So, guess what I did.
Go on guess.
It was supposed to happen Monday but it ended up happening Tuesday. The OT came over, asking to bring along a student, and talked to me about my power wheelchair. The 'vendor' showed up with the machine about 20 minutes late.
It was love at first sight.
It's a beautiful machine and after getting a bit of an explanation about how to work it, I got in. They fussed around with the arms and the wheels and measuring the back. Finally, after what seemed hours, I got to drive it. The thing turns on a dime and then I was out through the door and down the hallway. I got on the elevator, rode it down and got out. All without crashing into anything. Then I was outside heading down the walkway, weaving around the construction barriers.
I turned back reluctantly and headed back to the building. I felt my life change at that moment. I knew that I was, once again, going to have independant access of my local community. I knew that, once again, I'd be free to travel alone. I am desperate to go on my first shopping trip to buy Joe and present - without him having any idea about where I've been or what I might have purchased.
It was hard to say goodbye to this model but I placed an order for one and it will be here when I get back. I still have to go through more assessment so I can get some funding, I still have to work thorough wacks of paperwork, but I will have this thing.
But first things first.
I'm off for a month long lecture tour of the UK.
I'll be seeing old friends.
I'll be meeting new.
The travel is daunting. The work is exciting.
The perfect way to kill time while waiting for ...
well here's where you come in ..
my gps is named Ted.
What should I name my powerchair?
(Next post from the UK.)
If I wrote a new post it would be Dave Lost Power. I just discovered I left my power cord for my computer in the last hotel. I'm going to need to get one in England. I'm begging my UK readers to tell me what store I would go to to find a power cord (right from plug in to computer - mine has two pieces and I don't know what they are individually called). My laptop is a compaq presario V6000 which I understand from a search on google is fairly common in the UK so I'm hopeful about finding a cord. Please if you know the name of a store that sells computer accessories and parts, let me know. Ever in your debt.