February 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm #74274time to go in a chair?
morning peeps. im in a bit of a conumdrum. i had meeting with sue manning last week and she mentioned getting a wheelchair. but me being 40 and only graduated from walking to using a stick 2 years ago, said no. but i think that was pride talking. i went out yesterday to the hospital for my INR doing (first time out since nov ) and noticed that my legs were more stiff and wobbley than usual (if that makes sence). ok, now ive bored you to death. what im wanting to know is: 1. has any of the community gone from walking to having to use a chair?
2. when or how will i know its time to get a wheelchair.
3. how long is the battery life in a chair e.g millage
stefanlittlestefParticipantPosts: 526Joined: 04/10/2011February 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm #84662Re: time to go in a chair?
They are tough questions, and it’s a hard thing to face.
1. Yes, I’d guess a number of us on here have graduated from walking to chair use.
2. When? That’s a really hard question. It must vary from person to person. For me, various OTs and people had urged it for a while, but I resisted it. Until the time came when I realised that my increasingly limited walking ability, and also the increasing difficulty of getting out of chairs if I did ever sit down when I was out, was really limiting what I was able to do, and I was becoming more and more confined to the house. When I did start using a wheelchair, it was just occasional usage at first, when I really felt I needed to use the wheelchair to enable me to do things. Over the years the amount of time I was able to be out of the wheelchair decreased, and I’m a full-timer now. But if you regard the wheelchair as actually being an aid to mobility, enabling you to do stuff, then the whole process can feel more positive than negative, if that makes sense.
3. Battery life is a “how long is a piece of string” question. It depends what you use the wheelchair for. Manufacturers should be able to tell you how far any wheelchair will go on a fully charged battery, but it depends quite a bit on the terrain you’re going over. Going uphill, or over bumpy ground (and especially gravel) will wear the battery down quicker. Also, if you have a wheelchair with functions such as rising or tilting, those functions will also drain the battery more quickly. My normal practice is to plug the thing in overnight, and then the charge should last all day. And I’ve more or less worked out how far I can go on a full battery.
Good luck with it!peteredParticipantPosts: 564Joined: 24/01/2011February 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm #84661Re: time to go in a chair?
2. I used it because I didn’t want to walk that far, then enjoyed not being utterly exhausted, stressed or anxious all the time with tying to walk around ignorant peeps, so it fell into standard method
3. Don’t have an electric one, so can’t help there.
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I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.comAMParticipantPosts: 4,751Joined: 05/03/2015February 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm #84663Re: time to go in a chair?
Hi, my move to liberation and freedom was when I was only 11 so maybe it’s different as a child – however I didn’t decide that one day I’d use a wheelchair. I huffed and puffed and fell and it was restricting me so much in the time taken to get from A to B and making me shattered for the rest of the day (and not able to do the things I wanted to do) so it made sense. It was so exciting and liberating but I started just using it for around the school and still walked around the house holding onto walls and furniture until half way through uni where it was just easier to stay in my chair and again it freed me up. So it was bit by bit. Perhaps you will know it’s time to use a wheelchair when you want to do things but walking restricts your enjoyment or being able to do things.
I went straight into an electric/powered one and my original (on a full battery charge with well kept batteries) got me 12 miles. Scooters and things I never bothered about as they really restricted the places I liked to go! Chairs are much more flexible for me (and I couldn’t move my arms enough for a scooter anyway). I would say that most of my chairs do more like 4-6 miles a day on holiday or about 10 yards on a duff battery!cripticParticipantPosts: 307Joined: 15/03/2011February 23, 2012 at 8:48 am #84665Re: time to go in a chair?
My partner made the decision to start using a chair when he had a fall at 15 and broke his femur (thigh bone). While he could still walk around a little after that, he decided a chair would be a better option for long distance as “I’d rather suffer the indignity of a wheelchair than hit my head on the concrete and kill myself!AngelicPrincessParticipantPosts: 85Joined: 21/12/2010February 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm #84668Re: time to go in a chair?
Deciding to use a wheelchair was a traumatic business for me. It was about thirty years ago and you didn’t see many people in wheelchairs back in the early 1980s. Scooters weren’t about then either. I was about 24 at the time and was getting really worn out whenever I went shopping that I had to stop and sit down in various places in order to rest. I hated being seen in the wheelchair and apart from my family and immediate friends, my work colleagues didn’t know I needed a wheelchair. I didn’t like feeling conspicuous.
As time has gone on I’ve become a full-time wheelchair-user and now I don’t mind being seen in it. I have learnt to realise that it gives me freedom I wouldn’t have otherwise, and it keeps me safe. I can’t afford to fall and injure myself [due to other health issues] so my attitude is that a wheelchair is now a part of me.
The battery on my ten year old powerchair is new but doesn’t last long before it needs charging. The manual says I should be able to do about five miles in the chair, but I’ve never got anywhere near that. I’m due for an assessment at my rehab centre next week and am hoping I’ll be provided with a more modern chair with a longer-range battery.sybyllascarlettParticipantPosts: 383Joined: 07/02/2012February 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #84666Re: time to go in a chair?
totally agree with above …its a hard decision but a no brainer for me . I feel soo much better for being in a chair full time as i cant fall over and i get around so much quicker
Took me a while to realise the lack of exhaustion, fatigue and aches with using a wheelchair, but once I did, I love it!
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