All dressed up at the wedding

All dressed up at the wedding

 Elisa &I

Elisa &I

 Mates at the wedding

Mates at the wedding

 Sunday BBQ with Mates

Sunday BBQ with Mates

First of all welcome and thank you for visiting my site. It has been a long 5 months and after my accident, when I wasn't even able to feed myself,  the thought of any travel outside these hospital walls seemed impossible.

4 weeks ago I was contacted by a friend who asked me whether I could still make it to his wedding in Adelaide and this immediately became a goal to work towards. This initiated a process of detailed planning with medical staff, physiotherapists and family so that the trip would be smooth and successful. 

The first step was changing my morning routine (bowels, shower, personal hygiene), this would involve me changing my medication routine so that every second day was a bowel day. I never understood or appreciated the importance of such small tasks like using your bowels once a day and how it could dictate my personal and social life. Getting on the plane was the next hurdle, I had to practice techniques for transferring on and off a wheelchair that would fit down the extremely narrow isle of the plane. This chair was lower and therefore much harder to transfer onto, i had to perform this task 4 times per flight, from my wheelchair to airlines wheelchair, from airlines wheelchair to isle seat and vice versa when it was time to get off.  These transfers took a toll on my body, so much so I am writing this in my hospital bed recovering from the exhaustion of my weekend away. 

Previously travelling interstate, I would pack my bag an hour before I left for the airport and It would fit in a small carry on bag. This time things were much different, packing begun days before and the list of things to take seemed endless for an overnight stay, lucky I had Elisa who did all of this for me. 

We arrived in Adelaide midday Saturday the 31st Jan and stayed at a mates house that night. The wedding on the saturday was a great day, I was able to catch up with friends I hadn't seen since before my accident. I also caught up with mates for a BBQ on Sunday, it was good to sit around and talk with them like old times.

The support I had from my friends over the weekend was amazing and I couldn't have done it without them, one other person who does all the work behind the scenes and gets no where near the amount of credit she deserves was Elisa, so thank you!

Joel

 

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