I now have the use of an older electric wheelchair so tthat I can practice driving before we head home. It's not as easy as you might think.
It takes a little bit of fuss to get it fitted to me. I don't think we got it quite right this morning, because it's quite uncomfortable at the end of the day. Just about everything on this chair is adjustable. But there's no tray across the front, so I've had to adjust to eating off the little hospital table which I had been using to store things on.
There are two other disadvantages. It only has a tiny and flimsy little pouch for storage, barely big enough for my cellphone. And the battery only lasts about two hours, although that's probably just the older battery in this particular chair. And you can't read the tiny little control screen if you're outdoors.
Oh, but the independence! After my therapy sessions were done, this afternoon I headed out all by myself. Stopping in the cafeteria, I picked up a Tim's coffee and straight oudoors. I explored most of the gardens, but spent a good while sitting by the butterfly garden watching for things to photograph. Nothing new today, but I got pictures of some of the veggies.
I'm finding it is easy to drive, especially down the straighter paths, but it's tricky in small spaces like elevators. It's almost impossible to position yourself to be able to press the buttons - so I now have an elevator wand to use. I'm very pleased to finally reach this stage!