We have four points of ingress/egress in our home. Two remain unmodified.
Our garage door was simple. I made a ramp out of plywood and mounted it with cement anchors. Or should I say, I designed it and my mechanic friend came by and mounted it.
The sliding glass door was a little more difficult. We ground off the safety catch, leaving enough to prevent a burglary, but having it wide enough for me to get my mobility aids through.
An additional ramp was made from my deck to my brick patio. The glass-door and ramp modifications allow me to sit in the Sun. I went a considerable amount of time not being able to get in the Sun because of the lack of ramps. Now, I have full range of the house and back yard. I can even wheel my chair to my neighbor’s place.
That is the extent of my world.
My mother-in-law and I were chatting the other day. A growing concern is my reluctance to leave my castle. Leaving it is guaranteed considerable pain requiring recovery time. I dream about doing things, but transportation is the snafu.
I recently had four straight days of doctor visits. I think my body just finished its recovery. The last visit was four days ago.
My wife did bring me to my mother’s and I was able to show Mom the things I’ve been doing. She was especially interested in the photographs I took of the flowers and fauna. “Where did I go to take them?” she asked. My wife and I explained, our back yard. Some of them are taken crawling on the ground. I sit so still, drinking coffee, that a pair of cardinals no longer feel threatened by me. I drink coffee in the morning Sun while they eat seed from about 6′-8′ away. They are M/M Cardinal. And they are welcome friends.
Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot