Monday, March 14, 2016

Power wheelchair

Imagine not being able to move for four years. And also think of what it would feel like to suddenly be able.
That is how I felt when I drove a power wheelchair for the first time ever. I had absolutely no clue how it would feel. It felt surreal, by the way. I could finally turn around when I wanted to hear a particular conversation.
It is also quite terrifying to have to depend upon a machine to move forward, backward or side to side. I have grown accustomed to being pushed around. Mind you, I still can’t move my neck like a normal person.
Probably the most gratifying words I have heard through the entire power chair process came from Tom with Be Extraordinary. He basically said he wouldn’t have imagined I could drive myself three years ago when he met me. What will I be able to do three years from now? 
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 Here I am in a test power chair.
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Thumb to go right. Pinky to go leftt. Left toe on a switch is forward and backward.
I use the same switch to drive as I do to blog.

7 comments:

Cajureba said...

Look at you go, Alison! Great to se you moving about! I bet it feels nice to have some independence! I haven't been following your stories lately, so I read up and it is so nice to read you! You have a lot to say and to share and I'm glad I can read it all and be updated in your and Chris' news. You guys were always so great to me at Pitt. Hope life keeps bringing us together, even if it is through the Internet! Love!

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to read about your wheelchair....I bet it is so great to be able to move around on your own. Chris will have to keep up with you! :) Love reading your writing. I can't wait to see what is yet to come..

Love,

Patty W

Debbi Ruel said...

That's WONDERFUL Alison! Sooo happy for you!

Anonymous said...

March 28, 2016
Hello, Alison, Perhaps you remember me, your high school religion teacher at Colgan in '97. I was informed of your stroke almost immediately by one of your good friends in Pittsburg, Beth Kimzey I began daily prayers for you at that time and have not missed a day, mainly because you impressed me so much as an inquiring student who wanted to learn. Most sophomores do not fit that category. Your maturity was already evident from your comments in class. I've read your blogs and am hopeful that your drive and determination, along with that sweet husband (Chris), will see you through to an eventual return to normal health. Best wishes and my continued prayers, Marcel Normand mhnormand@ckt.net

Anonymous said...

Love reading about you and how you are doing. So thank you are finally moving around and love your inspiration of you. So thankful I was able to know you when we were kids in kindergarten and up then reconnecting as adults. Praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention my name. Joni ( Vandivort ) Martin

Anonymous said...

that is so amazing, Alison! So glad to see you moving around.xoxo

Patty W