At the age of 73 you are glad that you are not making any new beginnings, but can carry on as usual. Today the sun managed to poke its way through the clouds. This means give yourself a push and go places and see things, so I did.
I saddled my wheelchair and switched on the power and was away, although this was coupled with a new beginning. The wheelchair man who paid a visit before Christmas to tighten up a few screws advised me that I should let the battery/accumulator go down to a minimum of power and not constantly reload to full after a journey: although I only reload during the night as electricity is half price, as this is not good for the battery. I have followed his advice. There are various coloured lamps on the steering and the idea would be green (2 lamps). The next would be yellow (also two) and I can still travel quite well with yellow. So today I put the theory to the test and when I got town I was on yellow. However, I had to climb a slope and it went immediately to red, and even flickered on and off now and again, although I was still rolling. When I returned to the flat surface I was again back to yellow. It was then I decided to turn and go back home. I did not want to be stuck somewhere at the side of a main road with no power. I reached home quite safely, and even managed to have 50 photos in my camera on the way, as the one above, which I took with my mobile phone. One thing is now clear, I know the limits of my wheelchair.
There was a second problem. When I go places in my chair, Mr. Swiss always does a check with me that I have everything, mainly my mobile phone that we have contact. He should also remind me of my gloves which he did not actually forget. They were not on his list, and should have been on mine. I reached home safely with frozen hands, almost. I was travelling against the wind and even my 6 miles an hour is fast enough. Remember to take you gloves in Winter.
Another new beginning will be a manual wheelchair eventually for shopping. I will have to have an advisory discussion with the sales people where I buy them for the various possibilities. I need a transport for the store, for carrying enough bought provisions, and a chair that I can take apart to put in my car afterwards. I will also need to contact my neurologist to see what the Swiss invalid insurance are prepared to pay for this new transport. They will probably not pay all, but a certain amount I hope. Unfortunately MS is a progressive problem and my walking abilities are slowly diminishing and my legs get tired much quicker than they used to.
As you can see my new beginnings are not those of the normal average person, but a normal average person does not really exist. However as long as there is a sun on the horizon I can take a few photos.