Tuesday, March 26, 2019

First Wheelchair Expedition

I got out on my first wheelchair expedition today.  It was only a few blocks over to our small local hospital to get my quarterly bloodwork done, but it was a big step toward more independence!

We've been having wonderful sunny days for late March, still chilly at 9.30, but not cold.  I bundled up, loaded with my paperwork and phone, and after plotting the safest route headed out.  Not all roads even have sidewalks, so I was driving on the quieter streets to get there.  The one block of sidewalk was the worst part, bumpy enough to throw the wheelchair off-course.

The 8 a.m. rush was over when I got there, so I was in and out in minutes.  Ride home wasn't quite as quick 'cause I kept running into neighbours and stopping to chat.  Mrs. F.G. even called to see what the delay was.  All in all a quick and easy trip that bodes well for more.

I think for Mrs. F.G. it was like her boy going off to school for the first day though, so I'm glad there were no glitches.  She was waiting outside to be sure I got home safely.  I did, so I fully expect to be headed off downtown for coffee by myself soon.

19 comments:

  1. Done and well done. My Dad always wanted to use the roads because the sidewalks were so rough, some sloped in driveways etc.
    Joy

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  2. That is so great. Good for you. - Margy

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  3. Yes, as the others have said, well done. That is a big step.

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  4. You're working hard at things so will gain some success and independence.

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  5. Mrs F.G. I can imagine what was going through your mind, a bit like me when Hugh went up to the shop on his mobility scooter. A few street crossings, and across to the other side on a pedestrian crossing. Now, after he has been so many times, I do not worry. Great trip F.G., and I wonder if you were at all trepidatious ( how's that for a word?) when you set off? I checked the spelling but it still came up as an error. With warmer weather soon, the trips might become a regular outing, and if there is a friendly coffee stop on the way,all the better.

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  6. Like they say, 'the first thousand mile solo journey begins with the turn of a wheel' and it sounds like you have the wheels rolling alright. A great sense of accomplishment for you and what a confidence builder as well. With summer coming up in a few months you may have to get an A/C unit installed for some of those longer mid day trips:))

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  7. So glad to hear it went so well. And I expect this spring and summer to hear of more excursions like this one. Yay! :-)

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  8. My heart wells.

    Life is all about those chance moments, sharing a conversation with a neighbor.

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  9. How charming that she was waiting and worried. I also think you are beginning to feel more independent!

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  10. Good for you. Yes I see more excursions in your future.

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  11. Happy Independence Day, Furry! I can only imagine the excursions you are planning as spring arrives. Wishing you safe passage and much joy.

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  12. Good for you, have some more independent adventures.

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  13. Way to go Stew!! As Jacqueline Donnelly said, Happy Independence Day!!

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  14. Hi Furry!
    Bravo👏🏻
    Cheers to many more downtown excursions...
    Linda :o)

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  15. It is good for you to have the independence. Good for you.

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  16. Coffee expedition alone sounds great!

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