You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that my first post was written in March and it is now December! No I didn’t have a baby but life did get in the way!
My original plan was to get this blog up and running in time to write up my impressions of Naidex. Naidex is one of, if not the biggest disability show of the year, showcasing products, services, advice and a healthy dose of inspiration for disabled people. Obviously this didn’t happen and the main reason is that I had to learn how to fix wordpress before I could use it, alongside ‘requesting’ an increase in my Direct Payments from Social Services. Many of you know how relaxing that is! I have managed to have some fun along the way and thought I would give you a quick summary of what I’ve been up to over the past months.
If you can’t find a product that meets your needs then there is help out there. We all know disability equipment is expensive and a company called Remap will adapt what you already have or in some circumstances, create a new solution for you. I contacted them to help me adapt my standing chair so that I could transfer into it more easily. Also, on the subject of access, I had smart lighting and heating installed along with a Gerberit wash and dry toilet in my flat. These things will help me be more comfortable and independent in my own home.
Cars and Wheelchairs
This year was also the year that my Motability car lease was up so I was kept busy researching car models that would fit me and my life in it for the next three years. I eventually chose a Fiat Doblo, passenger upfront conversion. I also received my new TDX SP2 wheelchair from Birmingham Wheelchair Services. I now have two working power chairs, a month ago I didn’t have any as my privately brought, Powerchair, decided it needed repairing. In my experience support and equipment are like buses. You wait ages hoping for an appointment and or a piece of equipment and then everything happens at once! I’m not complaining, it feels great to know I now have a back up chair should things go pear shaped. I’d love to hear of your own experiences.
I visit my local theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, at least twice a month. I love going to the theatre, it’s accessible and fun. Look out for more posts about my theatre adventures 🙂 I’ve seen a lot of productions in the past nine months including Kinky Boots and Hamilton.
As you see it’s been a busy time. I’m planning on updating regularly from now on. I have my OT assessment on the 10th December in connection with my Direct Payment budget request. Wish me luck!