Touring on the HandyDart!

It was an eye-opening experience yesterday when I took the HandyDart for the first time. Most cities have some sort of transportation set-up for people who can’t use the regular bus or drive. They have systems that send out little buses with special equipment for wheelchairs etc.I’ve been told I am not allowed to drive (AAAARRRGGGH!) and with my family members working their butts off to support me in my recovery (love them to bits!), I’ve had to find an alternative to get to my physiotherapy.

I found out that if I took a cab from my house to the Arthritis Centre, where my physio is, it would cost approximately $40 each way. Gasp! And that’s with no traffic hold-ups, and where I live it is very common to have back-ups on the Trans Canada Highway! So I applied for HandyDart. I phoned and set up for Tuesdays and Thursdays. And I got a call saying they were coming at 12:25 and my appointment was 1:30. No sweat. I was ready. The driver got out; put the drop-stair down; loaded my walker and helped me up the stairs. I was all alone. I belted myself in and off we went. I was told we had one pick-up before I was delivered and we stopped to pick up an amazing couple in their mid-ninties. They were sweet and delightful. I felt so young. I got to my appointment with 20 minutes to spare.

Physio was great and I was drilled on the “do not use your abductors” at least 5 times. Sigh. I promised not to do any jumping jacks. I did my lifts and we are making sure both my legs are getting the same exercises because they need to be the same. No aerobics but nice resistance stuff and ankle weights. I guess I’m burning some calories but not quite at Tough Mudder level. I’ll sort of keep to my diet for now.

And, while i just getting unhooked, a driver came into the gym and called my name. She was early but would take me if I was ready, so,as I was done a wee bit early, I went. So at 10 to 2 I set off. Once again, I was the only rider. We had to do a pick-up way over at Elk Lake so we took a very scenic drive to get there. It was beautiful. I love road trips! But we hit a bump and my purse slipped off the seat, upside down and a bunch of stuff fell out. CRAP! The driver asked if I would like her to pull over so we could pick it all up. I said, “Yes, Please, I’m not supposed to bend over at the waist to the floor.” She was wonderful and all was put right and I zipped the bag. She said that what went on the floor was way better than some of the things that happened on the buses. I did not want to know!!!!!

Our pick up was at a sheltered workshop and the lady was fun and very talkative. Off we went, the long way to the western communities and the driver got a call for a pick-up Starbucks. There are a couple out here, so, after that was straightened out we stopped to pick up a young blind girl. Off we went and dropped her off and close by, the first woman, then off to my neck of the woods. It’s pretty far out of Victoria but HandyDart  knows my street well. We have a couple of people who are scheduled mornings and afternoons. So we see HandyDart buses on our little cul-de-sac, almost every day. I can only imagine what life would be like for people who could not get out of their houses or be involved in activities that are so good for us. Able-bodied people take way too much for granted and should (Yes, I’m shoulding on you all.) count their blessings.

It took an hour and 15 minutes for me to get home and it was the best $2.50 tour I could have hoped for. Thanks to al,l but I’m counting the minutes until I can drive myself.

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on July 18, 2012.

2 Responses to “Touring on the HandyDart!”

  1. I think a friend of mine named Trish is a handydart driver now. Was she your driver by chance?

  2. Nope. The lady driver was Donna. I hope your gardening goes well today and don’t forget to serenade the greens!

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