Feeling Lifted!

Feeling-Lifted-1_320.jpgJust to let you know that in addition to the bed rail, the raised loo seat, the grab rails and the bath lift, we now have a full-on hoist thingy to help get me in and out of chairs/bed/sofa!!

We are being accessorised to the nines here!

Equipment was taking over the house, and I'm not sure whose shouting was the loudest, Neil's or Oscar's.

Baby equipment was welcome, unlike the depressing bits of mobility gear that kept arriving for Neil. Both lots of equipment designed for physical progression, but sadly, in opposite directions.


These pictures were taken the same day Neil wrote ‘Feeling Lifted!’. I refer back to this day in a later post, as it stands out as one of the days where Oscar and Neil began to pass each other by. 

You can see Neil and his brother, Matt, trying to work out how to use the hoist, determined not to wait until the next day's demonstration appointment. Oscar is in the playpen right next to them and with the same impatient determination, he pulled himself up to standing for the first time, which is why I had the camera out. You can tell from the photos what an emotional and physical struggle the hoist was for Neil but I love that you can see how much Oscar's new trick brightened his mood. This is the only picture I have of them standing up together. – Louise (2013)


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commented 2013-04-11 15:39:36 +0100
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Rickster Stefanski
July 24, 2008 at 10:50 am
Dearest Neil
It was great speaking with you this morning, sorry I missed your birthday me old mate, we shall celebrate with a few jars when I see you in a few weeks.
Mate I so wish I lived a little closer so I could catch up with you, and the family, I often think about our miss spent youth when we worked in Chelsea, oh what fun be had, wouldn’t have changed those days for anything.
I do remember a time after drinking to much on a Friday night, where I ended up back at yours, later that evening I found you passed out in the bath, fully clothed. It was my job then to hoist you out of the bath, some things never change hey….
Love you mate, love to the family, see you soon. Rx

July 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm
You can’t forget the very lifting aspect of your meditation cd… A few listens of that and you’ll have left the building without having left your chair
Your blog is great xxx

rick nicholls
July 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Hey peeps, you forgot to mention the slippy transfer boards to get you in and out of the car, the car which is also a special bit of kit – your pants stay on when I throw you into it. Glad to hear the hoist has arrived though, Louise you watch your back mate!

Ribs are fixed(ish) so will be riding on Sunday, I have emailed my sponsorship page to Louise, show us the colour of your Yorkshire cash.

Big love, Cash&Scoob xxx

July 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Hi mate,

Fab blog. Will be watching.

Hope to see youn soon again. Yer Birthday wuz great, especially a certain father’s nappy duty that day.


The Kays
July 29, 2008 at 9:21 pm
I wish I had a go at that hoisting machine! It was great seeing you all this weekend! I sent photos separately. Kisses, kisses to our Chuck Norris!

August 25, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Good post. Your posts are really interesting. To have a good resource you should not only to add something, but do it from the heart. You do your best.
commented 2013-03-01 16:42:54 +0000
Dear Louise, your reflections are as touching and inspiring as the original posts were, to those of us still on this awful journey. Well done girl. x
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