Reflections after I "wheelchaired" for the first time

SnappingTurtle

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After skipping many outdoor family activities for many months, I was able to join in one recently with the use of a wheelchair.

The good:
I made it outside (am housebound and often in bed).
I was able to cover much ground since family members pushed the chair.
I could occasionally stand then rest in chair.
I could observe and enjoy my children more.

The bleh:
People stared.
Chair cannot recline and didn't help when I started to feel lightheaded.
Realized too late that I didn't know how to make turns in the thing.
At one point, was left unattended. Felt isolated and forgotten.
Couldn't just up and leave, reminded I was handicapped.

I now have a better appreciation for anyonw who has to use a wheelchair, and for ADA accommodations. Thank you to those of you who have forged the path ahead. Sorry to be joining the ranks.
 
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I now have a better appreciation for anyonw who has to use a wheelchair, and for ADA accommodations. Thank you to those of you who have forged the path ahead. Sorry to be joining the ranks.
That must have been very very strange. I've only done it: at the airport- and that was strange enough.

No limp here! I look fine! (not, but whatever).

I was able to cover much ground since family members pushed the chair.
It recently occured to me that I'm too weak to push my own wheel chair around, if I had one. Arms- I'd crash using a chair, too!

Personally I don't think an electric thing would help me either. :sluggish:

Cures: please just find cures!:angel:

At one point, was left unattended. Felt isolated and forgotten.
Couldn't just up and leave, reminded I was handicapped.
To cope with this part, maybe you need some good narrative jokes or one liners-

HELLO OVER THERE!!!!! I"m still OVER HERE.......(may be next time bring a big whistle with you).

HEH Remember me?

OK, no more free rides for anybody else.....
 

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At one point, was left unattended. Felt isolated and forgotten.
Couldn't just up and leave, reminded I was handicapped.
I use an electric wheelchair. That helps in being more indepedent.

It's certainly not fun to realize you are sick enough to need a chair. But it does give you ability to do more and that's important. I think it's good too, to normalize needing a chair. The more of us there are, the less we will get stare at.