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Hello and Welcome from Andy Ibbott and Jon Graham
With thanks to the following sponsors;
In the early hours of March 12th 2011, Andy Ibbott - School Director of California Superbike School (Europe) suffered a devastating left hemisphere stroke. Andy had undergone surgery 36 hours earlier to remove a Carotid body tumour. To add to the graveness of Andy's health he also contracted Pneumonia and as he was non responsive the stroke team and neurologists doubted he would survive another 72 hours.
48hrs on Andy became responsive, he couldn't speak but managed to answer simple questions by squeezing his left hand. Though still very poorly with Pneumonia and requiring oxygen Andy began to attempt to move himself in bed.
Three weeks later Andy's Pneumonia had stabilised enough to be moved to Northampton and closer to home. The operation had damaged Andy's swallow. Feeding through a tube in his nose was a double edged sword between getting the nutrients he needed and aspirating the food into his lungs. He underwent a procedure to fit a peg tube to his stomach to aid feeding.
Northampton hospital and especially Holcot ward was the turning point for Andy. He had no feeling at all down the whole of his right side and he struggled to communicate his needs and feelings. Instead of being told what he wouldn't be able to do, he was encouraged to aim for goals in all the three key areas: Speech, Physio and Occupational therapy. Once a particular goal was reached, another was quickly put in place.
Just under three months after Andy's admittance to Holcot ward he was ready to leave and determined that on discharge he would walk out of the hospital unaided....he did, just!
The after care available through the National health for younger stroke survivors soon comes to an end be it Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy. If Andy was going to have a chance of further improving the physical gains from his hospital rehabilitation, he would need to go down the private route especially for Physiotherapy. After much research and discussion, believe it or not Jon Graham Clinical director of PhysioFunction was located less than 5 miles from Andy's home.
His first appointment with PhysioFunction came a few days later.
John Graham says "When I first met Andy he was in physical pain with his affected arm such that he held it tightly against his chest, and had a severe foot drop – he was was unable to lift his foot up at the ankle. Initially,using hands-on specialist Neurological Physiotherapy we were able to resolve his shoulder and hand pain so that he could progress to using electrical stimulation to strengthen his weak arm muscles. A similar approach was used to help with his foot drop. Having trialled a wired FES device from Odstock medical, he went on to try the wireless Walkaide and Bioness."
"He found that the simplicity of the Walkaide met his needs for lifting his foot at the ankle --- but he is looking forward to strengthening his thigh muscles using the Bioness L300 plus. On the one year anniversary of his stroke, he was able to grasp and release with his right hand using the Saeboflex arm orthosis."
"Andy is putting as much effort into his Saeboflex training to regain functional use of his arm as he is riding his turbo trainer or going out on “white-knuckle” Tandem training rides."
"Andy is one of the most committed stroke survivors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is proof of the rehab “trinity” –hands-on Physiotherapy, Tailored Exercise programmes and innovative technology!"
Jon and Andy are raising funds for Different Strokes to help younger stroke survivors. They are leaving London on the 13th June on a tandem kindly loaned by Charlotte's tandems. They will complete the best part of 90 miles on the first day to get to Dover and catch a ferry to Calais. Over the next three days Andy and Jon will ride the route to Paris arriving on Saturday 16th no doubt victorious but with very sore derrieres!!!
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About Different Strokes
Stroke is the single largest cause of disability amongst adults in the UK. Each year around 157,000 people have a stroke and 25% of those are of working age or younger. Stroke is especially devastating for younger people: one day fit and well, the next moment disabled; often with a young family to care for and support; and relying on employment for income rather than a pension. They must come to terms with physical and emotional changes as well as significant lifestyle adjustments – mobility, job, income, dependence, relationships – everything changes. As services are generally designed for the majority of older stroke survivors, younger stroke survivors are the most disadvantaged within the stroke survivor community. They need immediate, relevant and practical information and advice, and specialised rehabilitation services to enable them to take control of their lives, optimise their recovery, regain as much independence as possible and play their full role in their communities with high self-esteem. Different Strokes is the only national organisation providing services designed especially for younger stroke survivors, including children.
Different Strokes enables younger stroke survivors rebuild their lives by providing:- The StrokeLine staffed by younger stroke survivors Access to exercise sessions, physiotherapy, gyms and swimming A survivor’s Information Pack full of practical, relevant facts The Newsletter giving the latest information on prevention and treatment Influence on government, health care professionals and employers Access to counselling services An interactive website Research into the social and economic effects of stroke Specialist advice on education, training and jobs Different Strokes will spend nearly £250,000 nationally this year but receives no money from the government or NHS. Your support is vital to enable younger stroke survivors rebuild their lives.
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