For those of you who don’t know me, I am Vicki Flores; wife, mother, daughter, friend and Interior Designer. Like all type A personalities, being in control is a pretty basic need. Since I am artistic and in the design field, I have dealt with change constantly and loved to lead the charge. However, in the last few years, life has thrown a few challenges our way and my new mantra is ADAPT.
About 10 years ago, Jim and I moved from our “raising the family home” into our “empty nest” home. Megan was married and living in Kansas City and Bryan was teaching in Prague. It was finally time for us to adjust to being a couple again.
Bryan returned to Wichita several months later to begin teaching. He moved into our lower level while settling into his new job. We were all devastated when symptoms of muscle weakness lead to a diagnosis of ALS. Thankfully, he has a very slow-progressing form of the disease and was still able to manage stairs.
The Mother-designer set about setting up a disability friendly lower level. The tub was replaced with a walk-in shower complete with grab bars and seat. Bryan purchased a reclining lift chair and an electronic bed and we were good to go for a year or so.
We could see that getting up the stairs were becoming too difficult. The stair lift wouldn’t work for us, so we researched an elevator. I took a few days off from other client work to design our elevator space and was ready to sign the contract when God gave me a big wake up call!
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