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Helpful folks January 2, 2006

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Do you get patronised by other people trying to help? Im never sure if Im being patronised or not. To be honest Im usually so surprised someone is talking to me that it isnt until after the event that I think about it. Anyway to cut a story short I was in Tesco just before Christmas, killing a couple of hours doing some last minute shopping. My husband called and asked me to get a bottle of ginger wine. So I went back into the store and wheeled along until I got what I was looking for and as they say proceeded to the checkout.I was in the process of paying when this guy came round and stood in front of me and asked if I needed any help. I was polite and said no thanks but was really surprised as hey, I only had 1 bottle of ginger wine here. If it were a months shopping Id have said yes, but I think I can manage 1 bottle even if I seem like a total cripple. So was he trying to be nice or just being patronising? I dont know, I really dont have a handle on this sort of thing yet, but I suppose it will keep on happening whether I like it or not!


Welcome to the Diamond studded wheelchair January 1, 2006

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‘Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair’.

 Good old Dorothy Parker, you can guarantee she will come up with a quote on any subject under the sun. So here we have the diamond studded wheelchair and while we are at it lets make sure everyone has one. Bloody heavy I would have thought, but we are in the realms of fantasy here.

Welcome to my blog. I hope you will leave any comments or thoughts you may have on it so I know that someone somewhere is reading this occasionally. I suppose this is designed as a site for thoughts on disability. Or are we? Im not sure about this. As a fairly new wheelchair user my view of the world has changed quite a bit and so I thought I may be in a position to share a few of my experiences.

A bit about me. I live with my husband and 2 year old son in Northumberland, England. If you want the technical details I  use a chair because I have a partial spinal injury around L1. This was caused not by a dramatic accident but a congenital abnormality that no one noticed. The good old NHS basically ignored me until it was too late and the damage done. Its a bugger really but life is what you make it and my cup is always half full, not half empty. I can walk a bit, but not much as I have constant pain 24/7. I live with it, but walking is pretty grim these days so best avoided!