So as I have said before, I’m a wheelchair user and I have been totally reliant on a wheelchair for about a year, before that I could manage to get about at home on crutches and use the chair when we went out and for many years before that I was on crutches.
This has resulted in damage to my shoulders, wrists and hands, the carpal tunnel is slightly problematic but I can cope with it and my shoulders flare up every now and then and now is that time. I have been told I have something called impingement and when it fully flares up its bloody painful and restricts movement of that arm.

So today I am well and truly stuck, up the Creek without a paddle and I am going to be truly reliant on my wife for help and I hate being like that. I can only speak from my perspective, but I am guessing other people with a disability are the same, I want to do as much as I can myself and so being so reliant on my wife is frustrating, not that there is anything wrong with the assistance she gives, its just that I hate being so damn useless.

At the moment I am writing this on my tablet with the dodgy shoulder (of course it had to be my right side) clamped to my side, if I move it then the pain kicks in and it really kicks in. I have yet to get out of bed and into my wheelchair and make it to the lounge, although I am now quite good at wheeling with one hand and without going round in circles, but it’s slow.

So it looks like it could be a Star Wars day!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

2 thought on “Now what?”
  1. Reblogged this on FibroFlutters is a support group for people with Fibromyalgia in Sunderland that offers friendship, support & advice in NE UK. and commented:
    Disabilities – we are never alone 🙂

    When reading this it was like I was writing it in parts, the second article that has done that to me today 😮

    The frustrations that come with having disabilities can be quite stressful at times, especially if we need help from our loved ones. Being married with a multitude of disabilities, #HMS #chronicpain #fibro #CFS … my husband is my carer, so I can associate with this article very much and thought many others probably can too 🙂

    We often feel alone when the frusration kicks in at not having the same level of independence that we were used to and I think we should try to remember that we are not alone and can always talk to someone 🙂

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