Chris' surgery went well. He will be in the sling for many more weeks. He can get me in and out of the truck one handed, but, needless to say, it's difficult. So I pretty much just stay home. I have thought about calling a wheelchair transportation company, just to get out for a few hours. But I had an unpleasant experience with that in the past.
I had a meeting at EMU, which is a good 30 minutes away. I got a sitter and found a transportation company. The driver picked me up right on time, got me loaded on and strapped my chair down. I gave him directions, and we were off.
"Do you mind if I pick up another client in this area?", he asked.
As I looked around, there seemed to be enough room for another chair. So I told him, "Sure, that's fine."
We drove to a gas station and picked up this able-bodied woman and her toddler. Now we had to take them home, "it's on the way". Not really though.
I noticed he was driving into a not-so-nice suburb of Detroit and he turned down a not-so-nice street. We drove deep into the sub. My brain was recalling the many car-jackings and drug busts that I've seen on the news from this area.
He pulled in front of the lady's house so she could get out at the curb. But wait, the baby fell asleep. So the driver gets out to carry the sleeping child into the house for the twenty-year old, able bodied woman. Now, I know that's a nice gesture, but come on. Not very professional to leave your paying client in a running vehicle with the drivers door wide open. Sound like an invitation to be car jacked to me.
I made it to my meeting and back home with no further incidents.
A friend of mine started her own business of home health care, so she could be her own client. I think that is pretty cleaver, maybe I'll follow her lead with a transportation company!