• 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    Miles on My Tyres

    I’ve had my new powerchair for two months now. I don’t want to write very much as I’m stressed and I’m tired and I don’t want to write a moany post about everything that’s going on.  It’s not been a good week or so in many ways as it’s been stupidly busy and there were some unexpected problems both minor and not quite so minor (although it’s not all been bad as amongst all the stress I managed two trips to Oxford to see friends and an evening out at a Jo Caulfield show). What I did want to make a note of somewhere and my blog is as good…

  • 2016,  Uncategorized

    The Curious Case of Number 11

    I ordered something from Amazon a few days ago.  This morning I got an email that it had been shipped and would be here by Thursday. Then I got another email that it was out for delivery. It came to 3:30 and time to leave for sailing (early due to the dark nights) and I didn’t have a parcel.  I knew it wouldn’t fit through the letter box but I wasn’t desperate for it so if it ended up back ats the depot it wasn’t a big deal.  Off we went on the off chance we could have a sail and I put it out of my mind. Usually I…

  • 101 in 1001,  2016,  Paralympics,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the small things in life worth mentioning but perhaps not worth an entry of their own I have several part written blog entries and a few others that I’ve thought seriously about but not posted. These may or may not see the light of day. This week is likely to be the last sail of the season.  They’ve not said as much but given how early we’ll have to be off the water I can’t see managing the week after.  I both am and am not ready for the season to be over. I have some exciting plans for the off season For the past few weeks I’ve been…

  • 2016,  C-A-B,  disability,  disability normal,  Uncategorized

    An Unexpected Revelation

    At CAB today we did some training on how to support clients who are appealing disability benefit decisions. What to do, what type of information to put in the various letters (for mandatory reconsideration) or forms (for appeal). And the subject of getting dressed came up. So we covered  the need to check how long it takes, do they avoid certain items of clothing or look for certain fastenings because that’s the only type they can put on (for example I can dress myself but I mostly wear trousers I can pull on and don’t wear socks as I can’t get them on and my shoes sometimes fall off as…

  • 2016,  mental health,  photos,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Spotted at the Sailing Club

    There are, perhaps, five Tuesday evening sails left this year.  I personally suspect only four but five is most likely and the most it could be is six.  Although the person who runs sailability always says when asked “we try to keep sailing until the clocks change” I think I’ve only ever sailed in October once.  In a way I look forward to the off season and what that will bring – I have a couple of very exciting things planned for October and later in the year.  But most of me isn’t ready for the hot day, sunshine and sailing to come to an end.  How can it be…

  • 2016,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    The First 50 Miles

    Last Wednesday I did my 50th mile in my new powerchair.  I was in Bournemouth for the day.  I’ve been meaning to write this entry ever since but I’m finally doing it because if I don’t I’ll have to write it tomorrow and title it “the first 60 miles” In that time I’ve Been for coffee with two different groups of friends Wandered around town a lot just trying it out and seeing what it can do. Done errands and supermarket trips and other boring things. Realised that I will not be able to get my hair cut in this chair Got on a train for the first time in…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Jive Talkin’ (part two)

    Part two of my review of my new Quickie Jive M Hybrid. This is more my thoughts and experiences now I’ve had it a week. Part one is here. I have got on very well with it although I have had a few problems but the tech came back out on Wednesday to troubleshoot (a return visit for troubleshooting was always planned but had to take place much sooner than we had intended due to two full blown problems rather than the niggles we expected) and these appear fully resolved. I got the version with swing away footplates as opposed to a footboard (I like the look of a footboard…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Jive Talkin’ (part one)

    I got my new powerchair just over a week ago which means as requested it’s time to give it a review.  This will be a two part blog as it was getting a little long for one entry.  This entry is more about what I’ve got on the chair as opposed to my thoughts on it. I have a Quickie Jive M Hybrid. The M means I have the midwheel drive version.  I got my first midwheel drive chair by accident when I bought a barely used second hand one and ever since I’ve insisted on midwheel drive as they have such a smaller turning circle which means they can…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve read two books this week (well, one was an audiobook but I always count that as reading). I’m on “staycation” for the next week (although I’ve actually not been to CAB this week due to an issue with the new powerchair) with lots of chill time and fun things that involve train trips planned so I suspect next week’s list will be a lot longer! The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoood. I first read this years ago when it came up in conversation with one of my CAB colleagues and she lent it to me.  It was both my first Atwood and my first dystopia.  I’ve gone on to…

  • 2016,  action3,  jay3,  laterals,  Uncategorized

    Wheelchair Woes

    So I was really happy. I finally after nine weeks+ had two working wheelchairs. My manual for the house (and the little bit out the house I use it for) and an absolutely amazing new powerchair that – teething problems aside – blows my mind. Only my manual had been making a really terrible noise intermittantly along with moments of not feeling right. I had no idea what was wrong with it and it was so intermittant that I didn’t see the point of calling the NHS maintenance team. I just knew they’d come out and it would be working fine at that point and it would be a waste…