Well, last night I had my first night out in my wheelchair and had a great time. I was out with my friends who are all nurses, which was helpful as they are all used to “driving” wheelchairs. We went for a meal, then to the theatre to see a fantastic Motown tribute concert thing (The Music Hall in Aberdeen for those in NE Scotland), and then to a pub (The Bells) for a couple of drinks before going home. Everywhere we went, staff and members of the public couldn’t have been more lovely and helpful, although I found the suggestion of lifting me in my wheelchair up a short flight of stairs a bit alarming - I walked up them myself, albeit very slowly, and somebody followed with the chair.
I did find that people who were being helpful were a bit patronising at times, but this may have been because they thought I couldn’t be quite right in the head. My experience with using my walking sticks has been that nobody really takes me seriously, I knew I’d be almost invisible in my chair, so I decided to be as outrageous as I wanted and my lovely blue wig had it’s first airing, along with my blue sequinned wedge platform Abbatastic boots which I can’t really drive my car in, let alone walk very far, but that doesn’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair, I wore my trainers to drive. I always drive on nights out, my friends are all so lovely and accommodating with me, the least I can do is save them a taxi fare.
Can’t wait for the next night out, I have more pretty shoes to wear, and different ideas about outfits, haha!