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Wheelchair Bound
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been so busy the past few weeks I haven't had time to correspond.  We went up north for the week before the fourth.  We left July 1 and didn't come home until Sunday afternoon.  We had a blast.  tongue tongue The weather was beautiful with highs in the low eighties, and no rain.   My husband and I used to always go camping in a tent around the fourth with the kids for many years.  We still went this year, but we rented one of the small cabins that the resort where we have gone has to rent.  I gotta admit, a solid floor is easy to get around on while camping then trying to manuver a wheelchair in a tent that is set up on the grass.  We were there six days, my husband and I.  My son, daughter and son inlaw surprised us yeah late Thursday evening by showing for the weekend.  My husband knew this and had reserved a spot for their tents somewhat near  our cabin. We rented a pontoon boat and did some fishing like always, and yes I caught some fish as well. yeah   Saturday and Sunday were very warm, near ninety and we all went swimming off the pontoon boat.  I can swim pretty well with just my arms. I do wear a life jacket just for safety.  I don't really need it all that much.  It does help though since I can't tread water with my legs like people with legs do.  I just float on my back instead or let the jacket hold me up. It is quite a bit harder getting out of the lake and back onto the pontoon boat now without my legs.  It was a breeze before.  Now I have to lift my self up and quickly roll over onto the deck.  It's really not that hard after you have done it a few times.  I even managed not to get sunburned.  My health continues to be good.  tongue My sugar levels are right where my doctor wants them.  That medication he has me on works quite well. I still see OK, which is a blessing. My  eye doctor wants to see me again in late August.  He thinks that if I have this laser  procedure it will maybe improve my eyesight abit so I'm not considered legally blind as I am now. He said even if it doesn't improve my eyesight it will stablize them for a while at least.   Even though they consider me legally blind mad , I still can see well enough to use my computer and read some if The print is large enough.  He says I'll never see well enough to drive a car again.  That's fine with me as long as I can see well enough to read a little when I want to, use my computer and get around to do the things I want to do. Right now I have a very hard time getting around when it's very dark. mad   Day time is OK. yeah   I don't go outside at night by myself unless I'm in my own yard where there is some light and I can see.  I might not be able to see to find my way back home if I go very far.  It's a real ***** trying to use a white cane in the dark while your trying to wheel yourself along the street in a wheelchair. I know this from experiance.  I went to visit a sick friend of mine one evening last month when my husband had to work late.  She lives about six doors down from me. I arrived there while it was still light and we got to talking for too long and I had to make it home after dark on my own with my wheelchair and white cane.  It was a good thing I had my cane in the side pocket of my wheelchair or I might still be lost.  My friend was not able to help me since she was sick in bed and it took me ten minutes just to roll up the block to my house.  Next time, if I dare do this again I'll bring a brite flashlight.  Maybe it will help. Ussually I go there in the afternoon and have no trouble getting back home since the sun is still out.  Sorry to run on like this,  I guess I just felt like talking today.  Everyone else had to leave for home and I'm home alone today since my husband had to go back to work.    Linda
Wheelchair Bound

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 7/7/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you're doing well.


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   Posted 7/8/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Linda, I'm not usually on this forum but I have followed your story since before you had your surgery.  I just have to tell you that I think you are an amazing woman and quite an inspiration to all!  You never have given up and look at how you are enjoying life!  You probably couldn't have imagined that just a few short months ago.  You've had many obstacles in your life but you have figured out ways around them.  I'm so glad you are sharing all of this and I'm so very happy for you.  The human spirit is amazing.
By the way, next time you go to a friends home, maybe take along a timer.  I have a timer that I can clip to my clothes that vibrates, since I'm hearing impaired and can't hear a timer.  It also makes a noise and flashes lights.  You could set it before you left home to make sure you were home before dark.  You wouldn't have to hold it but it would remind you that it's getting dark.  I know time flies when you are visiting.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to see you're doing so well! I was up north this past week and the weather was awesome!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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