Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I Will Get The Hang Of It Soon.



Ubu Imperator.
Max Ernst.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Ernst

Today has been one of those days, started at 08.00 with my wheelchair being collected so the new steering could be installed.

Richie took his bike off for the gears to be mended and came back and not long after he hoisted me out of bed.

After Richie gave me a great shower and I was dressed, we were expecting Annelies advisor from the council and Harm from Welzorg to arrive.

Just as I was brushing my teeth the phone rang and it was Annelies telling me they would be a little late, they arrived an hour later.

When they got here with the wheelchair, Richie put me in it and I tried to steer with the steering right in front of me on a Perspex table attached to th wheelchair.

I found it very difficult to steer at first and was not keen at all about it, worried me for abit, could not work out how or why it felt so bad.

Then Richie pointed out that as there were no arm supports, I had to hold my shoulders, this was causing me a lot of stress and pain.

This will be solved by the steering mechanism being installed into my own Perspex wheelchair table with arm supports.

I will test it out tomorrow when I have to go to the hospital for the first catheter change, which is quite handy as it will give me an opportunity to test the steering.

This evening I am very tired after this afternoon and getting so upset by the new steering,hope I will get the hang of it soon, sure I will.



8 comments:

Kris said...

HI Herrad! Happy New Year! Catching up on your stories... ;o)

Herrad said...

Hi Kris,
Happy New Year to you too.
Love,
Herrad

sue said...

okay - it's stressy and scary and it's crap!
Remember the first day you ever rode a bike (let alone a motorbike!), the first time you tried rollerskates, the first time you cooked a roast dinner, the first time you had a filling.........all this stuff is stressy and scary....and YOU overcame it all....so,today this is like grabbing hold of that 'out-of-control' shopping trolley at the supermarket, trust me, by the end of the month you would have forgotten all about it!
Have a stress-free day tomorrow x

Angie said...

Hi Herrad! Can be a nuisance, wheelchairs. The control gubbins on mine is attached to the armrest. OK I suppose but being titchy as I am I have to lift my elbow and shoulder to get it on the armrest and by the time I've gone not-very-far my shoulder feels like its coming out of joint! The armrest won't go any lower. My OT isn't happy about it but the wheelchair centre says they can't do anything else

Webster said...

I have no idea about your steering mechanism, but I hope you get used to it quickly. First cath change, eh? What fun. Hopefully it will be a piece of cake. By the way, you haven't said anything - how do you like the SP? Is it better for you than the Foley?
Hope all goes well tomorrow (well, today).

Patrick said...

change is a pain in the butt but you will master it - I'd bet on you two.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Herrad said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Herrad said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for your visit and supportive comment which really helped me, by the next day it was ok.

Hi Angie,
Blimey hope that your OT can persuade the wheelchair people to give you good arm support soon.

Hi Webster,
The new steering is good and so us the SP catheter is much better thanks for your support and encouragement.

Hi Patrick,
Thanks for your supportive comment, the next day was much better.

Thanks you 4 dear friends for your visits and supportive words'
Love,
Herrad