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

    Any Colour You Want (As Long As It’s Black)

    I am, unexpectedly, getting a new powerchair.  The reasons behind that are long and irritating and frankly I’ll get to them in another entry tomorrow. One of the really good things about getting a new powerchair is something I think some people outside of my immediate family are having trouble understanding. I got to choose the colour.  I’m excited about that.  My Quickie Salsa M (most recent powerchair) was red with silver swing away footplates because that was the only colour it’s available in. It’s a nice red but I wouldn’t have chosen it.  My Jazzy 1121 (powerchair before that) was technically second hand so I got the green the…

  • CP related,  disability blog carnival,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Milestones – The 75TH Disability Blog Carnival!

    >Welcome to the 75th Disability Blog Carnival!  I chose the theme Milestones based solely on the fact that 75 seems to be a huge number! I have to say I didn’t realise when I chose the theme that the day of the carnival would be a bit of a milestone day for me.  And yet the sort of milestone that only another crip can truly understand the meaning of. My powerchair broke down almost four weeks ago.  It’s been a long and complicated road to getting it working again.  And it’s been really hard.  Today it returned home, cleaned, with new tires and with the fault fixed.  I’ve been treating…

  • disability,  down,  Family,  fluoxetine,  friends,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >I’ve Had Enough

    > It’s three and a half weeks since my powerchair broke down.   And I’ve done relatively well since then.  I’m proud of how well I’ve done in fact.  I’ve done more wheeling in my manual chair than I probably have in years.  Admittedly I was in a lot of pain for two days after with a very sore neck and achy shoulders but doing so felt good. And the tears have only fallen once (although they came close to coming again this morning.).  A big part of that is probably my antidepressant – but that’s why I take it and a big proof that it’s working. Wheelchair repairs taking…

  • DLA,  jazzy,  naidex,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Updatey Updateness on the Powerchair Armageddon Situation.

    >I heard from the wheelchair engineers first thing this morning.  They’ve made some adjustments my chair and got it working again by bending some frayed wires and reconnecting them (I think) but asked if I wanted the piece properly replacing.  Baring in mind that they said “it could last a week or it could last six months” and the replacement part is much less than anticipated (as its a different part to the worst case scenario part they thought and told me about) I told them to go ahead and replace it.  They’ve also managed to get the freewheel working again – it was just disconnected or had worked I…

  • films,  jazzy,  memories,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Disassemble

    >My powerchair was picked up this morning to be taken to the workshop.  They’re going to take it to pieces and try and work out what’s going on.  Something was mentioned this morning about hooking it up to a computer or some such but I don’t know anything about that.  I don’t know how long it’ll be gone because it depends if it needs parts (which we think it probably will) and I’ve also asked them to replace the tyres while they have it.  Even more expense but better to do it all in one hit. One of my favourite films as a child was Short Circuit.  There’s a totally…

  • disability,  Family,  friends,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >A Broken Powerchair and The Big Society

    >My powerchair has an intermittant fault.  It broke down Sunday last week and stranded me in the middle of Oxford. It was working again after a while so the next day I went to the pool in it.  It broke down again in the changing room at the pool.  Then it started working again and on the advice of the wheelchair engineers I kept using it (although I didn’t go out for a few days) as it needed to happen again before it could be fixed.  This Monday it broke down again in CAB and we couldn’t even freewheel it so I had to leave it there.  The repair guy…

  • action3,  jay3,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >If My Chairs’ Had a Voice – A Blog for International Wheelchair Day

    >Today is International Wheelchair Day. As such the wheelchairs that are part of this A Writer In A Wheelchair blog are having there say after I dreamt of blogging a photo of my powerchair with a “I am in disgrace” sign on it. Because it is. Long story and it’s all on twitter anyway. My powerchair speaks… [A photo of my Pride Jazzy 1121 powerchair with a piece of paper with what she wants to say handwritten on it.] Happy International Wheelchair Day! I am a powerchair usually loved but currently in disgrace.  I broke down twice in 2 days, taking Emma’s freedom, making her housebound.  I’m not lucky enough…