Yesterday was an experience and adventure day.
I have not been able to get upstairs due to stroke and am based in a room downstairs.
Our home network is largely managed from a room upstairs. My own computer is up there, inaccessible to me, so I got a cheap laptop as a stand in for now, downstairs.
We get power cuts on occasion here and I installed an auxillary power source so everything computer-wise can keep going when electricity fails.
Unfortunately my auxillary power source has itself just decided to fail. This cut all power to our home network. Access to all this is upstairs and it is complex requiring my attention.
So I needed to get up the stairs for the first time since my stroke. I slowly walked up forwards with the support of a hand rail and later came down backwards in reverse. Somehow all without incident. My wife first took up the rollator I’d just received and I used it to perch and catch my breath at the top.
I solved our problem by disconnecting the auxillary power source and rewiring to exclude it. It was a 30 minute job that took 4 hours or more. Trying to do electrical work with just one left hand is problematic.
Somehow with support and at times very worried looks from my wife we got the job done. Our home network is back up and running, I got back downstairs in one piece and put myself to bed for an hour.
Then I got up to coffee and a bacon and mushroom sandwich prepared by my wife who was visibly relieved that the adventure was over.
It is worthy of note that a lot of my post-stroke progress has been against the advice of some professionals. I do take care on my ‘adventures’ and you can be sure I have no desire to prove in some way that they were right. Also I am not recommending my ‘foolhardiness’ to others.