One Hundred Days: Day Two
It’s all in your positioning. Positioning is everything!
When I woke up yesterday morning, my first thought was “how can I cope”?
And then my friend Karen called and asked, “how does it feel to be out of control“
Right on Karen!…… that’s just what I was feeling!
Today, when I woke up, it was” how can I cope until my surgery on Monday”?
Yesterday, my second thought was; “I need a wheelchair, and I need grab bars”.
Today it was; “I need to get going”.
I guess things are improving…..
Yesterday was the first time in my life I had ever used a wheel chair to get around, and it’s all about your positioning. Position the wheelchair in the right place to get done what you need to do; such as back into the espresso machine, and you can reach everything to descale the machine and make coffee (which I did ;-).
The bigger consideration of course is how the design of your home can adjust to wheelchair life! Well, this was a good time to check it out….. and we didn’t do too badly in that respect. I’ll write more about what we could have done better sometime soon. But after an hour or so test driving the wheel chair on loan from our local Hospice organization, I felt quite pleased and knew that I’d be able to function at some level, and would be able to do a lot of things on my own thanks to the way we had designed our home.
When you think about it, positioning is related to just about everything we do; in wheelchair manouverability I calculate how close and precisely where to put the wheel chair to the sofa, or toilet, or coffee machine, or sink, so I can pivot on my good foot to position myself where I need to be! And I have to keep in mind that I need to get back into the wheelchair again…..
In marketing, we position ourselves to find the customers or clients who will use our products or services.
In personal relationships, we position ourselves to attract the people we perceive we will want be with.
Well, I got going this morning, got out of bed, visited the bathroom, made coffee in the kitchen, took my meds, let Tai Chi out the front door and toured the house, all before James woke up! (a carer does need his beauty sleep…….)
On January 26th I learned that the recuperation journey will be about 100 days; that’s this week added to the 12 weeks after my ankle surgery scheduled for next Monday. So this is my personal diary ONE HUNDRED DAYS; it’s really self- therapy to help me deal with the days to come …….. however it will also keep friends and foe alike updated right here on my Images of Life blog, or check the list below in case you have missed one.
Architects and Designers who design for accessible design should spend at least a couple of days in a wheelchair! After spending a month tooling around at home, staying in a hotel and visiting Seattle Orthopedic Center I've come the conclusion that in real terms as to what a person needs, some ADA designed spaces fall short!