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Jul 4

Frankenboy

Posted on Sunday, July 4, 2010 in Family

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This rather complicated picture is of Laughingboy in his new stander, on loan to us during the school holidays. It arrived with a fanfare and took several grown men to manoeuvre into the house, coming to rest in the sacred junk spot in his room. I had moved the sacred junk into a parallel dimension the evening before, which was lucky.

With more straps than a Jimmy Choo and more velcro than a truck load of nappies, the stander needed a demonstration which was provided by Laughingboy’s physiotherapist shortly after its arrival. As she and I battled with limbs and folds and hoists and elbows and gaiters, The Accidental Terrorist walked into the room.

“Jesus.” he said. “Frankenstein’s monster’s after moving in!”

Laughingboy’s physiotherapist raised her left eyebrow subtly, and began to turn the winch that moves the table into its upright position from flat.

“It’s alliiiiive!!!!” shouted TAT, as Laughingboy flapped in delight at the shift in gravity.

Laughingboy’s physio scowled. Was she scowling at the inappropriate joke? Was she concerned over Laughingboy’s potentially hurt feelings? Maybe it was a scowl of jealousy because she has been itching to crack the same joke for the last five years of working with these standers but couldn’t.

All I know is that Laughingboy is going to have thebest Halloween costume ever this year. Now where did I leave that Hannibal the Cannibal face mask?

Bring on the comments

  1. Jo says:

    Oh God, Kate, I don’t quite know what to say to that one! Hee! Love the scowling physio :)

    Oh, and could I rent storage space in your parallel dimension?

  2. What a gadget – I especially love the boots!
    I can’t get over how fast he’s growing too.

    Good luck finding the mask before Halloween gets here: when you lose your sense of humour, it’s all over then.

  3. K8 says:

    Aw Jo the stuff I have in there is developing its own gravitational pull… I’m not sure how much more she can hold!

    Susan- those are gaiters, an amazing length of scaffolded cloth that wraps around his legs to stop his knees buckling. There’s a lot of velcro involved. A LOT of velcro. I can’t stress the velcro enough.

  4. Baino says:

    Haha . . if you didn’t laugh you’d cry. My he’s getting tall! Bless his cotton socks, must be nice to be upright for a while.

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  6. K8 says:

    He’s really stretched, it’s unbelievable how fast that’s happened! The stander is the bee’s knees, great for his leg development. He always looks so proud of himself up there :)

  7. Kirk M says:

    He looks just grand! And such a good looking lad as well. Must get it from his mother’s side of the family. ;-)

  8. Holemaster says:

    You’re a stick amongst twigs.

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