I do have more posts about animals and death in the planning stages but my week away took a lot more out of me than expected so they are at the coming soon point…!
My week away brings me to the subject of this blog post, what my wheelchair vehicle (WAV) means to me, because without it the holiday would have been very different.
I’ve had my WAV for nearly two months now. It’s a Peugeot Rifter and both my electric and manual wheelchair fit in it which is a huge difference to only being able to take a manual chair in the boot of a car. The latter means that I have to be pushed by a carer. So what has my wonderful WAV let me do?
I went to Beverley to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Being in my electric chair meant I could move through at my pace without having to tell someone and I could see the pictures better as my electric chair is higher up.
We drove over to Hebden Bridge to see a friend of mine. We went to Osmotherley to walk around Cod Beck Reservoir. It was much more comfortable and less painful being in my electric wheelchair and it meant that my carer could walk along beside me which makes it much easier to talk to her!
We went to Scarborough and because I was able to take my electric wheelchair, I was able to spend time someone without my carer being the third wheel. Whilst I love my carers and they are great, I don’t always want them literally looking over my shoulder as they push me.
Of course the biggest thing that my WAV has made possible was my holiday. We were able to drive down south, meet my lovely friend and do little day trips. Again, being in my electric wheelchair makes a huge difference to my experience. I am much more comfortable, less battered and bruised, am able to talk to my carer and can move around on my own. I no longer have to try and guide a carer into the position for me to take a photo – left a bit, right a bit, no back a bit… And my electric wheelchair is a little higher so when we go places like the zoo, I can see over the railings more easily.
Without my electric wheelchair, we couldn’t have gone to most of the places we visited because for some reason all the paths were gravel which is incredibly hard to push a manual wheelchair through. As it was, I did get stuck a couple of times with my wheels skidding. In my manual chair, not only is it a nightmare for the carer doing the pushing, it’s painful for me and it undermines a lot of the enjoyment of the trip.
I am loving the freedom that my WAV is giving me and the ability to use my electric wheelchair wherever we go. I am very aware that the benefits system has many faults but I am so grateful that I’ve been able to use mine with the motability scheme to get my WAV.
Bring on more trips and days out!