16 March 2014
March 2014 Update
I was reminded recently, via an internet social networking site, of just how far Howard Wicks has come since October 2011. On an album it put together for me, it highlighted 3 of my own status’ since Howard’s stroke.
“Howard Wicks managed to cough his new trachy clean out yesterday!!! He is breathing for himself now as they didn’t bother to put it back in!!! You’re a star man Mr Wicks xx”
“Excited!!! As Howard Wicks plan moves him closer to home – mid September rehab unit Plymouth woohoo xx”
“Howard Wicks is due to leave RNHRD Bath next Tuesday to move to WP House Plymouth!! Yay!!! Fingers crossed it actually happens this time xx”
And then photographs when Howard was presented with his adapted vehicle bought with the money raised by the local community.
Here we are in March 2014. Howard has now turned 19, and against all the odds and expectations of medical professionals, is eating orally again, sitting up on a bench unsupported for 40 minutes plus, manoeuvring his wheelchair independently. He has made amazing progress with his sheer determination, hard work and spurred on by friends and family and the further support he receives from the Howard Wicks Trust, who are purchasing him his own FES bike to enable him to progress his body strength even further.
Howard has been fortunate enough that members of the trust are going to buy him a property situated in Kingsbridge so he can rent it for himself! This is fantastic news and beyond all our wildest dreams. This means that Howard will be recruiting for an especially handpicked team of people to support him to live independently in his own home, using his Individual Service Fund, thus relieving him of the unhappiness of living within Institutional settings and letting him develop within his local community. He will be supported in doing this by “Beyond Limits” a company based in Plymouth.
It is easy to forget just how far we have come because of the constant hunger for the “next bit”. So, I thought you would all be pleased to share this potted progress report and join us in welcoming Howard back to his home town.
Written by Jo Sly (Howard’s Mum)