CAREN stands for Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environments. I am so privileged to be spending a few weeks at the Ottawa General Hospital in the Rehabilitation wing. I have been working out each morning and each afternoon. CAREN is a walking simulator which was funded by the military to give soldiers injured from the conflicts in the middle east a great tool to enhance their balance and walking abilities. I get hooked up with a cable so that I can’t fall and then various activities are put in front of me on this huge 180 degree video screen. I’m standing on dual tread mill belts. It can measure the weight I placed on each foot and tell the sideways angle that I am on. In one exercise I’m not moving my feet and I have to move a ball through a maze being penalized for any edges I hit. I move the ball by shifting my weight forwards backwards and sideways. I’m timed and its exhausting as I’m not hanging on to anything and supported my entire weight. I play 🙂 other activities such as moving a boat through several pylons which this time I have to step and shift my weight to turn the boat quicker. Then the last one I do is to walk down a simple path with the treadmill on until they throw a stretch of rocks at me trying to throw me off balance. There’s a young lady operating this entire simulator and my physio therapist stands guard watching me and giving me pointers. My stay so far has been amazing and I don’t have any issue falling asleep at night. Stay tuned for next weeks progress. Marijo and I will be traveling to Ottawa on Monday December 10th to give a speech to the Office of the Auditor General. I will be nervous but it will be exciting to be public speaking again.