This Fall Was a Real Eye-opener
Well, this was a first.
I’d fallen backward once in my power wheelchair. That was in the back of our mobility van. Hubris told me I could get away with just holding on to the handgrip for a few hundred meters. As ever, hubris was wrong!
About six months after purchasing my new and expensive glasses in late 2019, I had two MS relapses, one after another. My eyesight immediately changed. I’ve been reading on my laptop ever since, which easily enlarges the print. Even typing this, the text looks somewhat bleary — I really should blow up the size!
Ah, that’s better.
Because of this, I’m now facing a pile of unread books. At least, that’s what I tell myself. Or, indeed, you.
My recent lack of wheelie driving outside caused a major misjudgment when I attempted to get up a short, and therefore steep, ramp into my optician’s office. I’d done it back in 2019, but for obvious reasons hadn’t been back since.
I banged my chair into third gear, reasoning that it was a tad steep. I gunned my electric vehicle as if I were U.S. President Joe Biden — only he was driving on a flat surface. I nearly made it, too, when somewhat spectacularly, I just kept going upward, and then crashed backward.
I waited for an ambulance. Our local hospital was right around the corner.
A whole bunch of people gathered to help — the optician’s staff, the barber next door, and passersby, all summoned by a stonking crash and an immediate yelp.
I’m dead weight, with a rotund belly hidden by flowing clothes and legs engorged by lymph fluid.
Obviously, I was worried about being dropped, but all of these good Samaritans also had good backs. This wasn’t my first rodeo (an apt cliché, as crashing to the ground is an MS trope), and I got them to sit me on a chair first. It was lower than the wheelchair’s. Now I could even help, as my legs, at least, still support me when you pull me upright.
I thanked my mini-throng, then timidly went up the ramp in first gear. One of the saviors kindly followed behind to make sure I didn’t fall back again. He didn’t want the strain of lifting me up again!
Remarkably, I was still on time to my appointment. We had a few quiet minutes in the optician’s office to recover. My wife, Jane, helpfully pointed out, “At least you have something to write about this week!”
I was shaken up while sprawled on the ground with the wheelchair pinning my right leg. So, forgive me if I didn’t think to ask Jane to take a photo. I’m glad I didn’t, as her reply would have been somewhat hurtful!
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