After slipping into my black-tie and arriving at St Paul's College, Sydney University for a wedding on Easter Saturday, I realised there was a small issue with my catheter which meant my left foot was completely soaked and a sock change was essential. Having resided at one of the other all boys colleges for over 3 years at the end of the 90s, I quickly advised someone to sneak into a resident's room and “borrow one" for the day! As expected, moments later I was back on track and enjoying the festivities without worry of the potential smell or lingering dampness. I have to say, after some incredible memories of those halls and colleges, it was good to be back in the thick of things. A cracking wedding and a super evening had by all.
Although I am very lucky in this regard, predominantly due to great carers, an amazing fiancee and supportive family, I know many sufferers of spinal-cord injury and disabled people alike find it a massive effort to even get out of the house, let alone attend weddings and other formal functions. I merely make this soft point for interest sake and information. For me, attending an engagement such as this requires organising someone prior to the wedding to assist me into my outfit, driving me to the venue and helping me into bed after the festivities are over not to mention the various people helping me at the venue.
Just a thought, that's all. Oh and recognition and thanks for all the people who lend a hand throughout the day!
Another small milestone was achieved for the first time on returning from a long swim in salt water. Normally I require some assistance with my legs whilst transferring out of the passenger seat of the car, mostly as my left arm is considerably weaker than my right. This time, I stopped the able assistant and decided it was high time to have a shot again. Thankfully I did, as what is a relatively remedial task for most, was quite easily achieved. Now all I need to work out is how to retrieve the wheelchair from the boot while standing and holding onto the passenger door frame for support??? One for another day and plenty of practice.