Now that I have an NHS voucher, a charity grant and some savings, I can afford......A NEW WHEELCHAIR!!
Which I have been trying to get for months, and needing for years.
So, on Friday I went to GBL Wheelchairs (again). I was highly amused to see the cartoon of my last visit pinned proudly on their notice board.
Although I have tried the Quickie Xenon (see my review here) and Panthera S2 (see my review here) , I opted for a Quickie Helium. White, with silver trim. I know it might not be a practical colour, but I shall see how it goes... I just wanted it! I will review it properly once I have played with it for a while.
My relationship with the GBL staff is somewhat unusual.
They are professionals supplying my wheelchair and I am their customer. But I also am their sticker supplier and they are my customer. I have posted cartoons of them on the internet, and they have had more custom as a result. I think that Ian (Mr Wheelie Seller) must now be one of the most HMS/EDS aware suppliers of active wheelchairs in the UK! Plus, both I and Ian are outspoken, matter of fact wheelchair users with a similar appreciation to the humour of life.
This combination means we will both take the mick on occasion.
I called him a Muppet. He deserved it for getting his days so completely mixed up. He replied 'That's Mr Muppet to you'. Do you think that means I am now entitled to call him Mr Muppet from here on....?
He called me a River Dance, Pointy Elbowed, Flopsie.
(I continually fidget my feet. Pointy elbowed arose when trying out cushions. I suspect It may be a code word for a pointy other part of the anatomy... And flopsie - I deserved that one as I'd just gone to talk with my usual hand gestures - and my wrist promptly detached.)
I graffiti'd his display Helium. (The wheelchair, not the squeaky voice gas!)
(With his permission. Honest! - I needed to discover whether my vinyl transfer stickers would attach to the standard fabric. There is now a green Quickie Helium with a medium sized positive wheelchair logo in green on the back. It looked STUNNING! And his comment was 'I like that. We'll leave it on. It does look good.' I am intrigued to see how well it stays on the fabric, but I'm totally sticking a pink one on mine when it arrives. I'll let you know how well it sticks. Making it stick initially was fiddly.)
I'd say we were even.
Except that I am getting NEW WHEELS! They're ordered and I should have them in a month.
Which means I have the better part of the bargain.