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the long and winding road November 13, 2008

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Ok – so here are some photos from yesterdays bus trip.

This is where we had to park to get everyone out. As you can see it's on a fair slope. Plus they can't get straight onto their walkers because there's no cutout bit in the gutter for them to roll up. Then once they were set to go I had to hold the front of the walkers while they went down the hill or they could've all ended up in a pile at the bottom. They had to walk down to where all the people are to get in.

 

 

You get a better idea of the hill from the journey back to the van. Pushing a wheelchair up there is not only hard work, but probably not even very safe. I decided to go out on the road instead. And if you look at the bottom right hand corner you can see that square has an extra steep dip in it. Those two guys walking up there aren't ours.

 

 

I was walking along with John helping him and he said something about 99 and I said – But you're not 99 are you? and he said, whoa, no, I'm only 90.

This was at the club where we had lunch. It was a better set up. I like this photo because it looks as if we've just tossed the walkers out the door. But they are difficult  and uncooperative things to fold and carry so they tend to get chucked about a bit. Thats 90 year old John making a run for the bus. He was having a tussle with another guy about who was going to sit in the front seat so he wanted to make sure he got there first.

 

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10 Responses to “the long and winding road”

  1. Waterbaby Says:

    yes, not the most accommodating curb designs. it's surprising the strength it takes to push or pull a wheelchair-bound person. especially up and down slopes. as a paratransit driver, i needed to push or pull a woman carrying, oh, 2-2.5x my body weight. it was like pulling dead weight and there were moments i thought: i can't wheel her out of this van. then comes that emergency adrenaline rush and … voila!

  2. cat Says:

    ha yes, once you get on a roll you must not stop – like pushing a car out of mud when its bogged

  3. Waterbaby Says:

    well, thing is, you gotta stop eventually, otherwise, um, that's how accidents happen. i remember hoping to god i could stop that fat lady's wheelchair in time before she went sailing off the van's elevator lift. even with all my weight and will thrown toward her toward that purpose, i verily missed both of us falling overboard. for her benefit and mine, it's best i didn't get her often as a client, who knows whether we'd still be alive.

  4. cat Says:

    lol – I just yell out – Rose, keep your hand ready near the brake

  5. Phew, my arms feel so sore just from reading your last two posts! What do you need extra work-out in your garage for?!

  6. cat Says:

    lol, well thats why I need the garage workout.

  7. Red Pen Says:

    You're an angel.

  8. cat Says:

    well now that my kids are older and I have a bit of spare time, I thought I may as well do something useful with it.

  9. Caprica Says:

    I second Red Pen's comment.
    Helping old folks as you do takes a very good heart.


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