No, I haven’t bought a sniper rifle and decided to go after the people on The List. Not yet anyway …
Since June last year I haven’t been able to drive: the ulcer made it too painful to use my foot and now both my feet are too weak to use on standard car pedals at all - I was beginning to have trouble with my ankles whilst driving last year anyway, the ulcer just speeded up the halt on driving. So now I’ve got to look at new ways of getting around. Driving myself is still the aim but in a different way.
I’ve booked myself a driving assessment at a Regional Driving Assessment Centre where, hopefully, I’ll be able to find out the best way for me to get back on the road - they called me this morning to tell me that my appointment had been booked for Thursday 29th June, four weeks away.
I have an idea what I’m aiming for: a car with hand controls and being able to drive from a wheelchair. After scouting around a few dozen websites it seems something like a Renault Kangoo would do the job nicely with plenty of different companies doing “enter through the back and drive from a wheelchair” options.
I also need a new wheelchair as my current motorised one is indoor only and I didn’t want to go out in a manual one all the time (weak arms, see?) - I was going to contact the Wheelchair service myself but my excellent (and stunning) physiotherapist offered to refer me.
So, now I’ve got to contact a couple of Motability accredited Renault dealers and talk to them about adaptations and the like.
If you’re interested in keeping track of my progress, I’ve shared one of my Ta-da lists:Things I need to do to be able to drive again.
I can’t bloody wait!