When it Rains it Pours
As you may be aware I’m working on getting a new wheelchair. Not only that, but I’m checking out the JACO Robotic Arm and have my name on the waiting list for a service dog. The Negative Nelly in me didn’t think any of it would happen. Especially not in a timely manner. It didn’t stop me from pursuing them though. A part of me is still skeptical, but not only do I have a demo set up to try the arm, I’ll be demoing my prospective wheelchair at the same time. To top it all off I just got a call that CCI has a service dog for me! Despite things coming together it’s been super stressful.
Because my current wheelchair is on the older side it won’t support operating the JACO. Therefore to demo it I need to borrow a newer chair. Fortunately the wheelchair rep has the model I’m looking at. He knows my specs, so is going to try to get it somewhat fitted so I can use it. Somehow the stars aligned and my occupational therapist, the JACO rep, and wheelchair rep are all coming out for the trial. Fingers crossed everything goes according to plan. I’ll keep you posted. Because they’re coming to my house I’ve had to do a marathon cleaning/de-cluttering. Having a young kitten doesn’t make that easy.
On the way back from my Spinraza injection CCI called. Come to find out indeed they have a service dog in mind for me. Here’s the kicker, the weeklong class that’s almost 900 miles away is in a week! Since my caregiver and driver can’t do the short notice I had to come up with an alternate plan. As a determined individual I’m now on plan D and it seems to be falling into place. Fingers crossed.
Of course in the back of my mind is the current health crisis. Although it terrifies me, I’m not going to let it stop me from reaching my goals. I’m going to take all the precautions I can and hope for the best.
Not only is the coordination to make it all happen stressful, adjusting to new things isn’t easy either. Even though I’m looking forward to the end results, I know there will be an adjustment period. At least hibernation mode is conducive to allowing time for that.
Oh, and I have a PCA interview this week. Do new things stress you out? How do you manage coordinating multiple activities? Did I bite off more than I can chew? Mind you even though my swallowing sucks chewing hasn’t been an issue.
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