Friday, August 10, 2007
The resistance continues...
To the power chair. Those of you who read my blog know that I'm supposed to be using a power chair for my bilateral shoulder injury. So I ebayed, got one and the batteries promptly died.
After much procrastination I turned over the job of getting new batteries for my power chair to Meredith realizing that, left up to me, the task wouldn't happen any time soon. So she called, made the arrangements and yesterday new batteries were installed and the chair is back in use. (I shouldn't have picked her - she's way too efficient!)
Physically I felt immediate relief. I'm not particularly thrilled, wheelchair jock that I am, having to use a power chair. All I can think of is what it's doing to my muscles - whatever muscles I have left that I tried to keep pumped. On the other hand, being out of pain and being able to sleep and eat is rather nice.
But my cat Buddy is a mess. I mean it. He's clinging to me, hissing at me, standing in my way, and otherwise protesting my move to a power chair. This morning he tossed his cookies in the early morning hours - right in my bed. I think Buddy is having an 'adjustment reaction'. Maybe they need to do a study on pets' reactions to owners' equipment changes. If any pet therapist is interested, feel free to come work with Buddy. He could use all the help you can give.
The good thing for me is it distracts me from how I feel about it. RIght now he's clinging to my left leg, meowing like he used to do when he was a kitten. In fact, he wanders off for about a half hour, then returns and jumps into my lap for petting and reassurance, then goes away again. I'm wondering if he saw my manual wheelchair as part of me - and just thinks something is wrong - or if he's responding to the fact that I move around differently.
One friend told me he's picking up on my emotional cues and added "Poor Buddy. You really need to think of his feelings right now." Great. Should I feel guilty for hating the chair in front of a cat?
Well I'll give him extra petting and reassurance but I still hate the chair.
If you have to use a power chair, then this is the way I think they should be designed:
The Frontier X5 - you can use it outside and offroad -and inside. So many of the power chairs are limited to inside use - like the one I have. I mean what's worse than having a piece of equipment you can only use in your house? How depressing! No wonder we have a 30 per cent employment rate, folks....
[visual description: First photo shows a theater marquee with the words: Now Playing: Rebel without a Joystick. Second photo is a picture of the Frontier X5 wheelchair, a rugged looking chair with offroad tires.]