First Proper Outing with a Self-Propelled Wheelchair

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Using a self-propelled wheelchair is definitely not as easy as it looks! I know this because I went out for the first time with my newly-hired self-propelled wheelchair to Lyme Regis. With all the slopes and sand, that probably wasn’t the best place to go for my first outing with a self-propelled wheelchair!

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On Saturday, I went down to Lyme Regis to see my Granny (and her dogs). It was the first time I’d been down in over a year and I’m to please to be able to go there again!

A girl is centre frame sat on an old wall looking to her left. She is wearing a black sunglasses, a blue jumper, flowy blue patterned trousers and black flowery Vans shoes.

The Train

We went down on the train, which actually went surprisingly well. I didn’t know there was such thing as a disabled carriage, but there is, and it made the journey so much easier – and quieter! It was really easy to go on with the wheelchair as well. As it was a disabled carriage, there were places to park wheelchairs, so we put it there.

One of the things I was worried about was whether or not the wheelchair would fit in Granny’s car. Her car’s quite small, so it was tricky to get it in, but the wheelchair actually folds up surprisingly small – and it did fit!

First Proper Outing with a Wheelchair in Lyme Regis

The whole day down there was amazing. We took the dogs for a walk on the beach and the Cobb. I even managed to go on the beach myself! Not on the wheelchair though, of course. It kept getting stuck in the sand. I even pushed my wheelchair for a bit on the Cobb when it was too bumpy to sit in, which was hilarious.

A girl is walking away from the camera on Lyme Regis Cobb while pushing a wheelchair.

Overall, the day was amazing and I can’t believe all it took was some medication and a wheelchair to go back down! I’m definitely going to go down again soon – the physio told me to, too!

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