Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rabbit Speed!


Using mobility aids was a big pill to swallow at the age of 33 when MS blew into my world.   But you just have to keep plugging along in life, and my son wanted a paper route.  He was shy, and unsure how to collect on collection day.  He wanted me to come along and be there in case a customer had a concern or there was an issue with making change.  |Getting around my house was a challenge some days, and there was no way I would be able to walk around the streets of our neighborhood.

So off I went to Shoppers Home Health, the only store around that had scooters available to try out on their store room floor.  I picked one that was pretty zippy and was able to manage tight corners.  It also fit quite nicely into the trunk of my car.  It has two speeds indicated by a turtle, and a rabbit.

I got my new machine home and decided that I would remove the basket and there would be no flags on my scooter.  These made it look much too fitted for a senior.  On my first trip out my son had his paper cart stacked with papers, he was all bundled up and ready for his first day of work.  I held the list with the addresses of his customers and together we figured out the best route to take.

As I was riding down my street I experienced a flood of different feelings.  I was proud of my son, I was thankful to be able to go along with him until he felt he could manage, and I was mortified that I would be seen by someone I knew.  As we buzzed along I felt the cold winter air on my face and it reminded me of long snow mobile runs I would take with my dad when I was young.  Later I told my kids about it and we laughed.

Today, five years after buying my scooter my daughter emailed me this link.  It brought the laughs we shared back to me.  I thought I'd share it with you.  Its really funny!
Click this link:
70MPH Mobility Scooter In The Snow | Break.com

4 comments:

Tricia Pell said...

Kim, I feel your pain. Though I didn't have a scooter at 33, I did have a couple of canes, a couple of walkers and a wheelchair.

It definitely is a double edge sword. The mobility is a blessing. Comparing walkers with old people at the mall is a little disheartening.

We'll keep on fighting the good fight, though, right! Yup, gotta do what you gotta do.

Kim said...

Thanks Trish. Canes, walkers, scooters it all sucks.

Art to Shirt said...

Learn something new everyday didn't know you were such a great writer. Thanks for the read

Kim said...

Thanks T!

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