We picked up our new Motability car last Tuesday. (A Ford Tourneo Connect). I use a slide board to transfer between the car and my wheelchair, and have found the process differewnt to our previous car (a Berlingo). Just a matter of time to adjust the technique, learn the handholds etc.
Last Wednesday we went to see my Dad on his 88th birthday. Went out to lunch, all transfers OK so far. Then back to his place, whereupon I slipped off the slide board into the footwell. Feet and legs out of the door, bum on the floor, left arm on the passenger seat and right arm against the dashboard. Ruth and bro-in-law Russell couldn’t shift me. So it was that, half an hour later and getting rather cold despite three blankets, I was rescued by four hunky firemen, who hauled me out and lifted me into my chair. Once in the house in the warm I was given a full MOT by a paramedic, and passed with flying colours.
God bless the emergency services!
One big reason why I was trepidatious about going for my PIP interview today. I need fine weather to practice transfers.