When we moved into this house, we bought a table somewhere in a market in the liberties. It was out of the kitchen of a convent. Real wood. But painted. White.

I took it out into the garden and started to take off the paint. With a hot torch blower. With white spirit. With special paint remover. Nothing worked. It was painfully slow. Over many days. Just before I was going to give up I tried water and soap. And guess what. It worked. Where all the high-tech, dangerous, flammable, expensive attempts had failed. Soapy water did the trick.

Somehow this long forgotten tale came up today when driving back home from the NRH.

It shows that simple things work best at times. That you don’t need to spend tons of money to get the results you’re looking for. In fact, very often so much money is just wasted. For all sorts of reasons.

Like the the very high cost of a hospital bed when people could be at home, given the right support at a fraction of the price.

Today, Pádraig used for the first time an Erigo. This is a tilt table with a ‘walking action’, a kind of pre-Lokomat device for early neuro-rehabiliation. It was great to see Pádraig (almost) standing again. It’s so important for dozens of reasons for him to keep moving and get onto his feet again.

Also, for the very first time, Pádraig not solo lifted his left and then the right arm up when requested. He also, when asked, lifted one hand over and towards the other hand. He supported one hand with the other and held the two hands folded together over his chest. We knew that Pádraig can do this stuff. But it’s nice for the therapists here to actually see it! A simple exercise.