So, May the 1st has come again and it's time for me to have a deep think about what being disabled, and particularly in my case, what being a wheelchair user means.
Well, the simple thing is that without my wheelchair I wouldn't be able to go to many of the wonderful places I do now. OK, I can walk with crutches, but not for far at all, but, in my wheelchair, as long as the terrain is good, I can go as far as I want.
Speaking of terrain; that is one of my biggest bug-bears. Why oh why don;t local councils make more of an effort to make footpaths smoother and install more dropped kerbs? Why don't they stop having footpaths with ski-slope cross falls? I seriously think that council officials should get there backsides in a wheelchair for the day and try to negotiate their local roads and footpaths!
I occasionally get peeved that shops, restaurants and pubs are not as accessible as they should be, but things are getting better. OK, not perfect at all, but better. If only people in these places started looking downwards when they walk though, instead of bashing into me.
So, all in all, the wheelchair is a damn good invention, and many many people would be far worse off without it!
Oh, here's a gripe - why do manufacturers charge so damn much for a few tubes and a set of wheels?? Come on you suppliers, give us a break and start charging realistic prices.
Time to sign off and enjoy all the riches that DLA gives me, time to use my discounted railcard, time to use my cinema card which allows my partner in free and off to brag about the reduction in council tax I can have (a massive 10%). Yes life as a disabled person is sweet (or at least so many non-disabled people think)and all I had to do was have my leg chopped off!!