I have incredible news to share with you!
As you probably know, I’m still regaining my strength after my extended hospitalization. It generally takes me a few days to recover for each day in the ICU. I’m told this is typical for spinal cord injured people.
I dreaded how long it would take to recover from a 114 day stay in the horrifying ICU.
Surprisingly, although I am a rightie, and I had always been stronger in that arm, I returned from the hospital with more strength in my left arm!
It was therefore determined by my physiotherapists that I should drive my power chair with my left hand.
So the wheelchair wizards outfitted my power chair with a new driving switch for my left hand! They also completely removed my right hand rest, upon which sat my prior driving gear.
Incidentally, I now happily became more accessible to my young children on my right side!! Now, my youngest son revels in climbing up on my lap without assistance!
My goal was to drive/dance at a good friend’s wedding in late June! My physiotherapists said to go for it! But it would take extreme effort and patience to strengthen my left arm enough to meet my goal. I replied that I was no stranger to effort and patience!!
As two weeks passed with intensive strengthening exercises, which I did every hour, I sadly didn’t seem to progress.
In fact, my physiotherapists told me I might have to resort to head controls to drive.
Today the wheelchair wizard returned to provide power to the joystick!!
My physiotherapists were present as well to assist.
The results were beyond belief! My physiotherapist upon marveling at the results, said that I performed 70 % better than they anticipated!
I was on the road again! I was actually driving on my own!!! I felt so free! I felt so independent!!!
I derive great pleasure in sharing with you video footage of me driving on the road!