In the real world

23 Jun


Up until now, I have been pushing my manual chair indoors: that is, on a nice hard laminated floor with no bumps or irregularities. Well, I notice every tiny incline or slight bump, but most people would be impervious to them. I have been curious as to whether I could push a manual chair outdoors, that is, in the real world. Out there , services are not flat, nor smooth. So today, I ventured outside for the first time.

The original plan was to find a nice smooth section of river Pathway, but most of the pathways are closed due to flooding, and in addition my vehicle’s battery had died. So I settled for trying to make a lap around my residence.

With a great deal of effort, I was able to push my way all around the building and back to my starting point, a total of 140 meters according to my GPS. However I needed quite a few course corrections as the paving stones had a slight sideways lean to them. And one 5 meters stretch was too steep for me to push my way up. Next time, I’ll try going around the house in a counterclockwise direction, as that will take advantage of my stronger right arm.

I don’t think I’ll be jumping curbs and rolling onto a city bus with my manual chair anytime soon, but it’s nice to know that eventually I might have an alternative to just rolling up and down inside the house.

3 Responses to “In the real world”

  1. Rico June 24, 2013 at 07:37 #

    Your inner power is outrageous friend. Rock On!


  2. June 24, 2013 at 14:09 #

    Stewart—Very impressive! I assume—and hope—that someone goes with you on these outdoors expeditions in your manual wheelchair. And,how do you get on and off? Dad

    Sent from my iPad


    • midtoad June 24, 2013 at 15:15 #

      I don’t think I will be venturing outside unaccompanied for quite some time, if ever.

      I transfer from my bed or my power wheelchair into my manual chair using a ceiling lift and a sling. In the pictures and video clips where at I am on a manual chair indoors, you can see the blue sling underneath me.


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