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May 4, 2007

My cushion is here!

Filed under: Disability, Health, Hints & Tips, Life, Reviews, Wheelchair — Kim & Sophie @ 11:14 pm

roho2Today I got my cushion.  Does this sound familiar?  It should!  Not too long ago I was writing about getting another cushion!  Unfortunatly, it didn’t work out.  I tried the cushion for awhile, but realized that I wouldn’t be able to use it on my new wheelchair because when it was bent a tiny bit a huge wrinkle would form across the whole cushion.  My new wheelchair is going to have an ergonomic seat.  This means that the last 6 inches of the seat will be level with the ground, then the frame bends.  I need a cushion that can sit on the frame and bend at the same angle.  The Roho Quadtro Select cushion will do just that!  Of course it is made of rubber, which isn’t the best when you have a latex allergy like I have, but if I’m really careful I don’t have to actually touch any of the rubber.

I really like this cushion.  There’s a sliding button on the front.  If you push it one way it lets the air circulate throughout the whole cushion, but if you slide it the opposite way the air is trapped in four different sections.  This makes the cushion more stable.  I can’t sit on other Roho cushions because they don’t have this, and they are way too unstable.  With this cushion I can also have more air in the front two sections and less in the back two.  smoothieThis helps with sitting balance, and I can also push more air out of one of the back sections so my pelvis is level when sitting!  It’s great!

I took a break while writing this to watch the movie “Cars“.  I watched most of it with Julian the last time he was here, but I fell asleep and missed a lot of it.  It was good. 

Earlier tonight I decided to try out my new cushion and went to the grocery store to get a few things.  I also stopped to get a strawberry and banana smoothie, but I swear the girl just made me a strawberry one.  I didn’t realize this until I was home.  Sophie had a doggy sundae!  They put a spoonful of vanilla ice cream in a dish with a milk bone stuck in it!  She loves them.  I always have to pick the milk bone out and feed it to her though, because she tries to eat all of the ice cream too.  Tonight she ate a big mouthful of ice cream and had it all over her tongue and was licking her tongue out like crazy!  It was sooo cute!

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My new wheelchair is delayed

Filed under: Disability, Health, Life, What were they thinking?!, Wheelchair — Kim & Sophie @ 11:11 pm

sadI’ve been counting down the days until my new wheelchair is suppose to arrive!  I’m so excited about it and it will be sooo great having a wheelchair that actually fits me!  I’ll even be able to use both arms at the same time!  Right now I always have to hold myself up with one arm while I use the other one. 

Today I found out that instead of my wheelchair being shipped on May 7th, it’s delayed and wont be shipped until the 14th!  I’ve been waiting since May 2nd and I’m getting really inpatient!  Today within an hour I got two differnt stories from two different people at Sportaid, and I have vowed to never order anything else from them again!  I’d rather spend more money on something and have it ordered and delivered on time without any problems and with even half decent customer service than deal with Sportaid again!

So, hopefully I will have my wheelchair by May 16th.  (It will take a day or two to ship), and everything is ok!  Wish me lots of luck!  (I have a feeling I’m going to need it)! 

On a better note, I should get my Roho Quadtro Select cushion today!  (It is technically today because it’s 1:54am)!  It is rubber, and since I’m allergic to latex I’ll have to be very careful not to actually touch the cushion or any rubber parts, but once the cover is on it should be fine.  I couldn’t sit on the old Roho cushions because they were too unstable, but this cushion has four air compartments so it should work.  (Again, wish me luck)!  I’ll write an update about the cushion when I get it, and with any luck I’ll be writing about my new wheelchair in less than 12 days!

May 1, 2007

Blogging Against Disablism 2007

Filed under: Accessibility, Disability, Health, Hints & Tips, Life, Wheelchair — Kim & Sophie @ 11:30 pm

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2007When I read about “Blogging Against Disablism Day” I though it was a great idea and that I would take part in it.

I’ll admit I had to think about the whole “discrimination” thing before I started writing.  My question was “have I been discriminated against since I moved here last December?  I thought about this realized that the little things count too.

For instance, there is a mall close by called “Lenox Square”  The first time we went there we parked in the parking deck, got out of the car and tried to find an exit.  The only one we could find had stairs going up one level.  There was disabled parking in this area, but no way for anyone who had to use the spaces to get out!  We thought about going out the way the cars came in, but we couldn’t do that either.  The sidewalk didn’t have a curb cut.  We had to get back in the car and find somewhere else to park.  The next time we went to this mall we thought to make it easier we would take the train.  We got to the mall entrance, went down a long hill, and as we got to the bottom noticed that there is no way to get off the narrow sidewalk!  There was a curb cut, but there was a huge post with a gate attached for the parking lot.  It clocked off the sidewalk completely, leaving barely enough room for someone to squeeze by if they were walking.  The curb was about 6 inches high and went dirrectly into the busy entrance!  If Julian wasn’t with me I would be trapped there, not being able to get back up the hill.  He had to lift me down the curb, which was pretty dangerous, we had to stay in the street for about 200 feet before we could get on the sidewalk in front of the mall.  Is this just “ignorance” or is it “discrimination”?

Before moving here I lived in Canada.  I use to take buses quite a bit.  These were low floor buses, where the driver pushed a button the bus leaned and then a ramp came out.  The wheelchair user got onto the bus, the driver flipped up a seat and secured the wheelchair.  This whole process took about 2 or 3 minutes.  A lot of the drivers would either speed past the bus stop, or claim that the ramp was broken!  Once I explained to them that there was a loop on the side of the ramp so it could be operated manually, the ramp would always “magically” start working!  The drivers just didn’t want to have to go through the process of lifting the seat and securing 3 or 4 straps.

Not only am I a wheelchair user, but I’m also blind and have a guide dog.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been told I’m either not allowed into a building, restaurant, store, or other place of buisness because of my guide dog!  (This is totally against the law)!  I’ve even been told at a Chinese restaurant once that I had to tie her up on the street while I ate there!  (Which I didn’t of course)! 

When searching for a job some years ago I went to so many interviews.  I would either get rushed through the interview knowing that I wouldn’t be hired because they were treating me like a 5 yr old, or in some cases they would see me, tell me that the poisition was filled and take the next person waiting in for an interview!  Of course there was no way of actually “proving” this, so I’d just have to continue my search and hope for the best.

I try my best to change people’s attitudes, but sometimes this is not a very easy task.  People assume that if you can’t walk and can’t see you can’t have a life.  The way I think about this problem is if I can change one person’s attitude towards people who are disabled I have changed many peoples attitudes towards us.  If I change the way one person views us then they will hopefully pass that onto their children, and their children will pass it on to their children and so on.  We can only hope, but until then I just try to take attitudes and the discrimination I get as they come and try to change things where I can. 

I just wish people would realize that a person who happens to have a disability is still a person, and that one day they could be in that same situation!

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