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Temporary Use of a Wheelchair
Many people don't quite need wheelchairs, yet they can only walk very short distances with careful planning and lots of sit-down breaks. These are people with bad knees, fragile hips, those who fatigue quickly, pregnant mothers, etc. Some of us have been in that category for years, not using wheels, yet unable to make it all the way through a grocery store or art exhibit without a big problem. Some of us just don't go out in the first place and miss an awful lot in our lives.
Why do people miss out? Other than economic reasons, many people feel too stigmatized to be seen in a wheelchair or scooter. It can be daunting at first: children gape open-mouthed and some adults express pity or even treat wheelers like celebrities! It's okay to be pushed around in a stroller when you're a tired child, but as an adult, you're expected to walk upright, no matter what lived in the "not quite" category for 20years. Finally my multiple sclerosis made it too tiring for my legs to walk anywhere, so I use a motorized scooter everywhere except inside my home. At first it bothered me when people treated me differently, but that got so old, I could no longer be bothered; I stopped paying attention and read my magazine! The exhilaration of having my freedom and independence back makes my life fun and much easier. Life has so much to offer that I'd rather deal with a few folks who are perhaps under-informed, than miss out on shopping, parks, gardens, museums, concerts, and important appointments. Now people stop and ask me where they can get a scooter because it looks so easy and comfortable. A motorized scooter simply sums up a solution they've wanted for a long time, either for themselves or a family member. Motorized scooters give people more out of life than their bodies could on their own!
Some scooters are made to break down and fit into a car trunk, such as the Amigo Classic, or the Pride Victory 10. If you're mainly going to use a scooter for shopping trips, look for lightweight models with front-wheel drive or a collapsible folding wheelchair. You'll need a scooter with rear-wheel drive, or a rigid-frame manual wheelchair for sidewalks, grass and gravel.
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