I enjoyed both of them. How interesting to see the world from that POV. the video was well done. I'd watch another one too. You have a knack for play by play. Have you got one on the best fun train trip for a w/c user?
I live in Seattle, but I feel like if I needed to go to Manhatten along broadway I'd know what to expect. I can see, for me, the people, the sidewalks, I could not do it with my cane, but maybe with my rollator. So now I know.
I have to admire also your equanimity as described in the article, how'd you find that?
I use a rollator/cane/or electric cart offered courtesy of the shopping establishement I am in, depending on the situation. Last fall, I broke my arm/shoulder joint (shattered it) in an extremely bad fall and could not go to the bathroom without help because I had no balance at all with my arm swathed to my side and my already limpy gimpy way of getting around.
I did not have time to adjust to my sudden drop from 'disabled but getting by' to totally dependant...no equipment, no shower chair etc. so I had in-home occupational therapy and they came in like gangbusters with recommendations and "how to's". But still the first few weeks adjusting to it all, making internet purchases then installing stuff etc was hard; not least because my environment was only semi accessible.
the ironic twist was that we were building an accessible house and it was only about 10 weeks from being done
I often wonder how other people make those transitions, and if there is a graceful, easy way to do it. to me it feels like I make these transitions with difficulty, every one puts me off my game for a long time and I am aways caught like it is some wierd surprise.
Since you have been through the gamut all the way to chair, I wonder Is there some comfort in that? I have recently had the thought maybe it'd be easier to be there.
What transition wisdom would you share looking back from where you are now? It sounds like you had to change and adjust really quickly.
thanks! Cool post!