On Thursday it was time for this review, which starts at 12:30, which is a considerate time for someone with his type of injury though he has 2 hour travel time which means leaving at 10am allowing for traffic but this means Andy starting his personal care at 7am ish. I do feel a bit bad because I can kinda swan around if I wanted though I didn't have the luxury of this as there were issues with the kitchen that I needed to sort out as well as the school run and washing to hang out. In fact I ended up leaving later than I wanted too and I didn't have to go through what Andy does!!
Andy arrived on time in London and started off with a medical chat with his consultant's registrar and the liaison nurse, essentially its like an MOT but for humans!
Then a visit with the psychologist, physiotherapist and occupational therapist. Then another quick stop with the liaison nurse and reintegration manager before finishing at 4pm and then phoning for transport to come pick Andy up.
Transport arrived at 16:10pm, impressed and relieved for Andy. Andy didn't get home until 19:15 and promptly went to bed, chiefly to get out of the wheelchair.
One of the best things to come out the review is being able to ask for a ring-fenced bed for Andy again for him to focus on some goals. This would include ensuring his orthotic brace fits properly once it's been re-cast, potentially looking at whether Andy can swallow liquids safely ( in conjunction with our local hospital doing a videofluoroscopy & FEES and giving it to London SALT to study) and training staff to support Andy to use a hydro pool - our friends have a hydrotherapy pool that is for medical purposes for their children and it's set up to enable Andy to be able to use it too, which is something our friends are keen to see happen.
Whenever we go up to London for appointments I always feel safe there, it's somewhere where I know that they have Andy's best interests at heart, it's where I know that we can ask to try things and nobody will say a flat-out 'no' but would see how we could try it out whilst keeping Andy safe. I'm forever grateful for Stanmore and for what they have done for Andy and In turn what they have done for our family.