To pee or not to pee? That is the question…and stuff!
By Helen Brandreth, Jul 19 2013 12:19PM
Today we have a guest blog from Rupy a client at Physiotherapy 4 Life, would demonstates there may be more to physio than you may think...........
I like shopping. I like drinking. I like going to restaurants. I like the cinema. I like the theatre. I like going to visit friends. I like going on holiday! I like trains. I like stuff…yatta yatta yatta! I like a lot of stuff. I like stuff that involves doing things. Like getting out of the house. That’s pretty important when wanting to do stuff. But often as a disabled woman who wants to do things and who relies on hoists and slings and big accessible toilets…often doing stuff in itself can be a barrier. That is because, as weird as it sounds, I spend a lot of my life computing where accessible toilets are…accessible toilets with hoists. Not very many I’m afraid. And when I find out that somewhere has a hoist, I get extremely excited…like it’s Christmas or something! My favourite place on earth is the Trafford Centre. It is like the most accessible place EVER. Full of shops, restaurants, other leisurely activity stuff and an accessible toilet with a hoist. However, although the Trafford Centre is awesome, and although it is very tempting, I can’t move in, and wrap myself up in this accessible bubble!
It’s going to take a long time for the world to understand the true essence of what makes a toilet facility accessible. But that doesn’t mean that you should become a recluse. It also doesn’t mean that you constantly have to work out ‘to pee or not to pee?’.
Today I discovered the amazing invention of the Shewee! http://www.shewee.com/. Check it out! If I could use one of these when going out and about it would increase my independence so much. And although I still will probably need to use a hoist, technically, it should reduce the amount of times I will need to use a hoist during the day.
One of my aims is to become more independent when it comes to personal care and not have to rely on a PA all the time. In order for me to do this, I need to work out what I can do physically and the encouragement to push boundaries in order to reach my goals.
Helen is such an amazing physio. She takes a holistic view when it comes to working with individuals. Whenever I tell her my wacky ideas, she never discourages me or tells me that I am wrong, which a lot of past physio’s have done. I am working with Helen on achieving realistic goals, through planning aims and working through exercise regimes in order for me to live the life of an average 25 year old. I am hoping that I’ll be able to use the Shewee by myself instead of having to rely on carers or personal assistants all my life, and this is just one of the things Helen is helping me with. And although it sounds like a tiny thing, not worth doing, this practical help with add so much independence to my life.
I have been working with Helen for over 3 years now and during that time, my body has changed dramatically. I have low muscle tone and tend to get really stiff. Helen has definitely helped me improve this and my posture is so much more better than what it was.
In essence, Helen and Physotherapy4Life, are pretty awesome and without their help, I would not be as independent as I am today (even if it is learning to pee independently).