Been feeling pretty grim myself all week, Don. We can be like two grumpy old men moaning away. This’ll make you laugh though- my wife nearly did for me yesterday Ha ha!!
She got me to the loo which involves me getting up on a rota stand type thing which has wheels, and she pulls me along the landing and into the loo. Afterwards I haul myself back onto the stand, and she pushes me back along the landing to the top of the stairs- wait for it, wait for it-
At the top of the stairs it depends whether I’m going back downstairs, or along to the bedroom. If the bedroom, then the wheelchair has to be in place, we half turn the dog-leg on the landing and I slip gracefully into the chair, which is up a step. I then wheel myself backwards to he bedroom.
If I’m going downstairs, we get to the top of the stairs and I sink gratefully onto the stair lift seat, which of course she has rotated into position and put the seat down.
Except yesterday, as I sat down (my back to it, can’t see it of course) I began to think that I ought to be feeling the stairlift soon. But I only felt a bit of it on my left buttock and proceeded to carry on downwards. I scrabbled back up, thinking it was broken. Nope. She had forgotten to rotate the chair and put the seat down. I hung on as best I could, while she tried to hold me up and get the seat in place. After which I sank back on it and didn’t move for a minute or so.
Obviously she was distraught. We had been within a hair’s breadth of a big-time disaster. Just shows you. Adult Social Care can draw up all the risk assesments they like, but they’ll never think of them all.
Luckily the stand isn’t your ordinary Rota Stand, otherwise it would have tipped me over down the stairs. It’s called a ReTurn 7500 and is as solid as a rock, with a very heavy, stable base. I think it’s brilliant. Some of you might like to alert your OT to it, I get the impression that not all of them know it. Details here: http://www.handicare.com/en/products/systemromedic-–-transfer-and-lifting-aids/systemromedic-–-transfer-and-lifting-aids/systemromedic-–-manual-transfer-aids/systemromedic-–-assistive-devices-for-mobility-support-during-sit-to-stand/systemromedic-–-return7500/c-39/c-204/p-293
And there’s a video of it here: http://www.asstsas.qc.ca/dossiers-thematiques/deplacements-manutention/deplacement-de-personnes/des-equipements-qui-facilitent-le-deplacement-de-personnes.html
It’s in French but stick with it. We don’t bother with the belt except when I’m too weak to get myself up, it has pulling handles. I travel about 9-10 feet along the landing on it.
Saved my life, anyway!
Hope you feel better soon- back to good days instead of not so good days!