Friday, July 16, 2010
an outing of fun and danger
Ever get nostalgic for a perfect milk shake?
Driving by we’ve noticed the 50’s Malt Shoppe in
Carlisle and it looked fun. We also noticed there was no apparent accessible way in.
Like many establishments in historic and older towns the wheelchair entrance is in the rear. Being me, I visited before hand to walk the ground and measure door widths.
You could cop an attitude and stay away or you can look at this as a private entrance with a personal tour of the kitchen before dinning. It worked perfectly for us and staff could not have been more hospitable.
Atmosphere is well, 50’s Malt Shoppe with a perpetual juke box of 50’s music.
Food was excellent! Price was affordable!
Patti has Multiple Sclerosis related difficulty in holding objects and food. Their old fashioned milk shake glasses and their cheeseburger sliders where absolutely perfectly sized. Patti ate and drank effortlessly!
Then … two miles away sitting at a traffic light - WHAM!!!
Patti said it best, “What the hell was that?”
Gratefully determining that Patti and I were neither bleeding nor broken, I was impressed to see that all our wheelchair tie down latches and seat belt had worked perfectly. Patti’s wheelchair and Patti had not moved an inch while plastic dashboard Jesus had flown off his velcro mount and odds and ends were all over the place.
Thankfully also the driver who rammed us was neither bleeding nor broken. Soon we were joined by Police,
EMS, and Fire Department. The ‘lady in the wheelchair’ was enjoying getting more than her fair share of attention. She was a particular hit with EMS with her ‘colorful’ answers to neurological Q & A.
While we waited for accident investigation it was a blessing our van was operable and air conditioning could keep running for Patti.
Our van survived drivable and wheelchair modifications seem unaffected. Our side mounted ramp deployed and retracted without a problem.
Hopefully insurance and repairs move along rapidly. Mostly, I am grateful there was a today, and IS a tonight. In the blink of an eye …
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: http://caregivinglyyours.com/
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