stoke Mandeville and we held all hopes on seeing some great progress! Dad has been on a rehabilitation program at Stoke Mandeville for 11 weeks now and has seen positive improvements but is disheartened by the progress he’s made! Although he is an extremely positive, determined and driven individual this as you can image has crushed dad from the inside out!
He is continuing his rehabilitation and doctors can’t say for sure that he won’t walk again but we are preaparing our lives and future to get dad home with his wheelchair! With that said we hold onto everything we have that dad will eventually walk again, with either walking sticks, one walking stick or even just be able to get himself around his beatiful home and garden without his wheelchair!
As a family we have decided to run a mile for everyday dad is in hospital to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. As we write this we are on 135 days, as a team we will run the miles, log them all and keep a track! Any money we raise will be amazing but we are aiming high to raise as much as we can to help people in same situation as us!
Paralysis is a fact of life for the 40,000 people living with spinal cord injury, and it can happen to anyone. For the majority of people, being unable to walk is just another challenge to add to the many other difficulties they face on a daily basis. Pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections and pain are all a daily threat to quality of life, making it hard to 'get on with life'. SMSR is tackling these day to day challenges through research to ensure that individual's with spinal cord injury have the best quality of life possible.
If you’ve got to the bottom, thank you so much for reading our story and thank you for your donation and support! If you would like to run a mile for us please get in contact or just take a selfie either send to us or #runningamileforeverydaydadsinhospital and post to your social media!