I’m back| America Update

Wow… 2 months… didn’t realise it was that long! I have got some big news for you…

I want to start by apologising for not being very active with this blog or my various social medias in the last couple of months. I have had a bit of a stressful and busy time in my personal life recently and it took a toll on my physical and mental health. I needed to take a step back from all of this, and planning America, to deal with the things going on and to ‘reboot’ as I like to call it. Anyway! Enough of that, on to why you’re here!

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen a photo album I posted from my most recent trip to the Virgin Atlantic Aeroplane simulator rig last month. If you missed it, or would simply like to see the photos again, here’s a link to said album. It was a great visit. This time my sister joined me, my mum and my PCA (personal care assistant). The aim for this visit was to attempt to put me in one of the aeroplane seats, specifically one that would be like the seat I’ll be travelling in. It was, uh, let’s say… an enlightening experience. I couldn’t really sit on the seat comfortably for a extended period of time and to just be able to sit I needed my sister to sit in front of me and hold my knees to stop me sliding forward and my PCA on my left side propping me up with a pillow to stop me keeling over sideways… It wasn’t painful, just incredibly awkward. This led to discussions about trying to get a seating system that I could sit safely and comfortably in that would fix to the aeroplane seat. However as my body acts something like a rag doll when not in my wheelchair, I would need something quite complex to sit in, so unfortunately that solution had to be dismissed. Which brought us back to the original way for me to fly, the way we were hoping to avoid – lying down.

As I’ve said before in a previous post, flying lying down will be difficult because I have to go through all the risk assessments etc. etc…. Until that assessment is completed I cannot realistically do much more planning for America because if I get told I cannot fly lying down, then I need to re-evaluate the whole trip. Frustrating as!

I guess this neatly brings us on to the big news I have to tell you… well not exactly ‘big news’, but news nonetheless. I’ve decided, because of this delay with knowing if I can fly or not, to postpone going to America until next year. It makes the most logical sense. I’m going to be honest with you though, making the decision to postpone the trip was difficult and I was quite dejected at the decision – BUT, I want this trip to be the best it can be and I’d rather do it right than rush it you know?

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the amazingly supportive people I’ve got in my life who have been behind me all the way with organising this trip – you know who you are!

Just a short one this time, sorry guys! Keep an eye out next week for an exciting development – well, exciting for me anyway! Thanks for reading and staying with me after my silence – I truly appreciate it. If this is the first post of mine you have read: Hey! Thanks for coming!

Until next time. Kx

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