Having conversations as a wheelchair user

Me in my wheelchair

As a wheelchair user I sometimes find having conversations in public.  Not because I can’t speak or am very shy, but because it’s hard to hear.

Being in a wheelchair means that you’re lower down than everyone else. I’m only four ft 10in but I don’t find this quite so hard when I’m on my walking frame but I still sometimes struggle.

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Allow me to introduce…

Hi everyone, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! I’ve chosen a name for my new wheelchair.

So, I would now like to introduce you all to…Agatha.

My new wheelchair Agatha

Don’t ask me why I’ve picked this name because I’m not entirely sure, but for some reason it just seemed to fit.

I’ve been out in the new chair a few times this weekend and I’m really happy with it. It’s comfy to sit in and easy enough for me to push myself. It’s going to take a while to get used to the fact that it’s slightly bigger than my old one though!

I’ve also found that when I sit in this one, I see the world from a slightly different angle than I did previously, and that feels a bit strange at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get used to that in time.