Conor Update III
Conor’s progress February 2019
It has now been seven months since Conor’s injury and he is looking forward to his imminent discharge from Princess Alexandra Spinal Unit.
Conor has returned to Grade 12 at Terrace and this year his challenge will be to manage the dual priorities of Grade 12 schoolwork and maximising his physical recovery through regular physio, OT and exercise physiology.
Conor cannot walk independently, but he can walk with a walker for distances up to 50 metres.
He has begun using crutches but needs a therapist close by as his balance is poor.
His fine motor skills (e.g., doing up buttons / shoelaces, writing and using a keyboard) remain very challenging for him, but with persistence, he is becoming more proficient. He still requires help with getting ready in the mornings.
In the face of this, Conor remains as up-beat and patient as could reasonably be expected.
His mates continue to play a critical role in this area, instinctively providing a great balance of acceptance and normality. He has recently begun weekly wheelchair rugby, and is having fun, but not enjoying being the worst on the team.