Thank you again to those who continue to write in. Your comments are encouraging and a reminder that Mike is being prayed for and thought of often.
Mike has his own wheelchair! Though its arrival was much anticipated, Mike had gotten used to his loaner chair and had to adjust to a “new” chair all over again. This chair has two sets of wheels. One set has a smoother tread and is great for smooth surfaces and the other wheels are more like bicycle tires and great for outdoors. Imagine my surprise the other day when Mike changed his wheels while still in his wheelchair! He held on to the couch and balanced the wheelchair while changing the wheel…takes guts and a good sense of balance!
Next on the agenda is taking his driver’s test. Somehow we thought this was going to be a quick and easy process but the delays continue. Sometime next week, Mike hopes to test drive an Uplander. Because Mike will also have a power chair, the vehicle will have to have a ramp so he can wheel into the vehicle. He will lock his wheelchair in and then transfer to a swivel driver’s seat. One observation – I’ve mentioned before that we now pay much more attention to wheelchair parking! When you have a vehicle that has a side ramp, you need at least 10 feet beside your vehicle. Most handicapped parking stalls are not wide enough and if someone parks too close to your vehicle, you are stuck waiting for that person to leave before you can get into your van!
We have been trying to speed up Mike’s morning routine. Some things can’t be rushed but others will get easier over time. Once we get possession of the new house, we will be renovating his bathroom. We plan to put in a wheel-in shower so that he will not have to transfer to a tub bench. It will be a “major” reno but worth it!
Things are settling into a comfortable routine. Though the days are relatively quiet, most evenings and weekends are spent getting Matthew’s house ready for the market and once we get possession of the new house, we will be madly getting that house ready for Mike. I’m starting to wonder if there is life beyond house renovations!!