My wife saw a report on TV about the Locomat, a robotic gait trainer that was being used at The Rehab Institute of Chicago. We called and set an appointment to go to Chicago for an evaluation.
We decided to go up the day before the appointment so Ashleigh could rest from the drive. next day we went to the appointment and were told the doctor we had been working through had been called out of town for a family emergency. Luckily, they had another doctor do the eval but he did not know any of the groundwork we had laid to try to get Ashleigh accepted.I think he was pretty reluctant, but Dr. Phillip agreed to bring Ashleigh in for two weeks to see how it goes. The only problem was that there was not going to be an empty bed until about three days later. We decided it would be easier on Ashleigh to spend the weekend rather than drive back and forth twice. And as things always go, we were doing the sightseeing thing o the Miracle Mile when Ashleigh’s wheelchair broke and would now only go in circles when using the power drive on her wheelchair.
The rehab was great. They really took care of Ashleigh and the facilities and equipment are fantastic. We ended up staying for six weeks until our insurance coverage ran out. The staff in the Tech Center wanted to keep her even longer.
The Tech Center worked with Ashleigh daily to get her access to a communication system with the computer. They decided on the CyberLink headband for the input device with Boardmaker software.