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Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by SteveNomad, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. SteveNomad

    SteveNomad Well-Known Member

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    ...I'm 3, 250 miles away from PDX now, in New York State.
    I'd also have to have a new copy of .y birth certificate.
     
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    All right! So you got home? I'm so happy. Last I heard you were stuck at Good Sam hospital.
     
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    ...Yes, I did spell that out in other post/s, but I guess you didn't see that. Now I'm here.
     
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    I have been using a wheelchair for 25 years. I always thought I was the only wheelchair user on the site.
     
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    Well then, here's a funny story to make you feel better:

    Just the other day, I was in my power chair, when suddenly the sidewalk ended, and there was a steep drop off, so I veered right and turned up the speed to full blast. I sped right through someone's front lawn screaming "I AM SO SORRY! THE SIDEWALK ENDED!!!"

    When I looked back, I had left deep ruts in their yard. I feel so guilty!

    *****

    And to make it worse, my sixteen year old who was with me on their Razor scooter thought it'd be hillarious to follow me and plow through their lawn too. I feel so bad about it, but looking back, it is a funny wheelchair memory!
     
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    How about when they put a wheelchair accessable ramp onto a sidewalk, but it's super narrow, and there are poles right in the middle of the sidewalk, so you're stranded there? That's happened too. lol

    Thank goodness a bus driver found me, and picked me up so that I could go home. lol
     
  7. Ezra

    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    The real question is, who here is good at popping wheelies?
     
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    That is something I desperately try to avoid because if and when I pop wheelies I end up lying on my back lol.

    But my chair goes 4.5 mph and can travel 11 miles a day. It's a blue Jazzy 614 HD.

    Let's hear other people's power chair specs... How fast, how far, what brand? Any accesories?
     
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    That made me smile big. Still smiling. I think what you said was nice. True too, that happens all the time.

    I am using a manual chair now most of the time but I used a powerchair for years. One reason I try to use the manual is because of access problems. With my manual I can go on and off the sidewalk. I was trapped many times in a powerchair. My current powerchair is a Permobil F3. It's the best one I've owned, the quality and design are like havin ga Mercedes. But, it is front wheel drive and I do not want that ever again, too hard to turn in small spaces.

    Current manual is a Tilite TR2. The chair I was using broke a few days ago and I pulled this one from storage but my new Tilite TRA is being built and I should have it in a couple of weeks.

    Thank you for the story
     
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    The highest curb I've come off is 9 inches and that is big. I can pull myself up one just as high or maybe higher. I worked very hard to learn those skills. One day the elevators were not working and I had to go down four flights of stairs in my manual chair. What happened that day is the reason I practiced so much, so I would be ready.
     
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    Chairs in reverse order:

    Powerchairs:
    Permobil F3
    Invacare TDX-SP
    Quickie S626
    Quickie P200
    Everest & Jennings Lancer

    Manual chairs:
    Icon A1
    Tilite TR2
    Top End Super Pro T
    Breezy (folding chair)
    Hospital chair
     
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    • ...I don't know how I'd get one:(. Since at least 2018, maybe 2017, I've thought that ai need a cozy place with a nice big bed and decent somewhere to sit and read and a TV, computer, etc. I have all these books etc. I mostly bought in 2018 in storage in Santa Cruz and the idea is that, along with the stuff from my brother, they would be my collection. I'd watch "am, etc. I just have had a life of having NOTHING/only what I can c carry/stow briefly basically continuous my for so long:cry:. And after the collapse of my older walking ability and having back pain after 2015 or so:relieved:. I think, with a combination of Social Services being nice to me and that money that " Gale Gordon " holds I could set something up - but nothing happened in San Francisco, Santa Cruz or Portland/area - in the last, still further physical degeneration, the Covid situation, and the theft of my wallet - Which some do not believe me on:disappointed: - all happened. I came here to New York on the " If it's my last chance " theory, and if dialysis will stick me forever in one place, my home town area, with memories and the grave of my parents + my brother that all these years since "97, I was never able to visit + presumably Social Services being a little fonder of a genuine local boy - but, it's very expensive and dullsville and spread out, with me now having spent too much on taxis public transportation maybe so-so (I haven't driven in many years) - and I wonder if there's an East Coast mindset that is more oriented toward thinking that someone like me should have assisted living, or something, which I don't want, with the West Coast more oriented towards people like me being officially independent with maybe just a caregiver a couple times a week. I'd want that.
     
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    ...Now, June 25, I have been in the hospital since Monday. Staff at the shelter I was at thought I should go because of swollen, red, waking pain legs particularly right. I was kept in to see about infection/abscess? in my leg and dead flesh on my right foot needing debriedment, and possible infection, I'll have a small operation later to-day. I left behind my roommate room in the shelter and my stuff, including a $200+ Netbook I'd got - but not really having figured out how to get it going yet. In the shelter I went not enough to the dialysis, went out trying to set things up, spent too much on taxi rides back. as I'd be tired & late & overloaded by the end. Taxi rides to that shelter from downtown White Plains to it have been base $14.
     
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    ...With no perscription glasses (and, quite likely, a need for a major eye operation, but I won't go into that now) I strain my eyes trying to read even this phone - and I cannot rely read " normal " text in print form without SUPER-bright sunlight or its direct electric equivalent on me:sweat:. If I only had a comfortable place with my in-storage stuff and good lighting and furniture:coldsweat:. I waa, finally, a day or two away from going to a place that had perescription glasses but then this hospital stay got in the way. Anywhere else in the USA might be cheaper, but, how would I get there? What would I do once I got there? There's the factor that a lot of the US is getting worse on COVID now, not better.
     
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    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    I remember you writing as far back as Feb 2015 that it had been years since you last had prescription eyeglasses.
     
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    ...Now, I am in the hospital again, and to-day I received an operation, debriedment of rxcrds flesh on my right foot and digging out an abscess in my leg.
     
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    If you have medicaid, push that you need a wheelchair to the doc. Tell them that you need a power chair because of weakness, overweight, hilly neighborhood, etc. You'll probably get it for free. It'll take a few weeks, and you'll prob get a loaner chair or walker during that time, and that can take a couple weeks on its own, but be patient. You'll end up with one.
     
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    ...Would a power chat have some kind of basket space? So I can carry things. Perhaps not as much as the ones at Target or K-Mart, but...
     
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    They sell those as accessories, but they're expensive. Just throw a tote bag in your lap and call it good.