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

    Miles on my Tyres

    I go pretty much everywhere out of the house in my powerchair (the only place I go with any regularity in the manual is sailing).  And I get there in the powerchair.  I don’t as a general rule use taxis as they are difficult to find around here (accessible ones) and expensive. Plus I live very very close to the train station and close to town so it’s not really necessary. On a daily basis I would say I probably do two or three miles in the powerchair as it’s probably somewhere in the region of two miles to do a round trip to town.  I say probably, I’ve never…

  • 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,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Wheeling on Broken Glass

    I have solid tyres on my wheelchairs. It’s one of the key things I insist on in a wheelchair. I’ve not had a chair with air tyres since my first year at uni and I’ve never had a powerchair with air tyres.  I know a lot of people aren’t keen on solids and find them uncomfortable but I’ve never noticed any difference between comfort of air or solid tyres. Mentally however it’s huge.  I feel safe with solid tyres and it’s not something I have to worry about. I remember the last time I got a puncture in a wheelchair really clearly.  I was at uni (in my first year)…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Fake

    As I wrote a few days ago, I’m getting a new powerchair.  I was very upset when I first discovered I needed a new one but then I made a conscious decision to see that as a good thing. I’m getting a bit sick of telling people this story but it’s important background to something else I want to write so I’ll share it here. The last Bank Holiday weekend my footplate on the powerchair broke.  For as much as I’m always breaking the damn things on the manual chair (see also: “designed to break” and file it under bullshit excuses) I’ve never broken one on the powerchair.  I don’t…

  • 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…

  • 2015,  fun stuff,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  video

    A Powerchair’s Eye View

    I’ve been lent a gorilla pod after a couple of us who are working on a video project wondered about the possibility of using one to mount a camera on my powerchair. It works really well mounting the camera on the armrest of my powerchair and I’ve enjoyed playing with it.  But the videos make it very clear just how bad the squeak of my chair is – the tech who came out last week did succeed in replacing the wheel with the busted tyre but his attempt at sorting my squeak was a big failure. Here’s a powerchair’s eye view of my trip to the park this evening (video…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Q is for…

    Q is for Quickie Salsa M My powerchair is a Quickie Salsa M so what else to write about for Q? I use it daily and pretty much if I leave the house I do so in my powerchair. It’s my independence and so much more than that it’s my freedom. These pictures were taken on the day I got it and it’s no where near as clean looking and is a little battered, three years later. It is however very well loved and a brilliant tool. Despite having had to have many parts replaced and it needing more maintenance than I believe it should do I wouldn’t be without…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  crafts,  creative writing class,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  photos,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    ♥ I got my powerchair back yesterday and I took it out for a very long wander around this afternoon. I came back cold but with the cobwebs well and truly blown away and feeling happier. (An Instagram I took as proof I went out and because I thought it looked nice. Road, trees, sky, cars going past and the power station in the distance) ♥ I can’t remember if I posted here that I was going to take the creative writing class again. It was going to be a five week class with the same tutor I had before. The first one was last week but the rest have…

  • 2013,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    A properly poorly powerchair (part two)

    I wrote most of this Thursday and ran out of time to finish it and then forgot about it! So I got a phone call from the powerchair technician earlier tonight. He’d fixed both the problems he’d found on Monday, replaced my battered arm rests and fitted my new batteries. It was on track for me to have it back tomorrow. All good. But you know when you can just hear in someone’s voice that there’s a but coming? I don’t really know him but was getting that feeling. And unfortunately there was. A pretty big but too. He’d fitted one of the new tyres I requested this afternoon and…

  • 2013,  freedom,  frustrations,  NaNoWriMo,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  so you had a bad day,  trains,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Properly Poorly Powerchair

    I’ve got a poorly powerchair. I’ve known for a fe weeks that it didn’t feel right but I couldn’t put together what was wrong with it. Then mum and I went to Oxford to see The Mousetrap and on our way to the station afterwards (I had gone in early for drinks with a friend) she said the back of my chair struck her as wrong. When we got back to the station she had a properly look as we had time before the train and said she wasn’t sure. But I mentioned that I’d thought it felt off and had had a feeling it was something on the front…