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Patricia Lay-Dorsey (@patricialaydorsey) /patricialaydorsey
It’s amazing what a difference two days can make! After Tuesday’s training session with my driving rehabilitation instructor Cindi, I was feeling very discouraged. We had worked on my pulling into and backing out of those yellow lines in an empty parking lot. I did not do super well. But then there was today. Cindi came to our house because she had an eye doctor’s appointment nearby so I was able to work out the itinerary of where we drove. I had specific tasks I wanted to work on with her in the car: 1) Pulling out of our garage which meant backing up and making an immediate left-hand turn and then pulling back into the garage to park; 2) Driving on one of our busiest streets that goes through two local shopping districts; and 3) Driving on our super busy 4-lane 35 MPH street along the lake. I was so nervous that I had to go to the bathroom three times in the 15 minutes before she got here! I am holding up flowers to the back of my wheelchair accessible minivan in celebration of my having done an absolutely EXCELLENT job on every one of the tasks I had set for myself!!! As we pulled into my garage after 40 minutes on the road, I asked Cindi, “Does this mean I am close to being finished with our training program?“ She grinned and said, “This means you are very VERY close!“ We still have more work to do, including my driving on the large highway in front of her office, making what’s called a “Michigan left,” parking on the street, etc. But it won’t be long now and I am TOTALLY confident that I can do it. My conversion to hand controls has been a long, very expensive process, but the prospect of regaining MY INDEPENDENCE makes it all worthwhile!!!It’s amazing what a difference two days can make! After Tuesday’s training session with my driving rehabilitation instructor Cindi, I was feeling very discouraged. We had worked on my pulling into and backing out of those yellow lines in an empty parking lot. I did not do super well. 
But then there was today. Cindi came to our house because she had an eye doctor’s appointment nearby so I was able to work out the itinerary of where we drove. I had specific tasks I wanted to work on with her in the car: 1) Pulling out of our garage which meant backing up and making an immediate left-hand turn and then pulling back into the garage to park; 2) Driving on one of our busiest streets that goes through two local shopping districts; and 3) Driving on our super busy 4-lane 35 MPH street along the lake. I was so nervous that I had to go to the bathroom three times in the 15 minutes before she got here!

I am holding up flowers to the back of my wheelchair accessible minivan in celebration of my having done an absolutely EXCELLENT job on every one of the tasks I had set for myself!!! As we pulled into my garage after 40 minutes on the road, I asked Cindi, “Does this mean I am close to being finished with our training program?“ She grinned and said, “This means you are very VERY close!“ We still have more work to do, including my driving on the large highway in front of her office, making what’s called a “Michigan left,” parking on the street, etc. But it won’t be long now and I am TOTALLY confident that I can do it. My conversion to hand controls has been a long, very expensive process, but the prospect of regaining MY INDEPENDENCE makes it all worthwhile!!!source: https://www.instagram.com/patricialaydorsey

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