• 2017,  antidepressants,  Citalopram,  courage,  depression,  disability,  fluoxetine,  perceptions,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Sertraline

    A Little Bit of Life

    (I am surprised that with nearly 2000 entries on this site I’ve never used the title A Little Bit of Life before) Two bits of not so brilliant but they could be much worse news are in my life at the moment.  I don’t think dominating my life is the right term but they are definitely big factors in everything right now.  And not easy. Life is never easy. I will start with the slightly easier one first – my powerchair is broken. The easiest way to explain it is to say it has a broken castor.  It’s more complicated than that because of the spider-trac but basically it’s not…

  • 2017,  attitudes,  disability,  Uncategorized

    What Have You Done Today To Make You Feel Proud?

    (title is a lyric from the Heather Small song Proud) A few days ago an acquaintance heard I’d done something and was really impressed. She was trying to encourage me to write about it for Tenants Times because doing so could inspire other people and it was a big deal what I’ve done. I was frustrated by that conversation because I couldn’t see what the big deal was and I don’t understand why it’s news and people who don’t know me would be interested in it. Plus all I could see was it turning into some form of inspiration porn even if I was the one to write it. I…

  • 2016,  disability,  freedom,  good things,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    Miles on my tyres

    I’ve officially had the Jive for three months now.   And I’m pleased ro report that I didn’t come anywhere near falling out of my chair in month three so that’s an improvement on the previous two months.  I did freak people out on two occasions but I think that’s always going to be the case with this chair because of how the spider-trac suspension works – when i go up a steep ramp it shoves me really down onto my back castors and the front castors come slightly off the ground. I did 93 miles in my chair this month and set a new record for the most miles…

  • 2016,  attitudes,  complaints,  courage,  CP related,  customer service,  disability,  Uncategorized

    So Take Me As I Am

    (title is a lyric from the Meredith Brooks song Bitch) A couple of weeks ago I was asked how I’d enjoyed a show I went to by a member of staff there who I know. I had enjoyed it but there had been one thing that had happened – which was tangentally access related – that had really irritated me.  It was totally inconsequential and unlikely to be repeated but it had had an impact on my enjoyment and they asked so… I said “If I could just make one slightly bitchy point….” More recently than that I discovered that the actions of someone else have left me with a…

  • 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,  disability,  Paralympics,  Uncategorized

    Yes I Can

    Channel 4 have a released an advert for the upcoming Paralympic Games.  It’s once again based around the “superhumans” concept they used when broadcasting the Paralympics in 2012. I like this advert. I like the way it shows lots of disabled people doing both sport and everyday things like brushing their teeth.  I like how it makes disability both an in your face thing you can’t avoid and a normal thing. I also especially like the fact that signed, subtitled and audio described versions are available making this a really inclusive, accessible advert. That’s fantastic. At the same time I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of things about how…

  • 2016,  disability,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Promises to Keep

    When I ordered my new powerchair (8th June) I was told it would take between 4 and 6 weeks to come but the manufacturer (Sunrise Medical) had been told it was urgent.  And if I’m completely honest I didn’t believe that was going to make any difference.  But my previous chair was from the same manufacturer and came really quickly so I was hopeful it would be on the sooner end of that estimate. 5 weeks later I asked my supplier if they had any news of when I’d get the chair and if not could they get me an update.  And it turned out Sunrise had decided that my…

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

    An Evening in the Pub

    I wasn’t going to blog about this but one of the others on my journalism course suggested I should. Earlier this week a bunch of us from CAB went to a pub in a nearby town to eat.  It was our post Christmas, Christmas social (we always have it in January).  It’s not a town or pub I know. But based on what I’d heard of the access I didn’t have alarm bells ringing Then we got to the pub and as my colleague drove past the main entrance and into the car park I could see it had a step. I didn’t know about that step. Across the dark…

  • 2016,  disability,  Uncategorized

    In defense of First World Problems

    I’m annoyed. I’ve seen a few blogs over the last few weeks suggesting that a good new year’s resolution would be to ditch First World Problems.  We should ask ourselves about our worries and decide if they really matter, recognise how lucky we are to not have more serious problem and then move on. But here’s the thing. I had what some might consider a first world problem this week. Many people would hear what I was stressing about and wonder what the hell I was worried about. I’d found a solution, it was something I’d been thinking about doing anyway and I could afford it so why was I…

  • 2016,  disability,  lyrics,  Uncategorized,  video,  wheelchair

    Parody

    I love music.  And I love parody songs. Sometimes I hear the parody songs first and then discover the ones they’re based on – because I rarely listen to the radio a lot of new songs seem to pass me by for a while lately. At the moment I’m particularly enjoying this parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor – All About That Change.  It’s especially cool because it’s a parody that Meghan Trainor sings herself (along with James Corden who I’ve never really seen much of).  Apt for this time of year and it made me laugh. But if I’m honest the number one parody song is…