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Statgeek
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   Posted 3/18/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
For Las Vegas and/or Disneyland, would you prefer a wheelchair or a scooter?  My only concern about a scooter is that we fibromites must move around, too.  Too much walking or too much sitting can be a problem.  With a scooter, I think someone has to be riding on it all of the time.  It is expensive, too.  $99 for vegas and $120 for disneyland.
 
What would you prefer?
Sue

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   Posted 3/18/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

Ya, your right about needing to move around too. I guess a wheelchair would be a better option, if your dh or anyone else doesn't mind pushing you, unless its motorized :-) that would be cool! weeee! How much for the wheelchair? The scooter seems like it would be o.k. if you could lock it up, a key, or something that could keep people from just hoping on and taking it for a spin. I wonder if you could leave it for a bit and come back to it. The price for renting the scooter is crazy, but I guess not just anyone can just pick one up.

So, when are you going on your trips? Weather down here for Disneyland has been nice, not to hot yet.

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Statgeek
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   Posted 3/18/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Wheelchair at Disneyland is $10 a day.  We are going around May with some friends.

Sue


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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted her earlier and I dont know what happened to it it is in cyber space somewhere. My Mom uses a scooter on day a day to day basis. its easier to get around however when we were in disney she used a chair. It can be pushed easier than a scooter. The nice thing about that is you go to front of line...your whole group.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I prefer a wheelchair. You can get into handicapped bathrooms with one.

Definitly motorized though. No dependence on pushers


Donnaeil

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 3/18/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
When I went to disney the first time I rented a scooter and that way fine. Kinda pricey, but ok two days, ok.

The second time I went I had my own motorized wheelchair and I liked it so much better. Just more comfortable. I found it very easy to maneuver and to keep up with my group. I would not recommend someone pushing you though. That's a lot on someone to push you around that huge park. Go for the motorized ;either scooter or w/c.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
One other idea...have you thought of purchasing one and taking it with you? Two options there. Your insurance may pick up all or part of the cost. If they don't go to Good Will or other second hand stores. I've seen them for as little as $20 and you own it. Call the Red Cross and ask their help in getting one used for very little or no money. There's lots of help out there if we just knew where to look. Maybe there's a Red Cross near Disneyland or a Good Will near where you are staying. A few calls might line up something. Good Will is online too.

Anyone have any other ideas?
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Statgeek
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   Posted 3/19/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm, all good ideas.  I was thinking if I got a wheelchair, then I could get out and push it around myself sometimes in order to get moving around. 

Got the parking placard application signed.  But the doc only signed it for 6 months.  It is good until September.  I wonder if that means she expects I will be better by September.  One can hope!  :-)    Sure wish I had it when I went to the conference last week! 

Sue


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   Posted 3/20/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Pushing a wheelchair, especially a rental, can be a lot of work. I used to have to push kids and young adults around and it really gets to your back. The ones with a short handle on each side are the worst. Plus, rentals aren't always in the best shape. See if a local mall or store has wheelchairs for customer use and try one out for an hour or so. If your pusher is tall or has long legs, certain chairs are really uncomfortable.

I have a friend with fibro who uses an inexpensive wheelchair. She pushes it when she needs to walk and she said she limits where she goes because pushing it wears her out. She's in pretty bad shape so you may not have a problem.

While most motorized wheelchairs can be pushed, they aren't design for the comfort of the person doing the pushing. If you choose either a motorized scooter or wheelchair, just have another family member go for a spin when you need to walk.

If you choose a wheelchair and then find that it doesn't work, can you "upgrade"?

Have a terrific vacation.

Statgeek
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   Posted 3/20/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dagger. I have no idea bout how much work it is to push a wheelchair! I have used a wheelchair in dance class before - it was a mixed ability dance class. For part of my personal reflection type research on disabilities, I used a wheelchair for a day. You would think I lost every brain cell when I got into the chair. People treated me like they were afraid of me or like I was stupid or a little child. Very odd. Going up and down hills was nearly impossible. And wheelchair ramps - wheelchair accessible? NOT! Maybe a scooter is the best way to go. A little pricy, but easier on the back of my hubby who will be pushing me when I am not wheeling myself.

On a side note, I have been advocate for persons with disabilities for a few years now. Axis dance is a group of persons with and without physical disabilities who dance together. There performances are awe inspiring. www.axisdance.com.
Best,
Sue

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   Posted 3/20/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the prices for wheel chairs in disney are not bad. I use a wheel chair when we go. I live in FL and go all the time. I do get up and walk the little hills so it is not bad on my husband. Last time we went we went to seaworld. I wanted to walk. I use a caine. He got me the chair. I go pushed and shoved and my caine kicked out from under me. One time in disney I had a small child around the age of 7 not very thin push me over in line. When I voiced my opion to his none english speaking mom she said what do you want he is just a baby. I told her he was a fat spoiled brat. He was fighting over what paistery he wanted in the paistery shop. His mom said I was mean and I told her the caine was just a fasion statement. I had alot of folks come up to me and ask if I was ok but not her I just got dirty looks from her. Do try to use some thing there it realy is better. More enjoyable for you.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I worked in exceptional education for years and have had to push many types of wheelchairs. Some are easy and you could push them all day. Others just about kill you in 10 minutes.

I spent a school year helping students with their community based education. We would take them by city bus to various locations such as the local mall, the bowling alley, book stores, zoo, grocery stores, etc. It was eye opening. The comments and looks when the people on a city bus saw that two young boys using motorized wheelchairs were disgusting. Yes it takes a few more minutes to board but too bad. People wouldn't move then would have a fit when the 250 lb wheelchair ran over their foot. People would pat the boys on the head like they were 2 year olds and only talk to the adults.

Crossing the street was a nightmare. People would blow their horns, yell out their windows, and give us the finger because it took us longer to cross the street. Finding a usable bathroom was also an adventure. I needed to go in with my teenage boy to assist so getting an employee to make sure the men's room was empty was like pulling teeth. My student refused to go into the ladies room and I always tried to honor his wishes. It was hard enough on him getting bathroom assistance from a woman.

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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Dagger, you are absolutely correct. People assume that they walk faster than my wheelchair so I have to zoom around them to get where I am going. However, I am so well known in my community and at the pool. Folks consider the chair a prop. I am called speedy, cops threaten to give me tickets and street people say things like, "Make way for the Queen," or "Go, girl go."

One freind, a former pro basketball player who is all of 6'8" accused me of trying to run him over.

Using a wheel chair well requires some assertiveness. In fact if you use any mobility aid you must learn to be more aggressive. People knock down folks who use crutches all of the time. What about when you press the handicapped door opening button and folks meander through and get in your way.

But, we should never let others actions stop us from using mobility aids. Since Western societies are getting older, scooters will become regular forms of transportation.

Compassion must be something people have to be taught from their parents.

I guess.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 3/21/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I used a scooter last fall at DisneyWorld.  I rented it from an online site and they brought it to my hotel.  I also did enough walking that my feet started to hurt.  I thought the scooter worked well, a lot of people were using them.  Diane

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Statgeek
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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I looked into scooters and read somewhere that the charge only lasts 6 hours. Anyone have problem with that? Is it 6 continuous hours or 6 hours of driving around?
Sue
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