Awhile back, I blogged about buying a used wheelchair. I’m happy to report that new batteries were purchased, and it works very well. Mr. Legs cleaned it up too and it looks new.
Batteries Plus is a great place. Mr. Legs loaded the chair into the minivan (with the used ramp we bought awhile back) and the store allowed him to hook up the new batteries while the chair was in the car to make sure that it worked with them (and that there wasn’t something else wrong with it that would prevent it from working even with new batteries…because who wants to buy batteries you can’t use?). Price for wheelchair = $150.00. Price for two wheelchair batteries = $160.00 Total cost = $310.00. It’s not a perfect fit, but it works for its purpose.
So there you have it – a happy ending to this story about doing myself what I wouldn’t recommend doing. I guess the price was right and I am fortunate to have a strong and willing husband to do the leg work. I have to say that watching local classifieds has been beneficial. Here’s a poem I saw awhile back:
My New Set of Wheels
There you stand, and I see you stare
Thinking, poor dear, she’s stuck in that chair.
But I’m not sad, I’m very happy because
I haven’t forgotten the way it was.
You’d say, “How about a trip to the zoo?
A walk in the park will be good for you.”
I was thinking tomorrow, I’ll be a wreck,
From my aching feet, to the pain in my neck.
You’d want to go shopping, all over town.
I was thinking but there’s no place to sit down.
For you it’s a snap, just to go to the store.
But for me the ordeal was more of a chore.
Now I can go wherever I please
I can shop in the mall with newfound ease,
Do all the things that have to be done,
And even go out and have some fun.
So, do you want to know how it really feels,
To be sitting here between these wheels?
Can you remember back that far,
When you got your very first car?
Well, that’s how these wheels feel to me.
They don’t hold me down, they set me free.
So, don’t think all those pitiful things:
These aren’t wheels, I think they’re my wings.
By Darlene Uggen
from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul
Copyright 1999 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen