Wednesday, May 10, 2006
This pic taken by an obliging passerby who was giving StickCam funny looks, not to mention my antics as I got to grips with the chair.
It cost £295 (*gasp!*) but oh, it's lovely. Super-lightweight, easy to take apart, all the adjustable, extremely comfy, very stylish...
Of course it is still a wheelchair.
I would very much rather not be using it.
And when I'm not accompanied by someone who can push me, then frankly the stick is easier - I can lean on the chair in much the same way as one would lean on a zimmer frame, and it's lovely to sit down when you like (as I did today when I took it home via the beach), but you don't half get funny looks when you lever yourself out of a wheelchair with a walking stick and then start pushing the chair.
BUT, all that aside, having my own chair is a big part of acceptance. It will make a lot of things a lot easier, for myself and for the people who worry about me. I know my sister for one would rather push me in a chair round the shops, than watch me slowly limp along in pain before crumpling in a heap of tearful requests for some painkillers and a taxi home.
NICE PEOPLE TODAY:
-The staff at the mobility place, who cheerfully talked me through every option on wheelchairs and then when I'd chosen one, sat with me practising taking it apart and putting it together.
-The female customer in the "Thatched Cottage" cafe on the seafront who left her place in the queue to help carry my tray to a table for me.
-And the man who saved her place in the queue.
-The elderly couple who struck up a conversation with me about learning to use a wheelchair, and kindly took this photo with StickCam.
NASTY PEOPLE TODAY: None.
at 8:19 pm