Slowly but surely, Royce’s situation is beginning to improve thanks to a dedicated exercise regime and plenty of rest. He begins the first round of intense physio this week, hopefully providing rapid improvement.
Now well and truly settled in the Joey Dunlop Foundation House, Royce and his Mum, Debbie are keeping busy with visits to the physio, chemist and the occasional catch-up with friends when the weather permits. Royce’s new wheelchair is working a treat, allowing him easier access to slide in and out of bed, then back into the chair, plus the opportunity to wheel himself outside in the sun.
PIC: Back to the L-plates for Royce!
To aid the healing process, Royce has also begun treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. Although there’s no scientific evidence of results, many top TT riders swear by the treatment which supposedly enhances the body’s natural healing process. The walk-in chamber increases atmospheric pressure, making it seem as though you’re metres under water.
PIC: Just like Back to the Future, Royce keeps trying to dial the exact coordinates into the hyperbaric chamber to return him one minute before the crash… no luck yet!
When quizzed on the latest injury updates, Royce said, “My left leg is bending well, now hitting 110 degrees, which is as far as the brace allows. The right leg is very close to hitting 90, which would be amazing.
“My wrist is doing great. I’m starting to do some light weight-bearing, with mobility coming along nicely.
“After seeing a doctor and having more X-rays completed, it turns out the femur was such a big break that it’s still a few weeks away from starting to weight-bear. The left tibia however is ready for partial weight-bear, which will hopefully get myself and mum on-board a flight in November.”
In other news, the Isle of Man was rocked by Hurricane Ophelia. It tore trees down and ripped roofs off buildings. All flights and ferries were cancelled, while Royce attempted to use the breeze to propel his wheelchair down the driveway. He and Debbie also attended the ‘Mhelliah’, a fundraiser auction held by the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club in aid of the Manx Grand Prix rescue helicopters, injured riders and their families. Royce bought some clothes, wine and a naughty calendar.
PIC: Royce with Andy Fenton at the Mhelliah fundraiser event recently