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Donna's Journal
May 16, 2005

Along the river run at Tulsa, Oklahoma there is an area that is groomed and polished by the beautiful minds of men and women who have created a recreational kind of park. At this park there are wide walk ways where people can rent the three wheel, low rider bike for exercise. I wasn't aware there was such a thing for adults until we saw those. My disabled daughter had a monster machine called “Varoom” when she was a child. It had the large front wheel and two smaller back wheels. The tri-cycle was low to the ground and she zipped up and down the front sidewalk as if she had no disability at all. Because the toy could not be turned over I always felt secure with her using it.

My first thought was to build wide walk ways on this acre both for Rhonda and the children's roller skates as well. However, at this time with the book sales just barely moving along I cannot do this. It then occurred to me that Rhonda would probably be able to use our drive. We will have to put in a gate and a fence across the front so no one can rush in on her unexpectedly.

For over forty years we have never depended on any agency or insurance to pick up, the costs of Rhonda' s equipment. When my husband was working and not retired, we were always over that line to qualify. The last time I looked at their wheel chairs they were the big, unwieldily, awkward designs. We have found a company that sells the small, light chair I can easily pick up and put in the trunk and it is reasonably priced. The small wheels, on the front allows her to use her legs to push herself around which is a necessity since her arms are mostly paralyzed.

Rather than to bother with all the bureaucracy, time-consuming paper work, etc. etc. my husband took a job after retirement to pay for her spa and lift. The spa was a used one and is very temperamental but he manages to keep it going. The lift was unbelievable priced. Incredibly over-priced. But, I suppose, when the taxpayers are footing the bill this is what happens. I'm thankful we were able to not take a penny of the hard-working taxpayer's money. We know how hard it is to pay those taxes. When I had the sciatic injury, the value of that water therapy was worth a mint, though.

Goals are a little like a sin; sin defined as not having hit the target you have before you. We set goals and we manage to make them, sometimes. The two book signing's over the weekend netted half of what I need for Rhonda's three wheel, low rider bicycle. Not to worry, there will be other book signing's that is if this old bod can hold together.

Rhonda's picture when she was a child:

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