I have summer on the brain; I grew up in and around water, there was a time when I was a part of a part of an adaptive synchronized swim team. But the challenge of summer is sand.
Sand and wheelchairs don’t mix the sand quickly gets you stuck and at times makes it feel like more work than it is worth to enjoy a day at the beach. I know people who have beach chairs but I actually had an old one of my wheelchairs adapted into a rickshaw. They made it so that the tubing that formed the rickshaw could be removed and thus you maintained normal wheelchair function. Having the rickshaw means that I could go over rigid train. I am not going to lie I have to be trusting of the people helping me as the movement of the rickshaw is 100% out of my control.
I like sand in a sense as a kid I was always either playing in the sand or in the water. water is freeing to my body it allows me for a few moments to forget that my movements are compromised by cerebral palsy
Using the wheelchair as a rickshaw allows the larger wheelchair wheels to lead and thus generally not dig into to the sand. I’m glad to have the rickshaw as it opened doors to activities that were otherwise becoming physically out of my reach. Having the rickshaw allows me the ability to get to that water again this was something I feared as it got physically harder
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