In the past 3 years I have been standing, walking on the treadmill and frame as much as I can, as well as working with my physio and the FES bike. All made possible due to the tremendous support I have had and still get., it is amazing! I am now very keen to get this new bit of equipment that will be in the UK early next year. It is called ReWalk.
ReWalk is a wearable, motorized quasi robotic suit. Partially concealable under clothing, ReWalk provides user-initiated mobility – leveraging advanced motion sensors, sophisticated robotic control algorithms, on-board computers, real-time software, actuation motors, tailored rechargeable batteries and composite materials
ReWalk works with users – not just for them. Users walk with the assistance of crutches, controlling suit movement through subtle changes in center of gravity and upper-body movements. In addition to simplifying suit control, this user participation in mobility brings tangible health and emotional benefits. ReWalk is not just a vertical wheelchair – ReWalk restores the element of control over mobility so lacking for wheelchair users.
ReWalk can serve as a robotic therapeutic or physical training device, used for intensive functional locomotion therapy.
- All day usage
- Mobility – walking, sit-to-stand, stand-to-sit, climb stairs, ascending/descending slopes, driving
- Training – replacing other training equipment at home and at rehabilitation center
It would be great to be able to spend a lot of the day up on my feet, and WALKING! It will help the nerves reconnect and new pathways develop (like treadmill training has been proved to do). It would take time to be able to learn to do it, but I could get there. It could become an Olympic sport, a line of robots for the 100m! It has different buttons you press for steps up, steps down, walking, getting up, sitting down. It sounds very clever. I wonder if they could put a few extra buttons for me. For example: Dance to Single Ladies (Beyonce), then maybe a run like hell button, maybe a jump button too…..now that could be fun!!
I have put money raised by the recent events to the side for a hydropool, and the ReWalk is what i would love to get next year, if it is possible.
I am excited about it, it will be brilliant rehab as well as just feeling great to be tall again . I shall keep working on my core as that needs to be strong enough. They say it is for injuries T6 and below, but the also say that for mono skiing. I am T4 but that is not going to stop me.
My good friend, Ruth Matthews and I have been planning this years Summer Shenanigans. It is on the 5th June this year in aid of Matt Hampson Trust, my Walk Campaign and Leics & Rutland Air Ambulance. It should be a great night, I am going to be there this year!! (Last year I had a sick bug!!)
Thanks for the support