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    First time to ride into WAV with wheelchair

    Wish me luck all for later this afternoon. I’m having my first try of driving into my WAV up the ramp and staying in my wheelchair which will be set between and behind front two seats.

    I feel a bit of trepidation about the ride being bumpy and the driving on the ramp, especially backwards.

    I usually get pushed to the car in the light weight wheelchair and then hang on to the car frame and door to get myself into the passenger seat. I can still do this at a push but want to make sure that my transition to riding in my powered wheelchair is a smooth one. Lynne xx
    ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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    The very British luck to you. Go girl. 👍🍀😘🤗xx
    Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong 🤗😘🤗😁xx

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      #3
      Thanks Mathew xx
      ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

      I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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        #4
        Lynne K Good luck it can be a bit nerve wracking x
        Diagnosed 18th May 2021 with sporadic ALS. Limb onset. Terrified of not being able to breathe easily.

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          #5
          Thanks Rosemary xx
          ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

          I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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            #6
            Hope all goes well Lynne K 👍🏻🙏xx
            Initial diagnosis 7-4-2021 'suspected MND' confirmed by 2nd opinion 4th June 2021 ALS. Began with R foot limp and lots of falls. NIV overnight. Generally weak. Mostly terrified.​​​​​​

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              #7
              Lynne just take it slow and you will be fine 👍 good luck and enjoy x
              Janette x

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                #8
                Hi Lynne K . You do get used to driving in and out and we found we went out more because it was easier...,before lockdown.

                I am comfortable in the back but my view is not great because I am high up. Stuart just checks my wheels are straight before I reverse out but really you'd feel it if they weren't.

                Happy motoring,
                Love Debbie x 😘🤗

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                  #9
                  Lynne K Hope all went well on your first drive 🤞🤞

                  As Debbie says, it gets easier with practice xx
                  ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                  Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                    #10
                    Thanks everyone. We’ve stopped at one of our BBC usual places overlooking a reservoir. Put the seatbelt on another way as it was across my diaphragm, and now where it ought be across my waist.

                    The drive here was like being in a washing machine at times and I don’t feel as comfy as I’d hoped before but getting comfy with my back is always a challenge.

                    My hair is brushing the roof and I’m only 5’5 so anybody taller with the same wheelchair wouldn’t fit.

                    It’s a bit claustrophobic in the back here. xx
                    Last edited by Lynne K; 20 January 2022, 14:52.
                    ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

                    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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                      #11
                      Hi Lynne K , seeing as you have mentioned measurements...
                      I am having to look at roof heights etc. very carefully as I am 6ft tall.
                      I assume the Invacare TDX seems to be the standard issue motorised chair for most, and I was measured up for one at the weekend.
                      May I ask what make/model of vehicle your WAV is please? (as I will probably have to eliminate it from the list of WAVs I am looking at).
                      Hope you get used to your new ride, and settle in to enjoying it.
                      Cheers M'Dear.
                      Hi, I'm Eddie.
                      Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
                      Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by WheelsOfSteel View Post
                        Hi Lynne K , seeing as you have mentioned measurements...
                        I am having to look at roof heights etc. very carefully as I am 6ft tall.
                        I assume the Invacare TDX seems to be the standard issue motorised chair for most, and I was measured up for one at the weekend.
                        May I ask what make/model of vehicle your WAV is please? (as I will probably have to eliminate it from the list of WAVs I am looking at).
                        Hope you get used to your new ride, and settle in to enjoying it.
                        Cheers M'Dear.
                        Citroën Berlingo. My wheelchair is an Invacare Spectra XTR2 Xx
                        Last edited by Lynne K; 20 January 2022, 16:44.
                        ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

                        I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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                          #13
                          Backing out was easy. Travelling wasn’t nice, knocked all over. Sitting still boring as hardly could see anything xx
                          ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

                          I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by WheelsOfSteel View Post
                            Hi Lynne K , seeing as you have mentioned measurements...
                            I am having to look at roof heights etc. very carefully as I am 6ft tall.
                            I assume the Invacare TDX seems to be the standard issue motorised chair for most, and I was measured up for one at the weekend.
                            May I ask what make/model of vehicle your WAV is please? (as I will probably have to eliminate it from the list of WAVs I am looking at).
                            Hope you get used to your new ride, and settle in to enjoying it.
                            Cheers M'Dear.
                            Hi WheelsOfSteel . I am 5 11 and use a mini salsa powerchair. Our WAV is a Peugeot Rifter Horizon. It is really comfortable and my head is a way from the roof, but my view out is really restricted. We did have the option of having the floor lowered or seats taken but it was eye wateringly expensive.

                            Good Luck,
                            Love Debbie x

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                              #15
                              Thanks Lynne K , that is interesting because I still had the Berlingo on my short list.
                              The "Door entry height" is reported on the motability site as something I should be able to fit through (my wheelchair assessor measured me in the chair).
                              Oh well - just have to get the chair and try it in a few demonstrators.
                              Thanks for responding.
                              Hi, I'm Eddie.
                              Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
                              Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

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