LARRY PARKER – JOURNEY BACK HOME
Larry parker suffered a huge right sided stroke over 2.5 years ago which resulted in left side hemiplegia. After a strong stint in hospital rehabilitation with some recovery, Larry still had a lot of goals he wanted to achieve from rehab. He found the ARC team in November 2014 who have come a long way in achieving his goals and still working together to reach further goals.
When he first started with us Larry had limited movement and strength in his Left leg and almost zero function in his Left arm. He had not returned home and was mobilizing with a quad stick for short distances. Larry initially enrolled in our specialised intensive stroke rehab program for 2 weeks. His first big mile stone was learning how to climb 30 stairs so he could finally return to his unit with his wife. This took a lot of hard work and dedication on his behalf but he made it.
His latest milestone took a lot of courage and commitment from Larry and the team of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists at ARC. He managed to walk from his unit all the way down to Drummoyne wharf and from his unit down his extremely steep driveway and 20 steps to his pool.
When I first met Noel in October 2015 he had a pile of papers from various allied health professionals comprising of over 30 different exercises. Noel was expected to do as many of these exercises in a day as he could. Noel had some understanding about these exercises but ultimately didn’t know which ones were most effective for his Parkinson’s and what the reasons behind them were.
After a number of discussions with Noel and his wife, Pat, I learned his primary goals were to go for regular walks outside and to be strong and powerful enough that in the event of a fall, Noel was able to get up off the floor.
Noel and I increased our original program from one session per week to two sessions and practiced outdoor walks to the end of the street and back until he was confident enough to do it with his wife. Those 30+ exercises have been replaced with 5 PD Warrior, Parkinson’s specific exercises. Noel completes these exercises on most days of the week within his home exercise program.
Noel has committed to the new exercise regime with great enthusiasm and is a shining example that neuro-active and Parkinson’s specific exercise, such as PD Warrior, can be continued well after initial diagnosis.
As a result of his commitment to his program, Noel is much stronger and his balance has made steady improvements too. Noel also has a better understanding of his exercises and how they can help him without wasting time in his day to do the things he enjoys. Noel is also confident enough to go for walks with his wife 2 to 3 times per week.
You have made so much progress and achieving all of your goals are well and truly in sight. Keep up the good work Noel!!!
He has regained significant strength and function in his left leg but still has a fair way to go. Together with Larry and the support of the ARC team we aim to achieve even bigger and better things!