A New Drive for Life: Renovations Let Me Come and Go on My Own

A New Drive for Life: Renovations Let Me Come and Go on My Own
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It’s taken over a year to conceive, organize, and plan, but yesterday, I was able to leave the house on my own.

I even checked that I had my house keys on me as, in theory, I could now also get in on my own.

This is not strictly true: I would be coming back from work, where I can’t take my power chair. The club I work at is in a basement, and there’s nowhere to store such a behemoth that wouldn’t break every fire regulation.

I also do not have the physical power to get up the incline of the drive on my own, but I had a cunning plan. My regular taxi driver, Simon, would be happy to push me up to the front door when we returned.

Hey, I’ve got a new drive for life! (Photo by John Connor)

The drive won’t be completely finished for a few days, and there’s still the final meeting to sort out any remaining snags on the whole job. (We renovated the house both inside and out.)

Now, I have a wet room downstairs that is wheelchair accessible. I had one before that was completely inaccessible for a wheelchair. I could get to it with massive help but had absolutely no chance of using it on my own.

This whole process has taken a long time. I thought that by now I would be able to nip out on my own and do such normal things as buy a pint of milk!

Actually, we’re still in the European Union, so if I go out on my own for milk this week, the smallest container I can come back with will be a half liter.

I can still pay for it with a pound coin, though.

The nearest shop is about 1.5 km away. Yup, that’s a mile.

Winning!

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In the ‘80s, John created the first regular column about the burgeoning London stand-up scene. In 1990 he wrote a book about its effect on the Edinburgh Festival: “Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms.” That year he also devised and ran a live topical stand-up team show at The London Comedy Store, The Edge. (It was destroyed in 2020!) In 2009 John was diagnosed with RRMS, which cut short his main job as a TV casting director for “Black Books,” “My Family,” et al. Now, John writes “Fall Down Get Up Again,” an irreverent journey with MS, and also serves as MS News Today Forums co-moderator.
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In the ‘80s, John created the first regular column about the burgeoning London stand-up scene. In 1990 he wrote a book about its effect on the Edinburgh Festival: “Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms.” That year he also devised and ran a live topical stand-up team show at The London Comedy Store, The Edge. (It was destroyed in 2020!) In 2009 John was diagnosed with RRMS, which cut short his main job as a TV casting director for “Black Books,” “My Family,” et al. Now, John writes “Fall Down Get Up Again,” an irreverent journey with MS, and also serves as MS News Today Forums co-moderator.
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