Friday, 28 June 2013

New wheels…


Apologies to those who were eagerly expecting a post yesterday. My excuse is, as the title suggests, I picked up my brand new Kia Venga in the afternoon and got carried away in all the excitement of owning my first baby. Although I can’t drive (and do not have the inclination to ever do so really), signing for the car made me feel grown up because it is the first object that I have had full ownership of, without my parents involved. This is already apparent because I’m so conscious of dirt or marks. People have said that won’t last but it most definitely will. You all know what a clean freak I am and will keep it as new looking as possible. So, let that be a warning to anyone who uses my car. Respect it or you’ll have an angry ‘Wheelchair Boy’ to deal with.

Being one of a kind, it is only natural that I have a car that is slightly different to the norm. The main change is that the passenger seat has been adapted so that it spins and slides out (see below), making transfers easier for me. This is much safer now because before, I used to climb into the big van when travelling a long distance. It’s also more comfortable and I can speak to the other passengers sitting at the front. The only downside is if I go away for the Arsenal with the family, my dad will be confined to the back seats like a child. I’m not that guilty though because it is extremely spacious, I checked before purchase.

We are having a few teething problems with the seat but that will be resolved with time. There is just a specific way the chair pivots into place but once everyone understands, a transfer will take no time at all. Then, get my carer to gently (DON’T SCRATCH IT) place my wheelchair in the boot and away I go. That is the great part and the reason why I decided to buy a new car. I no longer need to wait for my parents to take me places. I can spontaneously wake up and decide to go to Southend, for example.

It’s not just a car. I’m getting a newfound sense of freedom to go almost anywhere. Now to get a sports wheelchair so I can push myself independently around the places I visit.

Bye for now!











6 comments:

  1. wow what a cool car! I think your blog is an amazing idea and raises awareness to people about what life is like for you. Such a great idea, you should be really proud :) xx

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad what I write is having the desired effect of reaching out and touching people. I want readers to become educated. xx

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  2. That's pretty nifty! It's such a pretty vehicle, too. Congratulations! :D

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    1. Thanks- I love it. My little baby ;)

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  3. this pretty nice but I think people should buy a Powered wheelchairs with this. This car is very light so if you face any accident with it you are done.

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  4. It’s good to hear about that newfound sense freedom you felt when you got that car. Owning one does give a sense of fulfillment. Plus, that car looks great too. How is it now? I hope she’s still in great shape. Have a nice day!

    Diane Wilson @ Fletcher Chrysler

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