Those of you who have been following this blog will know of the ongoing garage conversion. You might have read about the delays brought on by Corona virus and my reluctance to have many ‘bodies’ passing through my house.
Well, I’m delighted to tell you that last night I finally took up residence in my new suite. I had planned to be in on our first May Bank Holiday, but things and events prevented that happening. I looked forward to my next date, which was sometime in June, I think, but delays on getting the shutters which I’d ordered in January and I discovered were coming from China, pushed back ‘Moving In Day’ again. The necessity for an Alexa device and an electric blanket, choose which one you think was more important to me, meant that this weekend it finally happened. My initial thoughts were that this move might be daunting. However, I gave myself a good talking to i.e ‘Pull yourself together’ and ‘What have you got to be so scared of?’ told me that I was being a bit of a wimp.
Since the room has been complete, apart from the fripperies, I have been spending more waking time familiarising myself with the layout and my ability to manoeuvre around in my wheelchair. I have bought new matching towels and duvet sets to my taste and I have furniture in place. So moving in to sleep was the next obvious step. Yesterday evening I came wheeling through the kitchen to my room. Husband in a Hurry wanted to watch Match of the Day and I knew that he would come through to make sure I was all right before he went to bed, so I didn’t have to worry about turning off my blanket. It is much easier to go to bed downstairs. I don’t need to be hoisted out of my wheelchair and manoeuvred to the stair lift at the bottom of the stairs. I don’t have to be carted up the stairs and lifted across to a commode chair at the top of the stairs. The only hoisting is with an overhead hoist from my wheelchair into my bed. It removes any danger to HIAH’s back and me falling down the stairs. We are both safer and the whole putting me to bed palaver is much faster. I asked my Alexa device to play Radio 2, listening to Clare Teal and Don Black, and when HIAH came through to wish me a goodnight’s sleep, he turned off the blanket and left me to a peaceful night. I woke sometime when it was light and I asked Amazon what time it was and when she told me it was ten minutes past six in the morning I went back to sleep for another hour until I heard movement upstairs.
This isn’t an ideal situation. We should still be sleeping in the same bed but needs must when the devil drives and it is the safest way to remain in our home for as long as possible. If, anything were to happen to either of us, we could, in theory, still stay in the house that we have made our home over many years. We have spent a lot of time and money investing in a home which fits all of our situations. We have brought up our children here, we can host visitors and large family gatherings. It’s our home.