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Carol Perkins: Don't get up!
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By Carol Perkins
Every door frame and baseboard in our house will require a paint job by the time I get out of this wheelchair. For those building a home, keep in mind that your interior doors need to be standard size. Our bathroom doors are not. You need a bedroom downstairs. Ours are.
Your hallways should be wide, and the fewer interior steps and exterior steps the better. Not one entrance to our house is without steps. Maneuvering them on one foot is not easy. "Hold on to me," Guy says, but I am afraid to put too much weight on him or he'll go down, too. I can already tell that his back is bothering him. It could be for several reasons.
When he can't get the wheelchair around a corner, he picks up the back with me in it. Not a good idea. He's had more than one visit to Dr. Kelly (our chiropractor). He is limping, now and then. Having all the housework to do, as well as the laundry, could be another reason his back is bothering him. If he gets down, we'll be in trouble.
Gradually, I'm moving toward the walker. Every time he goes to the post office, however, I have to promise to stay in the recliner. "You could trip over this thing," he says as he moves the walker beyond my reach. Reminds of putting candy on the top shelf of a panty away from the kids. He doesn't trust me when he's gone. I assure him I'm not moving. The last thing I need is to fall.
Since the accident, I've taken up new hobbies. I've almost finished a quilt top, bought an adult coloring book of beach scenes and gel pens (I love pens), worked puzzles, and found Wordle (a word game). Thank goodness for books and Netflix. I'll look back and wonder why I didn't enjoy all the rest. Rest is only good if you choose it! I have a wedding I want to attend this month in Louisiana. I'll keep you posted.
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