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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 11:25:07 AM »
Thanks, Bub, for some very common sense words there about making judgements.

I hope both Fiz and Sunny continue posting here, but sometimes people do need to take a short break and that's OK.  There's bound to be disagreements at times especially if both parties are under any kind of other stress.  The members here are, after all, only human like everywhere else - and mostly I see kindness and empathy on Ouch Too. 

 >bighugs< for anyone hurting right now
Disability Talk / Re: Steroid injections?
« Last post by bub1 on Today at 09:11:36 AM »
I probably wonít have surgery and try everything else.
Because of the way my spine is it wouldnít be the last operation I would have on it.
Will see what happens
Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by bub1 on Today at 09:03:38 AM »
No one should have to defend themselves on here. Everyone has different levels of disabilities some seen some not seen.
Therefore it should not be judged.
I donít have a wheelchair nor could I propel one if I did have one.
I only go out if someone takes me. Mainly hospital appointments or out with my son which is not very often.
So please do not judge as I said some things canít be judged. Unless you are in a position like the person posting you would not know.
Keep posting Fiz and coming on here.
Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 07:18:04 AM »
Sunny, I am really picking up some antagonism from you towards me and have done from the last few days. I'll briefly answer but then will take some days off the board as I'm feeling fragile.

My issue with walking isn't mechanical, I have the physical ability to do it. My problem is pain which increases every few steps until the pain reaches a level that I'm not able to manage the pain any longer and am unable to walk further. I wouldn't go on any rides if there was any chance of being jolted as that causes excruciating neuropathic pain although that pain is temporary it's enough to put me off doing something that might cause it It must be 20 years since I went to Paultons and I can't see a situation where I would visit there unless it was to watch my grandchildren enjoy the park and rides. They've been there recently.

Why don't I have a wheelchair? Lifting my shopping causes me pain despite spreading my shopping thinly between lots of bags. I can't imagine that I'd be able to lift a wheelchair at any time. I wouldn't physically be able to propel a manual wheelchair myself if I were in it, I'm not light.

I'm trying to think what else you said, suggested or asked me. Oh, the danger I would cause others? I'm unsure what made you think that, I have never ever been a danger to anyone else. If you're referring to my PTSD reactions to anger around me or men in close proximity where I feel I cannot escape, get away etc which causes an immense panic reaction, I then sob. Loudly and continuously for hours. I'm unable to stop myself or calm myself. It's a reaction to the massive panic I feel when triggered by past memories. The Consultant Psychiatrist said this is a classic example of a reaction to a PTSD trigger. I can't see how that could possibly be a danger to anyone else.

Now I feel I have defended myself I will go and try and calm myself.
Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on June 20, 2018, 10:57:26 PM »
I think they go a long way towards accommodating eventualities.   They have ensured that almost all their rides are accessible to wheelchair users so there is no need for a wheelchair user to have a second rate experience.  They offer free entry to those with their own wheelchairs and also provide free wheelchair hire.

What is at issue here is whether they should provide free entry to those that use a wheelchair but do not arrive in one.  One could argue that they should accept something like evidence of higher rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP mobiity to provide for free access, but then I should have thought it unlikely that anyone able to walk from the car park to the wheelchair hire facility would be eligible for higher/enhanced rate mobility.

That being so, I struggle to see on what basis one would expect them to provide free entry to people who are capable of walking from the car park to the hire facility, bearing in mind that such people would be able to sit down on the rides and then walk from ride to ride.

I have already addressed the issue of supervision and expressed the opinion that the appropriate adjustment there would be for the child rate to be charged for the person requiring supervision.  Having regard to what Fiz has told us elsethread, I assume she would need very close supervision for her safety and that of others but also that she would not wish to tell Paultons that any more than she'd be willing to forewarn flight staff responsible for passenger safety.

Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by bub1 on June 20, 2018, 10:30:40 PM »
Thatís a bit uncalled for sunny.
I know where Fiz is coming from I have difficulty walking distances even short ones and I donít have a wheelchair I do have crutches that help me stay upright but have difficulty with them because of pain in spine and arm.
So it really doesnít matter whether you have a wheelchair or not to get from a to b these places should accommodate every eventuality
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by auntieCtheM on June 20, 2018, 10:10:13 PM »
Monic, talking of cutting and pasting, That phrase about me driving a manual car comes up a number of times.  In my response do I just give my reasons the first time it crops up or do I respond directly (cut and paste) every time it is mentioned by the assessor?
Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on June 20, 2018, 09:56:45 PM »
In all seriousness, if you can't walk that far, i.e. beyond the ticket office to hire a wheelchair, how come you don't have your own wheelchair?  How do you travel anywhere else?

Obviously, you don't have to tell me, but I can understand that if you were to argue the toss with Paulton's they might say that it sounds rather implausible that someone that can only walk such a short distance and can only do so with difficulty wouldn't have a wheelchair.  Not impossible but very unlikely.  I should imagine they'd wonder (as I would) how it is that if you can't walk that extra distance from the ticket office to the wheelchair hire, you manage to get through buildings you'd need to access.

You must admit that it's rather unusual for someone with such very limited mobility not to have their own wheelchair, even if it's just the most basic model they can get with the standard wheelchair voucher they'd be entitled to with so little ability to walk, or a privately purchased one.

Disability Talk / Re: Motability vehicles and insurance regulations
« Last post by Fiz on June 20, 2018, 08:35:43 PM »
Yes that's so true gorbut. Possibly why my friend with the brain damaged husband hasn't taken the option of the mobility car though they use free car tax. My friend sometimes visits her daughter without her husband and she'd not be able to do that in a motability car.
Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Fiz on June 20, 2018, 08:32:20 PM »
It's not accessible for me to visit. I can't walk far at all. I'd get from the car through the entrance ticket place and that would be me done! I haven't been here for a couple of decades now. My grandaughter went a couple of weeks ago.
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