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Notes to the People from Onecandream.
Always carry Rock Salt

When I got up this morning, I thought I would go to church but instead God decided I had something to learn.  Don't get me wrong, I am sure the Pasture gave a great sermon in church and that there was a very good moral to be learned about the value of faith.  I am not diminishing that at all, just saying that I was pulled out of the classroom.

When I first got up, I didn't think I'd even go outside because I had heard the weather might be bad.  It is much harder and not as safe for me to get around during the winter.  Often, because of ice and safety concerns I cannot use my crutches at all, and have to rely on my wheelchair.  But when I looked out the window, I decided to chance it.

I proceeded with caution.  I dressed warmly and put on my gloves then went to the front door and opened and carefully stuck my crutch out to  a test if there was any black ice that had gone undetected by my sight.   My preliminary test found none, so I went and got my chair and my cell phone. 

Having learned from my previous mistakes, I knew it was important to not try to use my crutches and to make sure I had my phone.  But God had more in mind, to teach me then that I should use my chair in the winter and to make sure I bring my cellphone.

Though I knew I could not make it to my car on foot, my chair gave me confidence.  Now in order to get to my car I had to go down a somewhat curvy ramp.  I took it slow, and things went well until I hit a patch of ice about halfway down the ramp.  I wasn't standing, so I didn't fall, but my wheels lost traction.

Being relatively good at maneuvering a wheelchair.  I managed to turn myself perpendicular to the slope and keep from sliding all the way down.  It was at this point I decided that I wanted to go back inside, but I was at the point of no return.

Unfortunately for me, while I could keep the chair from going down the ramp,  I couldn't get enough traction to go back up.  Worse yet, it soon became clear that if I was not careful my wheel would roll off the edge of the pavement and then I might flip my chair over, or be forced to wait until somebody happened to walk by and noticed my predicament.  Neither option sounded very pleasant.

Ultimately, I accepted my fate, and did my best to guide my chair down off the ramp.  When I got to the bottom of the ramp it was relatively easy to get to my car.  I transfered relatively easily into my car, and eventually got my chair in the car.  By this time I was running late, and were it not for the fact that I couldn't get back in until the ice melted, I probably would have stopped my adventure of there...

But I didn't really have any were in particular that I needed to go.  So I proceeded with my original plan.  I drove to the church, but as I expected the parking lot and pretty icy and I realized quickly that no matter where I parked.  I would have to go up or down a slope (the kind that is noticable by chair, but not so much if you are walking) and either way there was a possibility that I could get stuck.

Now I have no doubt that someone would of been there willing to help me.  But if you like an awful lot of work, and so I weighed my options, and decided that instead of arriving late.  I would go TGI Friday's and wait until got a little warmer so that the ice on the ramp would melt, and I could get back inside.  My plan worked, but not before I learned these lessons:

  1. While you may be able to make some choices, you cannot always control where you are going to end up.
  2. Sometimes no matter what precautions you take and how routine things are, there will be unforeseen obstacles.
  3. Sometimes when your on a slippery slope, the safest thing you can do is try and keep from falling off the sidewalk.
  4. Sometimes you may set out to go one place, but end up at another.  And that is okay.
  5. While it may not always be possible to accomplish what you want in the current climate, just a few degrees changed can make all the difference.  
  6. Always carry a little bit of Rock Salt because you never know when it will come in handy.  While it may not be 100 percent effective it may give you just enough traction where you can get to where you need or want to be.
  7. Ultimately even when things don't go as planned they tend to work out in the end.
2007-12-10 06:01:43 GMT
Comments (2 total)
this might sound dum but i carry a sandwich bag of kitty litter when going out on my chair it gives me emough traction when get trapped.
Glad your ok and having a cup of hot cholate wutha candy cane.Bob
2007-12-10 08:30:15 GMT
Wow, there really are lessons to be learned from your experience. Thanks for sharing.

- Supporter of Onecandream and people with disabilities.
2008-02-18 20:24:00 GMT
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