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Friendship, Romance and Dating / Re: Looking for friends
« Last post by Coll on July 17, 2017, 07:04:16 PM »
It has nothing to do with my driving.  I believe it is more his fear of losing me.  As long as he can keep me safely in our home he thinks he can keep me safe.  He spent three days hearing the doctors saying that I might not make it out of the trauma room.  My son days that the two weeks while I was in a coma he was a total basket case. Now he treats me like a delicate piece of China.  LOL
Frustrates me no end.
Friendship, Romance and Dating / Re: Looking for friends
« Last post by Louie on July 17, 2017, 01:06:55 PM »

I read somewhere that people who drive a modified vehicles are statistically safer drivers than the able-bodied. I can't remember where I read it, so take it for what it's worth. My car is high-tech with computer controls, but if you have the use of your arms and hands, you should be able to get mechanical hand controls for what I would consider to be a reasonable cost. I'm still relatively young and not being able to drive would make me crazy.

I'm glad to hear that you're on the mend. Hopefully you'll be able to get out and about and enjoy the end of the summer.

Friendship, Romance and Dating / Re: Looking for friends
« Last post by Coll on July 17, 2017, 11:31:23 AM »
I'm in an isolation bubble because I got an infection.  I rarely go anywhere because if I get a bacterial infection it could kill me. Since I live in a fairly isolated area in the mountains there is little risk of catching something from other people and we do keep the house fairly sanitized.  Today I was allowed out of the bubble to go out on the deck after the nurse supervised the house keeper sterilizing it.  If my white cell count stays down I'll be let out of the bubble in a few days.

I was able to drive for awhile after losing my leg until I had a fall that messed up my other hip.  We have talked about getting a car that I could drive but my husband is afraid it would put me at risk.  I'm still trying to convince him that being stuck at home all the time is slowly destroying me.
Friendship, Romance and Dating / Re: Looking for friends
« Last post by Louie on July 17, 2017, 10:38:09 AM »

what do you mean by "in isolation"? I hope that it's nothing serious

I'm fortunate to be healthy enough to remain fairly active. I'm able to drive a highly modified car and I work part-time in the schools from September to June. It gets a little harder every year. Right now I'm enjoying the summer. I go for walks on the roads and bike trails in my town and I spend a lot of time in my garden. I'm unable to do the gardening myself, but I am able to find people to help. The tomatoes are doing well this year and I'm hoping to be harvesting some soon.

Friendship, Romance and Dating / Re: Looking for friends
« Last post by Coll on July 15, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
My husband is my primary caregiver.  He went from not knowing how to make a sandwich to having to do most the cooking.  He has adapted fairly well.  He has been apologetic about how much work he expected of me before I got ill.
At the moment though I'm in isolation with a nurse full time.  The nurse is fixing my food so he only had to take care of himself.
General Discussion / Re: Introduction and a bit more
« Last post by lynn on July 11, 2017, 02:24:28 PM »
welcome to our forum. Hope to see you in the chat room.
General Discussion / Re: Introduction and a bit more
« Last post by lynn on July 11, 2017, 11:51:09 AM »
welcome! :-)
Hi everyone,
I have a forearm amputee friend who is a computer programmer but could only use his one hand to program. He has such a positive outlook on life that I thought I would help him out by building a keyboard and mouse that he could use with his other arm. He's loving the new keyboard/mouse because it allows him to do more complicated multi-key functions by using both arms.

I thought I would see if anyone else might want one as it could possibly allow someone full use of a computer who before would not be able to use a computer at all. A link to the keyboard is below but if you have any ideas for something else that might help you, please don't hesitate to ask.

General Discussion / Re: Introduction and a bit more
« Last post by Louie on July 07, 2017, 07:12:56 AM »
I remember when I got my first power chair. The best part of it was that I could get outside again. I started off by staying close to home, but before long I was going a few miles to the library and the grocery store with it. I was able to move around my neighborhood and my yard in a way that I not been able to do for many years. Although I had resisted getting one for years, it didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that I shouldn't have fought it for so long. I was still walking a little When I got my first chair, but the wheelchair gave me more freedom and security than I had Experienced since my illness began. These days I can't do anything unless I'm in the chair. I haven't walked for years and I can't even lift my arms. Even with my weakness I am fairly independent. I drive a modified car and I work three days a week.

General Discussion / Introduction and a bit more
« Last post by Crawlerz on July 05, 2017, 06:50:01 AM »
Hello people of the interwebs. I am here to hopefully introduce myself as I've been looking for a community of like minded people. I am 33, disabled, and if that wasn't enough, a little person (or whatever the hell the PC term is). I live in PA, USA. Originally I'm from Russia though.

As far as my disabilities go, I have rheumatoid arthritis pretty much damaging all my joints since I was 3, severely limiting my movement and abilities.

As if all my disabilities and problems weren't enough, all of my life was spent in neglect, mind abuse and isolation due to living with my psycho narcissistic human waste of a mother.

Far too late did I wake up to the possibility that I don't have to take this for the rest of my life, but by then I was already balls deep into depression.

I have gotten myself a powerchair relatively recently and started going outside the house on my own, which I couldn't even dream of before.

Right now my entire life force is spent on looking for acceptable supportive living situation where I could move out and live in privacy and enough dignity that I think every person needs to have. I am excluding nursing homes and group homes as that isn't what I am looking for. And yes these things exist. Apartments in a building staffed by professionals on hand for transferring and such.

This isn't a very good photo but this is me
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