A New Set of Wheels, part one

I ordered a new powerchair today! I’m really pleased with what I ordered and I think it should work really well for me.

It’s called the Sango Advanced. It’s from a Dutch brand called Dietz Power. The chair has been on the market over there for about 4 years and on the UK market for roughly 18 months. I hadn’t heard of it before it was suggested to me.

I was a bit unsure of getting a chair I’d never heard of, from a brand I’d never heard of. But having discussed (and ruled out) the latest Quickie model and tried and hated one of the Pride Quantum models I was beginning to think there wasn’t a good chair option out there for me. I was pretty disheartened the day they first came for me to trial the Sango.

I was impressed by the Sango, it seemed like there were lots of options and it would meet my needs well. When I had concerns about how something would work for me they were happy to discuss and troubleshoot. It was also a good size and it made me feel like I’d still be able to live my life in it. I hadn’t gone ahead with the Quantum last year because I didn’t think I’d be able to do the things I love in it and so preferred to keep my very battered, much loved, slowly dying Jive.

Because I’m not buying a chair to sit well, give me mobility and help with pain. I want it to do all these things but I want it to bring me fun and laughter and everything in life. I can see myself using this chair. I can see myself at Citizens Advice (I’m going back into the office this week), going on the train. Drinking cocktails, loading it down with too much shopping and covering it with mud.

A few times I’ve raced Henry, my oldest nephew, in my Jive. He always beats me. I’m told he’s looking forward to racing the new chair to see if he can still beat me. And I am too.

June Reading

I didn’t realise how much reading I’d done this month until I looked at Goodreads to write this entry.

My favourite book this month was probably The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I read The Woman in White, also by Collins, a few months ago and liked that more but I still really liked The Moonstone.

My least favourite was The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. It had sat, abandoned part read, on my shelf for years. It was weird and a bit of a slog. I basically only finished it because it’s so short. I’ve been sorting out some books to go to the charity shop and this is definitely going straight in the bag to go rather than back on the shelf.

I’ve been trying to focus a bit more on reading books from Boxall’s 1001 books you must read before you die lists to meet my goal of 40 from the combined list (all of the books which have ever been on any edition of the list, think that’s 1315 books or thereabouts). Those books are marked with a *

  1. The Human Division by John Scalzi
  2. The End of All Things by John Scalzi
  3. The Chalet School and Barbara by Elinor M. Brent Dyer
  4. Tom Tackles The Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent Dyer
  5. A Taste of Home by Heidi Swain
  6. A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton
  7. The Highland Twins At The Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer
  8. Howards End by E.M. Forster*
  9. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  10. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins*
  11. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks*

So far in 2021 I have read 44 books or 15,086 pages.