Wednesday, May 10, 2006
So, since it's been a slow week, I figured I'd tell you more about being home. I continue to be amazed by the kindness and support of the community around me. My house is only one story so we new from the start that it would be the easiest place for me to get around. The problems were that there were steps to get in and out of the house at all entrances, the entire house was carpeted (since I'm on wheels, most of the time, that was just difficult), and the bathroom had all sorts of issues (stained carpet, leaky shower stall, ugly medicine cabinet, etc...).
So some folks from church and my parents neighborhood (and my Dad) built a ramp in my garage so that I could get in and out without going out in the weather. Then a family friend, Kevin Clark, donated his time off to remodel the bathroom. He and his Son spent most of their weekends at my house installing a ceramic tile floor and shower, tearing out a cabinet so I can wheel under the sink, installing new shower fixtures that meet ADA requirements and look really cool, and installing a new toilet (with a really cool seat). My Dad helped him install two angled and mirrored medicine cabinets in the corners of the vanity which gives off kind of a wrap around mirror effect. (cool huh?) Our friend Paula, who is a Designer, painted the bathroom for us and Dad did the finishing touches with new towel rings and a robe hook. Oh, and my old friend Mark, who lives in Minnesota, came to visit and installed a new vent fan/light while he was here.
I was about to talk about the painting and wood flooring that went on in the rest of the house but my pain level is starting to increase so I think I'll continue tomorrow. Check back for the rest of the story!
"That which does not kill us...calls for more meds!!!"