I have turned into a weather wuss. Its no good I have to admit it, if it rains I stay in. It sounds utterly pathetic I know, especially as I used to be the type of person who positively revelled in 'weather'. Now I peer through the windows and if its looking threatening or heaven forbid is windy I think once, think twice and then maybe 3 times about it before getting out and about. Now the reason for this is actually deadly serious, because in a wheelchair you get wet, wet, wet. So no sprinting out the car and heading into a shop to dry, no, there's the labourius getting out the car which I suppose may take about 3 minutes, by which time your cushion is very wet, so you end up with a wet arse, your chair is generally wet, you get wet thighs and so on. I was thinking that the reason must be because you have a greater body area directly in contact with the rain. My push rims, while looking nice slip and slide, and today I broke my nail which hurts and the rims are cold. Now the options are few.
- Stay in and never go out especially in winter.
- Wear lots of specially designed wheelchair wet weather clothing that looks totally ludicrous, so much so I might as well have a siren and flashing light.
- Get wet.
Since I do quite like going out, but at the same time eschew the looking ridiculous option where possible, my only option is number 3. So I do. Frequently. Its a bugger!