The house – Neil has been spending every spare moment at the house trying to get things ready for the elevator installation. Framing the shaft is complicated by the fact that vacuum pipes, water lines and electrical wires need to be moved. Though it seems like a long, arduous process, we heard the other day of a man who has been waiting a year to modify his house for his elevator installation! A few months seems high-speed in comparison! Ideally we would be able to work on the renovations full time but somehow Neil’s full time job keeps getting in the way! These are good days to “go with the flow”…
The rowing machine – Mike’s assessment went well. We assumed that he would be doing the actual assessment on the rowing machine but all they did was attach the electrodes to his legs to see how much movement they could get. Apparently you work your way slowly up to the using the machine. They seemed positive about getting Mike into the program but we haven’t heard any more details since then.
The power chair – right now Mike is trialing a power chair here at the apartment. A couple of chairs were brought to our house and Mike narrowed the search to one which was brought here to try downtown and at the university. Once the chair is ordered, we will sit down to talk about vehicles. Though Mike’s primary chair will be his manual chair, having a power chair will be a necessary back up, especially for school. One down side is transporting it. A manual chair can be taken apart and put into most vehicles. A power chair cannot be taken apart, therefore, the need for a vehicle becomes critical.
School – Mike has decided to wait until September to take more classes at the university. A number of factors have influenced his decision i.e. no vehicle, he is learning how to maneuver in snow, we don’t know when we’ll actually be moved into the house, etc. It’s one thing to get to classes on time but there will be note taking, assignments, research, etc. and Mike faces a new and often slower way of doing things. Most people with his type of injury will take a year for “transitions”. By September, some of this will be old hat!
Other than these highlights, we keep pluggin’ along! Mike continues to charm others with his smile and generous nature. Now if only he was better at cleaning up the kitchen….