Living Alone: I Survived Day One, Almost!

Housekeeping is not difficult. It is tedious and time-consuming, what more with my limited limb dexterity and poor postural balance. Today is the first time I prepared and cooked a complete meal by myself since becoming wheelchair-bound. In between that, I loaded the laundry into the washing machine and hung it up to dry later. Those were the easier chores. The cleaning up after in the kitchen is one task I find no pleasure in doing. Scrubbing the greasy wok was a messy affair when the sudsy water was splashing all over the place. This is something I will have to get used to. Still, so far so good. I am going to make it through the first day unscathed.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

13 thoughts on “Living Alone: I Survived Day One, Almost!”

  1. you’re doing great, pal! keep it up and remmeber that you’ll alwix have support from friends here reading on your blog 🙂

  2. don’t worry peter, once you get used to your new, it’d all become very automated. 😛 you know, when i first started living out (in penang) i found it initially tedious to wash my own clothes (by hand), get my own meals (mee magie!), etc. but as time went by, the going got easier and i found pleasure in doing these tasks.

  3. Peter, you sure can do it and you’ll be fine. The picture of the rubber seed bring back the memories of my childhood.

  4. sHee,
    Thank you.

    I would rather occupy my time trying than to mope about what I cannot do. Thanks.

    hairy knee,

    I hope so too. Thanks for the encouragement.

    That is the seed of a rubber tree.

    When I saw that for the first time after a long while, it brought back a lot of memories too. 😀

    One day at a time…

    I am afraid steaming will be a problem because it will have difficulty removing it from the steamer right after. But thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Peter, nowadays..can even steam in the microwave oven dee.. No need to jaga the fire, no need to worry ’bout everything drying up.. easy to remove frm the microwave oven later on.. *grin*

  6. lynnee,
    I am not very fond of food cooked with a non-stick pan. And I ddo not cook enough rice to be able to put things on top of it for steaming.

    I do not have a microwave oven. No place for it in my kitchen also.

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