Thursday, September 17, 2009

Driving and trip up to MA

It's been a very busy week! This past Thursday Will, Ty, and I flew up to Boston and were on the Cape for the weekend. We all visited with our aunt and cousin Bethany (and our little 2nd cousins Rett & Ellie). Will got to visit with a lot of his friends and also attended his friend's (Kelly) wedding. Ty & I visited with friends and attended another wedding (my friend Heidi Erdmann). The flights were uneventful and served as good practice for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. We allowed for plenty of time to arrive to the airport and go thru security. Will did great transferring to the aisle chair which the airlines use to transport para's and quad's to their seats. Will commented a few times on how the airline personnel were all over him. They do not always understand the fact that he can do everything himself and that he does not need their physical help to move. His chair made the trip without being harmed which was a big relief to us all. You just never know what happens once they stow equipment down below.

Since we returned on Sunday it's been non-stop rehab/appointments. Will has started getting regular acupuncture which will hopefully help with some of his spasms and sensation. He got in the pool down here at rehab which he may continue to do on a regular basis. He got a Tempur Pedic bed which is much more comfortable and better for him than our tired guest bed he had been sleeping on. The big news is that he got to drive today! From what he was told he did great with the driving eval. He spent about an hour driving around town learning to use the hand controls. He said he was driving about 20 mph, and then when he did go faster, like 45 mph, he said it felt like he was going 90! As you can imagine it will take time to adjust. So from this point on, he is waiting to find out if NC Vocational Rehab will accept him into their program, and if they do he will hopefully have the car modifications paid for by them. It will cost about $800-900 for the modifications.

We are getting prepared for the big trip to the Big Island and are looking forward to getting the house a bit more put together. And I can't believe I am writing this, but it's been pretty fun to be living with my brother. It would be more fun if he could work on training the dog! Once I have a little more time I will work on posting some new pics!

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