Something I haven't told you about.
Several weeks ago, a few months maybe, one of the footrests on my manual chair broke. We thought that we might be able to get it fixed but the weld simply didn't hold. We tried to order one and found the process wildly difficult and the replacements incredibly expensive. I think it went on so long only because it went on so long. I mean when you deal with something on a day to day basis a lot of days can pass by without much notice.
When Joe and I were coming home through Buffalo we saw, off to the side of the road, a place that sold wheelchairs. On a spur of the moment decision we pulled off and Joe went in. I watched him as he walked through the store carrying the one good remaining footrest with him. A few moments later he was back in the car with a replacement. We both marvelled at how quickly and easily it was done. We were further shocked by the fact that the replacement piece was considerably cheaper than we'd expected to pay.
But, man, it's hard getting back into using the chair the way I used to use it. I found that with only support for one leg I could not push the chair any distance. Holding one leg up while pushing was just way too difficult. So, of course, I ended up getting pushed more and more often. I could do short bursts of distance but that's pretty much it.
Now, I'm able to push myself again but I've lost a lot of strength in my arms. I am now working on the motivation to NOT be pushed because I want to build up my stamina and my distance in the chair again. I used to be able to go long distances and up small inclines. No more. But my goal is to get back what I've lost.
I am a determined man.
At least I think I am.
But for some reason I'm finding it hard to get all excited about building up the endurance and capability again.
I figure if I state here, publicly, that my goal is to be back at full strength at the end of next month, then I might more likely do it.
So, yes, I'm using you.
Feel free to hold me accountable next month on the 31st.