Change of Life.
That dreadful phrase that describes the phase in life for the fairer gender when things don?t seem so nice anymore. When hormones really start moaning, womenfolk don’t feel pretty anymore, not loved anymore and life is just not good to them anymore. What a change!
Then there is Change of Life for a hemiplegic. This change predominantly brought about by the advent of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), of which the advantages were long overdue.
I was left a hemiplegic after sustaining damage to my spinal cord at C4/C5 level in a motor vehicle accident in 1988. From the outset, after months in rehab, I managed to walk with a bad limp. The main problem was the lack of dorsiflexion stimulus on my left foot causing my toes to drag on the floor, forcing me to develop a compensating maneuver to prevent myself from tripping. This compensating action however caused my ankle to rotate inwards leaving me putting a lot of pressure on the outside of my foot. The pain and agony of managing the chronic calluses that developed on the pressure point caused by my acquired walking pattern is hard to describe. Further on there was no guarantee that I would not trip and fall. I still had views of objects around me from all angles imaginable.
It took 20 years for a solution to change my life. Change came in the form of the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS). This FES based device has become an irremovable part of my life and I simply do not leave home without it. The bulge in my pocket (the device has a belt clip built into it, but I prefer to keep it in my trouser pocket), the subtle remote wiring requirement and the application of the gel type stimulation pads is no effort nor nuisance compared to the pleasure it brings in terms of:-
- Much improved mobility
- No tripping
- No more calluses
- Confidence to go out there and put a better foot forward
I have been using the unit for close on 2 years now and I am hooked. Everyone who’s clinical condition leans towards being a potential ODFS candidate should at least try the solution. The personnel from Proffessa Health Services have proven to be extremely competent in the application of this technology as well as the ongoing support of their customers. Well done Deon !!!