Hi Jaki, you have SO made the right decision!
Manual wheelchair = having to wait for other people to push you about. Having to go where they want to go. Having to go at their speed. Not being able to stop to look at stuff you want to look at. Feeling dependent on other people. Having to feel you have to say ‘thank you’ the whole time. Ok I know they have their place and can be useful… but…
Scooter = Going where you want to go WHEN you want to go. Going at the speed you want to go at. Stopping to look at what you want to look at. Being independent!!!
It’s a whole different ball game. YOU are in charge.
I was so terrified when I first went out on mine I was close to tears. I thought I’d just blown a lot of money on something I couldn’t use. But I forced myself to go out every day for a few days. At first just in the side-streets close to home. Then with my sister to the local shopping centre. Then on my own to the local shopping-centre. Suddenly I got the hang of it and I’ve never looked back.
I love it. It is my legs.
Give yourself time and do little trips like I did. You will find people are ever-so nice and other people on scooters usually nod and say hello. If your kids & other half take the mickey, tell them where they can go. This is about YOU not them.
Good luck and tell us how you get on. Believe me. It’s like being given a new lease on life.