The property hunt has officially begun.
As such, we spent most of Saturday manoeuvring in and out of houses and apartments assessing wheelchair accessability and general living. From previous experience, attention to detail is absolutely key. It is quite amusing listening to real estate agents in full 'sales mode', explaining intricate solutions for wheelchair challenges. Plenty of elements to think about, as you can imagine. One of the new requests from my wonderful fiance recently was for dishwasher drawers in the kitchen (more simply accessed in a wheelchair), rather than the normal open out dishwasher. Anything to facilitate more input in the kitchen!
Another small project I have been working on for a number of months is to find a comfortable, user-friendly, electric reclining armchair for the living room. The photos below depict a visit to the local furniture store during the week. Fingers crossed, I've found the perfect solution. Clearly, the colour choice will be the biggest issue from here.
Given my relative success with returning to adaptive swimming and tennis, golf is also on the horizon. Working with my combination of arm and leg movement, I should be able to manufacture a swing of some description, one-handed or otherwise. With this in mind and with Sarah showing some interest in learning the great game, we ventured to the driving range on Sunday. Although Sarah claimed almost never to have held a club before, early signs of strong potential became quickly evident. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of impromptu swing and technical coach. This forced me to ponder whether to volunteer my time in the future to help others master the sport. To those who will listen of course! My new golf swing is definitely still a work in progress for now.
Finally, following a recommendation from a friend, I checked in for my first Chinese herbal medicine appointment which culminated in the below photo. They call it 'cupping', but seriously can anything which leaves your back in this state be good for you?
For all the Australians out there, hope you had a cracker on Anzac Day!