I was talking to my auntie on the phone last week. She is my late mum`s younger sister by 12 years. She is 73 and has always been a fun, outgoing person.
We lost my mum and dad 12 years ago. Auntie is sooo like my mum and it comforts me to talk to her.
But she is suffering very badly, with COPD. I cant go visit her, as the access isn`t at all suitable for me in my wheelie. i asked her to come visit me at home.
She told me how bad she is and going shopping leaves her totally knackered. Even going to bed is too much for her, as she lives in a regular house. She is becoming house/bed bound and this is making her miserable.
So, I mentioned trying a scooter or wheelchair from Shopmobility. She flatly said,
I am NOT doing that! I mentioned a stair lift. Same reply.
She knows all about my situation and fast progression. She said,
How do you cope? Howcome you are always upbeat and positive? I told her how I see these mobility aids as my friends. How I would be without them. I dont want to be stuck indoors forever and just watch the world go by, past my window.
I do have my down days…of course I do!
As I often try to help folk see the benefit of my experience, it saddens me when stubborness rules an otherwise, very happy head!