The Adventures of Anna Jones – Shifting up a gear

I, Anna Jones, former netball captain and athletic all-rounder, am now the proud(?) owner of a Kymco Mini LS portable mobility scooter. After much research and deliberation I bought it from Mobility Giant.

I can’t really put it into words how this makes me feel but like always I will try.

Once upon a time I was sleeping in a bed in my parent’s dining room. I was wheeled to the downstairs bathroom and had to have my hair cut off because I couldn’t wash or brush it myself. 

Five years later and I am still poorly enough to have to buy a mobility scooter. Yet this most recent purchase marks my incredible progress. It means I am not bedbound and that I can even leave the house on my best days. It means that my cognitive difficulties have lessened so much so that I can control a motorised scooter safely. 

As luck would have it, the scooter arrived in time for a family reunion weekend away. I was worried I would burst into tears when Mr Tree Surgeon took it out of the car. No 27 year old wants to need one of these things. He took it for a little spin first to show me how to use it. Seeing him on it normalised it somehow and gave me the confidence to have a go myself. 

Sitting on it for the first time. In my Despicable Me pyjamas. Naturally.

As it turns out I had a job getting everyone else off it, my brothers in particular! Between me and my grandad we had two wheelchairs, a walking stick, a wheeled walker, and a mobility scooter. Plenty for everyone to play with it seems!!! For the first time in years I was able to accompany my dad on a little walk down a country lane. 

It’s a family affair!

I should say though that using a mobility scooter is still exhausting. It’s an incredibly comfy scooter but the bumping around and concentration took more out of me than I’d anticipated. Still, I was less exhausted scooting for one mile than I would have been walking 100 metres. 

I had to stop and cry happy tears (something that’s becoming a regular occurrence!!!) when I managed to scoot along next to Mr Tree Surgeon at Rutland Water today. 

The smile probably says it all…

I have seen progress with my health in such a ‘short’ amount of time; progress that so many others do not get to experience. For that I am immensely grateful. I am in my sixth year and I am still ridiculously poorly. But my bad days now are what my good days used to be. 

Now I must go and get Mr Tree Surgeon to stop driving it around the living room with the guinea pigs in the basket!!!! 

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

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