Not every caregiver ‘idea’ is a winner. Sometimes you loose focus in a quest to accomplish a well intended goal.
Empowering Patti ‘back to the surf’ was just such a quest. In retrospect, ‘Duh! What was I thinking’?
Pre-MS, Patti and I were creatures of the surf. We sailed catamarans, wind surfed, jet skied, and even once and a while actually lay on the beach. After MS, Patti’s wheelchair was impossible to push in the sand, and her ‘all terrain’ scooter bogged down quickly in beach sand.
Returning to the surf appeared unattainable. … until I discovered beach wheelchairs. For many people these are wonderful for making the beach and surf accessible.
However, I had lost focus that sun and heat are enemies of MS, and not all people with a disability enjoy being the center of attention.
Patti did not particularly enjoy ‘my quest’. However our then 6 yr old daughter had a blast sitting in her lap while grandpa pushed <grin>. You can even hear me ask Patti to “fake” looking happy for the camera captured in the following one minute, 22 second clip from 13 summers ago.
caring on: Multiple Sclerosis & family – beach wheelchair
(Some readers have noted they have challenges using the AOL video display. For your convenience you can simply use the links to view the video directly.)
Looking through old beach photos, it occurred to me that it may be easier to see ‘what is Multiple Sclerosis?’ in pictures of people than a journal full of words.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer