Hi there everyone,
Apologies for the delay in the update, but for a while there, Matthew’s progress stalled a little as January was spent recovering from surgery after a few setbacks with Matthew’s right leg, so he needed a bit more rest than anticipated. Asking Matthew to stay still for a prolonged period of time is a challenge, but made easier by a great season of cricket and lots of reading with the boys and Emily, as well as visits from family and friends.
Eventually, though, Matthew was able to progress with weights on his abutments (pins in his legs) to the point where he was able to stand on his own, which was pretty exciting.
So that was a highlight.
Others included being inducted as a Rotarian, and meeting an amazing group of people from the Horizon Foundation, an organisation that works with people with disabilities, with whom he shared his story and experiences.
Another highlight was getting the chance to meet Canadian Chris Koch, a truly amazing man who is travelling through Australia and happened to meet up with Matthew’s physio Jacqui by chance. Jacqui arranged a meeting with Matthew, and Chris took time to catch up while in Brisbane. He shared lots of insights about living with short limbs, and was extremely generous with his time, spirit, and knowledge. It was a highlight for Matthew, Diane, Jacqui, and Dad, who were all on-hand to meet him.
Here are some videos of Chris’ adventures. There’s something special about people who are so positive:
Matthew has a few more weeks of rehabilitation on his legs, and then it’s off to Melbourne again for the operations on his arms. In the meantime, he’s training with microprocessors to see if he can ‘drive’ bionic arms. We’ll keep you posted, as exciting times lie ahead!