Hello to my Windows Live friends. Some of you read my last blog about my quest for a contraption that would allow me to move about under my own power.
Due to my physical limitations (caused by lung disease) I can’t stand hardly at all, and can only walk a few steps before needing to sit down. I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor in stores.
My other option (until now) was being pushed around in a wheelchair by my hubby. But, my legs work perfectly fine (for legs over 50 years old, that is). I also can’t use my arms to wheel the chair around because the strain of my arms makes my lungs have to work too hard.
So, I never could go anywhere without my hubby pushing me around. I also don’t drive anymore because I never know when I’m going to feel light headed and dizzy because of lack of air. My body is two out of shape to get the blood and oxygen to any given part of body quickly enough.
During the time my lung disease was at its worse, I sat in my lazy boy chair a lot more than I do now. I can’t stand up without help. I’m really a mess.
My doctor told me last week that I really need to get some exercise. She said exercise would help me to feel better. Exercise? How? So as I said in my last blog entry, it came to me that an adult tricycle would be the perfect “wheelchair” for me.
So, over the weekend, I got a 24” Miami Sun Trike, pictured above. I only is a one-speed, but they are made for the weak and elderly, and the one gear is geared low for easier maneuverability. (I can’t believe I spelled that right on the first try) The store owner told me I wouldn’t need more than that one speed. (I love it when a shop owner would rather tell the truth than make more money!)
The three speeds, what I thought I needed, are only for going up hills, and are a lot more expensive. It was less than $400 including tax and assembly. Not expensive at all for a custom wheelchair! If I had been more patient, I could have ordered a PINK one (I love pink). But, I got one in blue. It’s just as functional, and I got it NOW.
For the last two days, I have been pedaling around my neighborhood for ten minutes at a time a couple of times a day! There is a great big seat, so I am sitting, but I get to move my legs. It’s the idea situation!
I can’t find the words to explain how exhilarating it is to be able to more around UNDER MY OWN POWER!! I have been totally helpless during the day while my hubby is at work for TWO YEARS. Two years of waiting for my husband to come and take me away from these four walls. (I have a nice backyard, but it does not always help the cabin fever).
I talked to my mother last night (in another state), and she was amazed at how happy I sounded. (how unlike me! tee hee).
So, what took me so long to blog about it? In my computer time the last two days, I’ve been trying to research rules and regulations about what a “wheelchair” is. This is my ONLY way of being independently mobile. So, what am I going to tell the security guard at the mall when he tells me bikes aren’t allowed? I want to be prepared with research.
Edited to add: Why didn’t I think of this before? I just called the Security Office of my local mall where I want to take my “wheelchair”. I told him the situation, that I can’t stand or walk easily, but I can sit on a tricycle seat and pedal my way around. He told me that was perfectly fine! He told me if anybody makes a fuss, just tell them I have permission from the mall security office. Now, wasn’t that easy?
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