This afternoon at physio I managed my first slide-board transfer - a huge milestone for me! And I managed it mostly on my own. This opens more doors than anything else will, like travel for example. I didn't think I'd get this far for another 2-3 months.
A slide-board is simply a slick piece of plywood about 10" x 2 feet. With a wheelchair set at right angles to another chair or a bed for example, the board gets stuck under your butt at a 45° angle leading to the other chair. Then, without falling over forwards or backwards, you hitch yourself sideways using all that strength in your arms. I managed this almost by myself today, and it was a lot easier than I expected.
After 5 months in the hospital last July, I could hardly lift my arms, let alone lift anything with my arms. Now, 6 months later, I'm able to shuffle my body sideways using those arms, moving over 100 lbs. of deadweight in those paralyzed legs and trunk.
Three cheers for myself!