The Wheelie Plunge Has Been Taken – Finally…

I’ve been banging on for some time, now, about becoming a full-time wheelie, but never got round to it. There are several reasons for that. For a start it’s not wildly convenient – there are things which it will be hard or even impossible for me to do on wheels. Simple things, like getting a glass of water, for example, for which, using my manual chair, I’d need three hands, an accessible kitchen, and a tap I could actually reach (and with my meds I need a lot of water in the course of a day). In fact I can’t do anything that involves the kitchen – I can’t even get through the doorway.

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It’s wheelie time at last…

As I said on Twitter a couple of nights ago, it’s time I became a full-time wheelie. I know I said that about a year ago, but I’ve been putting it off, as it’s a step from which there might be no way back. All that’s got me, though, is a lot more pain, for longer than seems sensible, and I’ve had enough – time to bite the bullet.

Over the last few days, I’ve had a clear-out, so I’ve a lot more floor space than I had and, a couple of days ago, I checked it out with my manual chair, which was fine. A lot more comfortable that my computer chair, too, with its anatomical cushion. However, it’s a chair designed for occupation, not for Continue reading

Powerchair problems…

If you’re shopping for a powerchair, read this first. Save yourself some hassle.

On February 3 I ordered my new powerchair from Go-Active Leisure Ltd. Because of my condition, I opted for Engineer assembled delivery at a cost of £70 extra.

I wanted it before my hospital appointment on the 13th, on the 6th, discussions having indicated that this would be unlikely, I opted for courier delivery (something I still regret as unpacking the bastardly thing and fitting the batteries damn near did for me), which is free, and delivery should have been on Friday, the 10th.

However, for reasons that remain unexplained, except for a half-arsed, incoherent, denial (disproved by the courier, TNT, whose driver I sincerely hope gave whoever was responsible a bollocking for trying to drop him in it), when TNT tried to collect my chair on the Thursday, the place was closed.

Not only that, it failed to occur to anybody that they’d missed TNT, and that my chair was still cluttering the place up, until the following day. It was hard to miss, FFS – it was in a bloody big box! So – was anybody actually there at all?

Anyway, collection was rearranged for Friday, which meant deliver would be Monday, and I’d miss my appointment – possibly. I didn’t cancel just in case it came early enough for me to still make it. It didn’t, and even if it had come at the crack of dawn, I still wouldn’t have made it.

TNT told me they’d collected the chair – GoActive, apparently, just couldn’t be arsed.

In much the same way as they couldn’t be arsed refunding my £70, or apologising for their cock-up on the Thursday. (NB: In many years of shopping online, the only major problems I’ve had is getting refunds – people are quick to take your money, bloody slow when giving it back!

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The sorry saga of a powerchair…

On February 3rd I ordered a Shoprider Lugano powerchair from

They say on their website that:-

“All items are dispatched depending on stock availability within 24 hours of placing your order, with a standard delivery time within 3-5 working days.”

The item was listed as in stock (I have a screencap to prove it), which meant I should have had it sometime this week, especially as I downloaded, completed, and emailed back the VAT exemption form on Friday as well.

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Getting a new powerchair…

Having just had a windfall from the tax man, I’ve decided I’ll treat myself to a new powerchair. Well, not so much treat – if I’m to break my housebound cycle, pretty much essential.

I spent a large part of yesterday, online, looking at chairs that (a) fit my budget (under 2 grand) and (b) had a decent claimed range and batteries to match – too many manufacturers blithely claim absurd ranges from relatively small batteries – look for batteries of at least 70Ah for outdoor use. Early in the search I came across this chair, the Continue reading

New powerchair overview…

My powerchair (see previous post), arrived Wednesday afternoon, and I have to say I’m reasonably happy with it. A bit of an underwhelming reaction? Well, OK, but it’s that sort of thing – it’s exactly what I expected – hard to get deliriously enthused over! I mean – I’ve tried an “exciting” powerchair, the Pride Quantum 6000 – look how well that worked out!

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Life with a powerchair…

As I mentioned in Ron’s Rants – the future I’ve bought a powerchair –

Should be here in a few days.

It’s primarily for indoor use, not so much in my flat, but in the building, where there is – very often – more walking to do than I need. The laundry room is as far away as it’s possible to be, for example, not to mention toting garbage out to the bin room, across the car-park. I have a system of climbers’ tape loops and carabiners that allows me to attach a shopping bag to a wheelchair (manual or powered), to hang in front of me and which will work equally well with refuse bags. Ditto my laundry bag.

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