Transferring me from my wheelchair to the couch can look very different depending on the person transferring me. Mark has the transfer down perfectly. He lifts me up, guides me to the couch, sits me down and with one single swoop he lifts my legs onto the couch with his right arm and with his left arm he supports my head and neck and gently lays my head on the pillow. Kelly and Bryan are pretty good at the transfer but Chad and Corey still need some practice because sometimes they miss my pillow and then we start laughing as they tug and pull my body to the pillow.
Laughing is a bad way to start the transfer because my legs always buckle when I laugh. One evening my friend Cindy was visiting while Mark was gone. For some crazy reason Cindy and I thought we were strong enough to do the transfer ourselves. Cindy is very strong but also very short. We formulated a plan but our first two attempts didn’t work because we were laughing too much. Our third attempt was successful but it wasn’t perfect. After leaving my wheelchair and heading for the couch I fell and landed on the opposite side of the couch that we were aiming for and Cindy landed on the floor. We were surprised that we didn’t hurt ourselves but it made for a great laugh.