In 2003 my dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I remember the day well. I was at work when my mum text me to tell me. Like a lot of people I wasn’t quite sure what it entailed or what the future would hold.
iPhones didn’t exist back then so I had to wait until I got home to read more about it. At the time there wasn’t a lot of information to read but everything that I did read made me aware that Multiple Sclerosis was going to change my family’s life. My mum and dads particularly.
My dad carried on working and his MS didn’t really seem to affect life too much. Fast forward several years and my dad could no longer do the job he was employed to do. Once he was unemployed and living at home – he used to work away. He slowly lost his independence.
To start with my dad used a walking stick to help him get around when he was unsteady. It reached a point when he needed something else to help him get around.
MS was starting to affect his life and my mum’s. They were no long able to do everything they wanted to. My mum talked about getting a scooter so that he could have more independence and be able to get around more easily. Now the thing with my dad is his pride, even though he needed help he wouldn’t admit it. He is still like it today when he needs more help.
Eventually my dad came round to the idea of a scooter so my mum had a look around to find one that was suitable. Choosing a scooter can be quite a tricky task. Especially when you haven’t got a clue what you are looking for.
Fenetic Wellbeing have come up with an infographic that can help with choosing a scooter.
Eventually my mum found a suitable scooter. They opted for this kind of mobility scooter. This fitted into the boot easily and it meant they could go for a trip to the seaside together or even shopping. It gave my dad some of his independence back.Using a scooter can really help when a persons mobility isn’t as good as it used to be. It helped my mum and dad at a time when they really needed it.
Multiple Sclerosis and many other illnesses or even just old age can result in life changing circumstances. When you need help to get around I recommend taking a look at scooters, there are so many to choose from. A scooter can make the difference from just sitting around and being able to get out and about in the fresh air.
Disclosure – This is a collaborative post.