Bit cooler and nice breeze here today, so I thought I would take a little
trip to our local factory shop, which is close by. They have a lovely fitted
ramp, so no problem to get in, had a real good nose around (love a bit of
retail therapy), but the rails containing all the goods are so close together,
it’s a bit like being on the dodgems! No problem I thought, I have all the
time in the world, keep going.
Suddenly I thought my powerchair was stuttering to go, a bit like when your
car is missing, or you have kangaroo petrol. So I thought OMG I had better
get back home, something is wrong with my chair. Get halfway up the ramp,
with another person in a w/chair behind me…and my chair comes to a
grinding halt. Panic stricken, I apologise to the lady behind me, who was lovely
and told me not to worry, turned my chair off, waited a couple of minutes, switched
back on and hey presto off we go again. Within 20 yards it stops again, so I thought
better not try to cross the road, so rang hubby instead.
He came to my rescue, checked my chair, by which time I was
getting a little upset, and to his and my amazement, the little
lever that takes the motor off was halfway in position, so was only making a small
contact. Obviously, where the racks were so close I must have touched this lever
with the bottom of the rack without realising!!
Moral of this story…if you are in a shop with very tight clothes rails, check
to see if you have moved the lever on your chair.
I can laugh about this now, but at the time I was panic stricken wondering
what the hell am I going to do without my trusty powerchair, hope it puts a
smile on your faces.