I was on a bus trying to catch the 17:45 train to Dublin. I was sweating because the bus from the university was always late. Even the thought of me having to run up to the station from O’Connell street in Limerick made me feel exhausted.
The driver had the radio on and the whole bus was listening to live reports from New York. It sounded all very much like the 1938 Orson Welles’ famous ‘War of the Worlds‘ radio broadcast.
Luckily, I made it to the Dublin train on time. By the time it arrived in Heuston Station, it really seemed as if the end of the world was near.
There are days everybody remembers. You know what you were doing. The 9th of September 2001 is a universal one. Then, we all have our personal ones we’ll never ever forget.
Over the past few days, Pádraig has been doing some more exciting things. Stuff, you’d never had thought were possible or existed.
One of the things you’d never thought would be possible was me holding him from the back and two people on each of his sides moving his legs forward. By the time Pádraig had crossed the room ‘walking’ I was “fix und ferrite”, meaning I was sweating like a pig, my heart beat was at a level only known to sprinters, and my legs were shaking as if I had just finished climbing Croagh Patrick. But I was *so* proud. – It’s amazing what you can do with the right encouragement, support, and guidance.
The idea is the same as the one of the fish and the fishermen. It’s the story of teaching people how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat – if you want them to survive long term.
One thing we’d never thought existed is a whole new approach to Music Therapy. In Hamburg, Pádraig had two really nice music therapists with whom he got on very well. They sang songs with him, played music, connected.
Yesterday and today, Pádraig went into a whole new therapy room here in the Rehab Centre in Pforzheim which brings a whole new meaning to ‘music therapy’.
Have a look.
It’s what I’d call a disco, or what you’d probably call a ‘club’-type setup: lights and dance music, with deep, deep basses that go through your stomach and your whole body. Especially if the bass booster sits on your stomach, under your wheelchair or underneath a bean bag.
Pádraig’s reaction to it was great and surprising: he was absolutely relaxed and obviously completely and utterly enjoyed the ‘noise’!
To enhance the experience, there is a several kilo heavy special blanket we placed on top of Pádraig. He looked even more relaxed.
In a way its simple. What an experience: great music, literally going through your stomach, stimulating senses, provoking reactions, kick-starting action.
Just another example of a really unconventional approach to therapy. But isn’t it amazing?
Von wegen: fix und fertig. This is not the end. This is all just the beginning. Watch him!