My new trike-style wheelchair arrived yesterday and I took it out for test-drive this afternoon!! My knees get in the way . . . my arms are barely strong enough to push up even the slightest slope . . . and it was only a hoard of guardian angels that kept me from crashing six or seven times. At one point our visiting SIM Deputy International Director of Africa and Europe had to push me out of a dirt pile, and I already have blisters on my palms. But I figure with a little more practice and some rewelding of the crooked front shaft, I'll be picking up the speed in no time!
One of the challenges for my patients who would benefit from wheeled mobility is the terrain. In Niger, a lot of the resource-poor-area style chairs just don't hold up. We need solid and sturdy, yet still pushable. Another challenge is the price.
So I'm going to have to get creative when it comes to keeping the cost down while maintaining the integrity of the structure . . . I just may end up moonlighting as a welder. What can I say, I dream big.
|I just may have buff biceps yet!|
|Then again, maybe not.|
|But regardless, I think I look pretty cute 'peddling' along.|
|Alheri the Great takes her for a spin.|
|Everyone wanted a turn!|
|I need to place an order for a customized plate: C DEB GO|
|First day on the road, and already she needs|
a tune up! OY!