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Focus on Disability

Talk and chitchat about anything related to disability

If I was limited to giving just one important piece of advice to somebody who is new to spinal cord injury then it would always be to "look after your kidneys". You may well argue that looking after your skin is the most important part of being in a wheelchair. However, a pressure sore albeit a horrible experience is not a life-threatening condition, unless of course, you get a serious infection. However, you need your kidneys in order to survive so keeping them healthy is so very important, especially if you are disabled and use a wheelchair.

After I left the hospital in 1987 the annual hospital checkups that I should have been attending gradually declined over the years until I fell off the hospital's radar and didn't even receive any reminders. It was a serious bout of sepsis in 2008 that basically kickstarted me into taking my health more seriously. I can't remember anyone pinpointing exactly what brought on the sepsis but with the benefit of hindsight, I'm almost 100% certain it was my right kidney which I believe been infected for quite a long time.

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It seems that once you become disabled anything you want to buy, or services you want to pay for suddenly become far more expensive than they need to be. Here's a good example of something that happened to me very recently.

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Even though I have the blue badge I still require a Torbay car parking permit in order for me to park free of charge in Torbay car parks. This year the council have doubled the price of an annual car park permit for the disabled. It's gone from £20 up to £40. To say I'm quite dismayed is an understatement. If I was to calculate how many times I use the car parks I probably wouldn't even spend £40 in the whole year on car park tickets. How much will parking permits increase by next year, double again?

I'm basically stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don't use Torbay council car parks on a regular basis, but when I do I'm quite often on my own and therefore the parking permit is extremely important. There is not any other alternative, I just have to pay the money and live with it. 

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After being in a wheelchair for 31 years I've learned a few do's and don'ts about how to sit in your wheelchair properly. If like me you use a wheelchair permanently then your body will get used to being in the same position every day so it's very important that your wheelchair is the right size and it set up properly to accommodate your posture and leg position.

The purpose of this specific blog post is to talk about how important it is to make sure that your feet are sitting properly on your foot plates. It makes me wince when I see people wheeling around with knees sticking high up in the air because they've set their footplates far too high. Alternatively, you see people with legs and feet dangling in midair because they've either got no foot plates, or the foot plates are set far too low.

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 have owned a Permobil Corpus 500 electric wheelchairs since 2011. My previous chair was the Permobil Chairman. It goes without saying that I absolutely love Permobil wheelchairs, they do everything I need from an electric wheelchair and more. However, it seems I may have found a serious flaw that could very easily result in a catastrophic disaster.

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