After not feeling well last week, I did what I always do when I feel a bit better, I overdid it. For some reason I also got the brilliant idea that I could (yes) and should (no) open a door by myself while on the scooter. Given the length of the platform compared to my small scooter or a wheelchair, how I must angle and how far forward I must reach, how I must reposition to get myself through the door while holding it open...well, I pulled something around one of my thoracic vertebrae. Usually I'm smarter and just wait a few minutes for someone to come along. Or turn the scooter off and call someone in the building.
Friday night and most of Saturday I couldn't eat from pain, finally managed to get the edge off of it enough to take my daughter to the Girl Scout Halloween festival. I know how to prevent this (not open doors)--I know there are certain things I shouldn't do. I wonder if talking to an occupational therapist though would allow me to learn to do this kind of thing without pain or injury. I like doing things for myself.
The boys returned from their camping trip a bit ago, smelly, tired, and happy.
My in-laws saw on Friday how much my daughter helps out while they're still thinking what to do. I don't even ask her for help in this regard--I was going to ask a grown-up. But she spots the best seating for me, pulled out the right two chairs. She also helps me with the remote to reload the lift so I don't have to strain forward. And when I headed to the restroom at the game, she said the disability stall was accessible, that she'd already checked it out for me. She can tell as well as I can whether I can get the scooter into a space or not. And didn't seem to mind last night that I couldn't make the easy dinner I'd planned and could only warm up Amy's frozen meals.
What I've also noticed is that her friends become more observant from being around her, for example noticing which entrances I can get in and which I can't, how and why certain accommodations are needed. And her lack of self consciousness about all of it carries over to them.
I've injured myself like this before, actually much more overall during my first week of scooter use. I can't wait until it calms down again.