This past weekend, I had quite the interesting ride in my wheelchair. I felt that I was the tortoise in the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. My wheelchair would only go one mile per hour!
The tilt actuator, which allows me to recline and tilt the seat, stopped working and forced the chair to be driven at its lowest speed. I’m used to going full speed all the time, so it was a drastic change in speed when I couldn’t travel at a faster speed. The wheelchair is an extension of my body. Without my wheelchair, I would not be able to do much of anything.
The mechanics from Pharmaceutical Health Care came to my rescue. The guys from PHC have worked on all of my power chairs over the years. They were able to bring a loaner wheelchair for me to use while they worked on my chair.
In addition to not having my own wheels, I can’t drive my van from the borrowed wheelchair because there isn’t the same tie-down system on this chair. Despite the mobility challenges, I’ve been able to work from home. My supervisor and co-workers have been supportive throughout this adventure.
Hopefully, within the next week, I’ll be able to get my wheels and get back up to speed on living my life to the fullest!