I have not always been ill. Prior to the onset of ME I was very active, and enjoyed many outdoor hobbies such as riding, cycling, gardening, swimming, walking and....
Well, you get the picture - I led a normal busy, active life.
This is me on my daughter's horse with some junior Pony Club members - probably around 2010:
Unfortunately Myalgic Encephalomyelitis stole my active life in March 2012.
Suddenly I was unable to work, or to function normally. I kept expecting to "get back to normal" but every day I felt drained! I just couldn't bounce back and kept asking "Why?"
Sadly there are few medical answers for ME and no realistic treatment options, so I was just left to get on with things.
And, this is how I still am! I run out of ooommmphfff very quickly. I also make myself permanently worse every time I try to push my boundaries!
For the first year of ME I was still able to walk enough to train my terrier Patsy. It was our first competitive year, and I attempted to send her away from me on course, so that I could take short cuts!
I even used this rather loud fleece, with the idea that dogs see blue and yellow best, and maybe she'd understand me better! It was a marginally successful tactic!
That's when I thought of using wheels.
At last, I could move quickly again, and I could once again "walk" the dogs each day.
Psychologically, this was an incredibly scary move, yet the scooter gave me back a sense of freedom - one that I thought I'd lost forever!
To be honest, using wheels has opened my world back up again!
Don't get me wrong I can still walk. Yet I've found, if I walk more than about 600 paces each day that I make myself very ill. So, I use a wee gadget called a Fitbit to monitor what I do. This seems nerdy, but it has helped me to stabilise my health.
Now, when it comes to wheels, I've discovered that there are various types of wheels, and that really a little red granny scooter does not feature highly in the wheels credibility league!
So.... after much debate, and with the realisation that my health was still not improving...
... I finally got some SERIOUS WHEELS earlier this year!
My new Aztec Scooter can go places that the wee red Rascal never could. At last I can get out through our trees again. I used to walk the dogs here each morning before work, but since becoming ill, I had been unable to do so.
The dogs love this too and I often pack coffee, nibbles and a book when I head out to the trees.
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PS... And a more recent video of me doing agility with Finn can be found in this post:
First Proper Competitive Outing for Finn.
PPS - Check here for another update at the end of 2016. An improvement in my health means that after 3+ years using wheels, I am now on my feet again. Not quite recovered, but doing better:
More than a year!