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 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – ‘Crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms’ by John Connor. Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2020 John Connor stopped producing & directing his own devised live 30 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Edge’. Ironically destroyed by the biggest news story to hit the world since 1939! He was also a UK TV Casting Director specializing in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Now he can’t even manage a step! John also writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS for Multiple Sclerosis News Today. And is now the Co-Moderator of MSNT’s MS Forum.
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In 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – ‘Crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics: A Decade of Comedy at the Assembly Rooms’ by John Connor. Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2020 John Connor stopped producing & directing his own devised live 30 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Edge’. Ironically destroyed by the biggest news story to hit the world since 1939! He was also a UK TV Casting Director specializing in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Now he can’t even manage a step! John also writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS for Multiple Sclerosis News Today. And is now the Co-Moderator of MSNT’s MS Forum.
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