There was a car show here last night, featuring about a dozen vehicles adapted to carry a wheelchair. It is amazing how technology has brought us to this point. Side-entry, rear-entry, and various cranes that reach out and lift your chair into the vehicle. We're buying a simple side-entry van I can drive into, and be locked in place. A big step toward getting out and exploring once we get home.
My next-to-final wheelchair has arrived, and it's a great chariot! This chair, unlike the loaner I've been using, has a battery that lasts - two or three days so far. It also goes FAST! This chair has four gears and I haven't gone above 2nd gear yet, which is a good deal faster than a person can walk. It's also comfortable, which is pretty important when you spend your entire day in it.
I've explored further down the hospital hallways than I dared before. I was taken out across the big parking lots, across a busy four-lane road to a restaurant, and back again. I left my chaperone in the dust. I've been out in the gardens practicing riding on grass, up and down slopes. It worked fine in all cases. And it's fun to drive.
The one glitch is that this chair does not have the vertical-rising feature we had ordered, so we're going to have to come back to pick the final chair up in 5-10 weeks. I was not impressed, but we're living with it. In the meantime I'm certainly enjoying this one.
One week and counting.