mobility scooter

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Hey guys, that’s me on my mobility scooter. For a year it’s helped me get to work, doctor’s appointments, to see my family & friends, to live. Without it, I’m not getting very far. I’m in too much pain to walk or stand for long periods of time. And yesterday it stopped working. 

I’m permanently disabled, so this is really scary for me. It turned out to be the battery that had gone bad. I reached out to the scooter company and the good news is that they will repair it free of charge! The bad news is that due to the nature of the battery, it cannot be overnight delivered, only shipped via ground. Both ways. Which will take a long time. I can’t afford to miss that much work, plus I have vital medical treatments to get to. I need a functional battery asap.

Fortunately they do make a different type of battery that can be sent via priority mail, and that’s what I need to get. Total including taxes & shipping is $300.
If you’d like to help, I have some cosplay items for sale on my fb page. If you want to donate via paypal, there’s a button on the top corner of my blog.
Thank you all so much, this hit me out of nowhere & I appreciate any help or reblogs to get through this.

ETA: Thanks to everyone who helped me by reblogging, donating or buying cosplay items, I’m able to order a new battery for my mobility scooter! Those of you who bought items will be getting them as soon as I’m able to get moving again. Thank you for your patience. I appreciate all of your help & kind words. I’m in a lot of pain, as I always am, but at least I know that I’ll be able to get going again soon. Thanks again!
Jay <3

FULL METAL SCOOTER!! \m/
I. AM. SO. HAPPY. RIGHT. NOW.

I FINALLY HAVE A WAY TO GET AROUND INSTEAD OF STAYING IN BED ALL DAY BECAUSE MY LEGS AND BACK HURT TOO MUCH TO GO PLACES AND WALK AROUND. Holy crap, I’m excited. I cried a little bit. This is huge, guys. And it only cost me $165 because it’s refurbished/donated. Freaking amazing. I feel like celebrating!

SCOOT SCOOT!!! 😄😭🎉🎉 #cutestscootergirluknow

Today I had to literally pry a woman’s hands off my scooter while getting on the train & tell her that I don’t need help, and she insists that because her father uses a walker she understands.
Um that’s nice, but I’m not your father & you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t try to pull my scooter, the part you’re gripping is what causes my handlebars to collapse. I don’t need to be pulled onto trains, I can accelerate just fine.
I just need you to step back so I don’t run over your feet. ASK if someone needs help before doing anything. Don’t touch a disabled person’s body or mobility aids without permission. Thanks!

Ableism in the workplace

A staff member at work was putting away some items in a hallway. There was a four foot high stack of tables on a large steel dolly. The dolly combined with the rack the staff member was using blocked the entire hallway. It would have been difficult for someone to walk around them.

I am permanently disabled and use a mobility scooter to work. I can stand up and walk short distances, but even when I am completely still, I am always in a great deal of pain. Moving around and doing manual labor makes the pain even worse. Everyone I work with is aware of this.

The staff member realized that all the equipment was blocking the path and moved them out of the way. After I thanked him and started to go by, he glared at me and said
‘You do have two legs, you know.’

I looked at him in disbelief and said ‘I’m sorry? Next time I’ll just go ahead and get off my mobility aid and move heavy objects then.’ And I left because I have work to do and no time for foolywang.

Educating ableist people online is tiresome. Doing it in person when you can see the resentment and lack of respect in the other person’s eyes is agonizing. I won’t put myself in the position of having to justify my existence to others. Pursuing a dialogue with someone who acts like this is not in my best interest and I don’t advocate for confrontation in situations like this. If it affected my position I’d take it up with a supervisor, but this is just rudeness and ableism from someone who doesn’t have direct authority over me.

I’m going to keep doing my job and not let able bodied people force me into performing tasks that could be harmful to me, because they think I’m ‘lazy’ or ‘exaggerating’ my illness. It’s just another perk of having an invisible disability. Even with visible mobility aids, people don’t believe you are ‘really’ sick.

Disabled people don’t have to prove anything to you. We just want to live our lives like everyone else. We have to struggle harder to reach the same goal. The very least you can do is not literally obstruct the path I’m rolling on and then tell me that I have legs and can clear it myself.

I’m so excited!

I found a wheelchair cosy in the goodwill store! For only 4(!) euro! So I only need a backpack now to safely put my cane in and I’m fully set and I’m going to look for one this afternoon! So I have all the disability needs now :D Only two things left on my whishlist but those are mainly for my super bad days/ in the morning (pill popper and ring can opener) so I can still get them somewher next year :D

This morning as I’m strapping my mobility scooter in so it doesn’t roll all over the bus, possibly hurting me and other passengers, I would like to say fuck you to the woman who loudly said ‘JUST HOLD ON’. I cannot support my own weight plus the weight of my scooter with my arms should the bus stop or turn sharply. That’s why the bus driver will not drive until all wheelchairs are secured. I’m sorry it takes an additional three minutes for a disabled person to get on the damn bus. I hope if you ever need any type of accessibility accommodations there are no loud mouth assholes like yourself trying to imply that said accommodations are unnecessary or an inconvenience to others. Don’t let the bus door hit you on the way out.