I am able to kinda sorta walk, given enough walls/chairs/hand rails/helpful people to hang on, but in many ways, when I'm not walking, my legs are little more than props. Not "prop me up" props... theatrical props. When I'm not standing on them, they behave pretty much like any ventriloquist's dummy's legs. Flop 'em into a position, maybe they'll stay there.
I had an absolutely wonderful, wonderful afternoon with several wonderful, wonderful friends. They're very good at what they do, they're very very generous, they answered many questions; and we had many, many laughs. What a wonderful day!
If I'm lucky, I'll be able to talk to them once, maybe twice, later this week. And the next time I'll see them, will in all probability be... next October. That'll be wonderful. I'm already looking forward to it. But it's next October. And the only contact we'll have will be electronic, if anything.
Part of the afternoon's activities was a trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. In many ways, a dream come true for me: I've been trying to get some of these folks to the MJT for years, and we finally got them there, and they had the time of their lives. The museum has really come a long way since I was last there, what, twenty years ago?
But it's not really designed for wheelchair access. Just a little too tight, we can pretty much kinda sorta get around. Nearly everything is up too high for me to see it without standing up. The crowning glory was that while my eyes are not exactly "going," as the saying normally has it, and thank goodness I don't have optic neuritis, but my prescription is changing and I couldn't really read the signs that convey much of the museum's wonderfulness. So, basically, I spent the afternoon in a museum in which I couldn't see the exhibits, couldn't read the signage, and couldn't move around the building. And I couldn't make it upstairs to the tea room for the complementary afternoon tea.
But my friends were in hog heaven. That, at least, made me happy. In the MS biz, you take what you can get... right?