RDP Saturday: New Beginnings


At the age of 73 you are glad that you are not making any new beginnings, but can carry on as usual. Today the sun managed to poke its way through the clouds. This means give yourself a push and go places and see things, so I did.

I saddled my wheelchair and switched on the power and was away, although this was coupled with a new beginning. The wheelchair man who paid a visit before Christmas to tighten up a few screws advised me that I should let the battery/accumulator go down to a minimum of power and not constantly reload to full after a journey: although I only reload during the night as electricity is half price, as this is not good for the battery. I have followed his advice. There are various coloured lamps on the steering and the idea would be green (2 lamps). The next would be yellow (also two) and I can still travel quite well with yellow. So today I put the theory to the test and when I got town I was on yellow. However, I had to climb a slope and it went immediately to red, and even flickered on and off now and again, although I was still rolling. When I returned to the flat surface I was again back to yellow. It was then I decided to turn and go back home. I did not want to be stuck somewhere at the side of a main road with no power. I reached home quite safely, and even managed to have 50 photos in my camera on the way, as the one above, which I took with my mobile phone. One thing is now clear, I know the limits of my wheelchair.

There was a second problem. When I go places in my chair, Mr. Swiss always does a check with me that I have everything, mainly my mobile phone that we have contact. He should also remind me of my gloves which he did not actually forget. They were not on his list, and should have been on mine. I reached home safely with frozen hands, almost. I was travelling against the wind and even my 6 miles an hour is fast enough. Remember to take you gloves in Winter.

Another new beginning will be a manual wheelchair eventually for shopping. I will have to have an advisory discussion with the sales people where I buy them for the various possibilities.  I need a transport for the store, for carrying enough bought provisions, and a chair that I can take apart to put in my car afterwards. I will also need to contact my neurologist to see what the Swiss invalid insurance are prepared to pay for this new transport. They will probably not pay all, but a certain amount I hope. Unfortunately MS is a progressive problem and my walking abilities are slowly diminishing and my legs get tired much quicker than they used to.

As you can see my new beginnings are not those of the normal average person, but a normal average person does not really exist. However as long as there is a sun on the horizon I can take a few photos.


RDP Saturday: New Beginnings

10 thoughts on “RDP Saturday: New Beginnings

  1. You will get by Pat, as you have two vital ‘ingredients’ to a further content life. You are of an optimistic disposition and you have the money to get your vehicles to get you to places. I wish you a good advisor and many happy trips to nearby beautiful spots and your favourite orange-M’d shop!

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    • Money also has it limits unfortunately. I got my electric wheelchair because I realised I was trapped in my own four walls and wanted to get out now and again. the car is OK, but when you get where you are going you need further transport and the rollator is only OK for its purpose, mine being shopping and that is also very limited in space. I have to buy for a family and am alone. There is no-one here mobile enough to help me. And I am trying to make my life as mobile as possible.

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    • It will be a necessity, but not quite yet. I can see where my illness is going and until a miracle cure is discovered, all I can do it slow down its progression, I have noticed lately that is progressing. I am perhaps one of the lucky ones as there are many variations. I insist walking at home with as little assistance as possible, but for longer distances even my stick is no longer so reliable. Thank goodness for my car. I am really worried that I have a fall and if I am out of action then there will be big problems for the others at home.

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  2. I have trouble dealing with batteries, too. I hate when the battery goes all the way down because then i can’t do anything until I get it back up.

    New beginnings are not for us, either. Getting through alive and reasonably healthy is my idea of a new beginning. I would give a lot if I could get a few days when nothing hurts. lacking that, there are no new beginnings very likely in my future.

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    • I have a habit of beginning something daily. My next project will be learning to ride a wheelchair without electricity, we have one in the cellar. As far as batteries go, these are very big accumulators in the wheelchair and are a bit different to handle than a normal battery apparently. At the moment mine is uploading again, and it will be a few hours until it is full again.


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