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Amy pushed the pedals

September 1, 2017

I received a surprising email from Amy's mum.

"Amy's walking has been remarkably improved since she tried COGY"

Really? Then I saw her again, with COGY.

(Amy has a neurological condition <Rett syndrome> and is usually on a wheelchair pushed by a carer. She sometimes do walking exercise using a walking frame.)


This time, we tried pedalling on a slope, which is just not steep enough so that COGY keeps its position when not pedalled. For the first 2-3 times of going down the slope, I was not sure how much Amy get the feeling of pedalling. Then we took a short break and started again. 


Amy had sun glasses on, but we went into shade, then I took them off her so that I can see her expression better.

"Let's go! push this foot!"

What I saw is Amy holding her breath and trying to use her maximum strength. Her eyes were wide open, nose puffed up, mouth tightly shut, face even becoming red. Just as same as a weight lifter on the moment.


Then COGY moved!, with her pedalling! 


I wonder what else Amy can do using her own intension. She moves her hands and pat books etc. Other than that, pedalling must be a huge achievement in her life, acting towards the external environment.




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