On the mend

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.

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PIC: Back to the L-plates for Royce!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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PIC: Royce with Andy Fenton at the Mhelliah fundraiser event recently

6 thoughts on “On the mend

  1. Great to see you are getting better Royce.
    Is the conspiracy theory true that Hurricane Ophelia was just a cover-story for the aftermath of a particularly spicy vindaloo served to you at the Joey Dunlop House?

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  2. Hi Royce & Debbie, your making it sound like a fun place to be which I’m sure it’s not quite so. Good to hear that your boundaries are being pushed back & your mending Royce.
    Let’s hope you keep improving at a good clip & you both get home soon enough. Glad your still here RR 👍

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  3. Such a long haul Royce, but good to know that your journey home is now much closer. Keep up the hard work. Lots of love to you and Deb, thinking of you both,
    Nan T xxxx

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  4. Very pleased to hear you are progressing steadily. Hope you are in the hands of a band of encouraging Physios who can make life tolerable and even lighthearted at times! If you get to travel back to Adelaide in November, you might have to make a guest appearance and see us all before Xmas.
    That will test the disabled access!!!! Marilyn Pitt

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