Patients and staff of the Spinal Injuries Unit brought the vibe of the paralympics to the patients with a full scale afternoon of competitive fun.
Enrolled nurse 'in charge of fun', Marissa Sidiros put the paralympic event together as part of Wednesday fun-day initiative which was born out of COVID-19 visitor restrictions and a means of helping everyone relax from the grind of hospital life. The paralympics certainly contributed to inspiration.
"We made the events inclusive for all levels of spinal cord injury with special straps, velcro gloves, handles, and ramps for the varying levels of dexterity so that everyone could contribute to the team totals.
"Events included table tennis, hacky sack, bowling, egg and spoon races to test arm and hand dexterity as well as wheelchair skills.
"Physios, OT's, consultants, nurses and social workers all got into a wheelchair to test their skills," said Marissa who blatantly cheated in the wheelchair egg and spoon race. "Turns out it's very hard and I couldn't do it!"
Every day SIU patients are participating in therapy activities to increase physical skills and independence so the event was a great opportunity to come together under the premise of competition to support each other - disabilty or not.
"The result was organised chaos where everyone had so much fun," Marissa said.
Upcoming Wednesday fun-day initiatives will include halloween, the melbourne cup races, and plenty of christmas festivities.