Posts by Chelle Hope

  • Access: What looks good to me, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Russell, I just tried to 'like' or 'favourite' your reply. I think I may need an intervention. Consider this a cry for help.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: What looks good to me,

    Thanks but you should still feel bad, Manda. Kidding. People glaring at you for not helping me was hilarious.

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  • Access: What looks good to me, in reply to George Darroch,

    Thank you for your comment. It's interesting, the more I write about disability, the more I find that those without disabilities or those with disabilities completely different to mine can relate. I like that about sharing my experiences.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: What looks good to me, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Thanks for that. Yes, I started taking vitamin D a couple of weeks ago. Hard to know whether it's helping but it can't hurt.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: What looks good to me, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Thank you. Yes, definitely finding that myself.

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  • Access: Walking Is Overrated, in reply to Sacha,

    I wouldn't dismiss this sort of thing out of hand. If the kids enjoy it - and it looks like they do - so long as they are comfortable and not in any pain, I don't mind. It's not like it's being touted really as a viable alternative to being in a wheelchair. It's just giving the kids a different experience. I should think there would be a number of physical health/fitness benefits involved, too.

    My objection is more when any benefit is outweighed by the discomfort and pain the child has to endure. Also, it can give unrealistic expectations and shift focus from the wellbeing of the child to a singleminded notion that the child must walk to be whole.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Walking Is Overrated,

    A quick reply to those recommending recumbent cycles: I am going through the process of finding funders for a Top End Custom Excelerator Handcycle. I'm guessing it's probably exactly what I'm being warned against. Having spina bifida, I have an extreme level of scoliosis and a lot of pain that goes with it. I have tried properly recumbent cycles but the seating and set up is, for me, extremely uncomfortable and I feel so unstable due to a lack of trunk stability. I have tried the Top End cycle and I loved it. It was comfortable and easy for me to use. I appreciate the suggestions, though. Thanks.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Walking Is Overrated,

    You made me laugh, Stephen. Thank you. I too would like a tail so I could swing through the trees like a spider monkey. I would also like a spider monkey of my own. I would call him Maurice. Seriously though, thanks for reading:)

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Walking Is Overrated, in reply to David Haywood,

    Thanks, David. I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Walking Is Overrated, in reply to Moz,

    I do understand. It wasn't meant to be a criticism, by the way. Apologies if it came across that way. I just meant to say that I've experienced life as a very active person with a disability and also, later, as a person who lives with chronic illness and isn't quite as able.

    I think it's an important distinction to make. People with physical disabilities who have to deal with chronic illness can be isolated in a way that healthy individuals might not be. Particularly when it comes to recreation, we can feel really quite limited.

    While I'm not quite as fit and able as I was, I'm looking at getting a wheelchair cycle myself and I think that is going to be loads of fun and will help my mobility. I'm so looking forward to it!

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 14 posts Report Reply

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