Weather and Wheelchairs

Weather and Wheelchairs

How does the weather effect a wheelchair user? The weather has a great deal of influence on your day if you are disabled. As if we didn’t have enough to think about before? I guess not, because there it is in your face.

How’s that 2,000 degree Florida sunshine feeling when you can’t sweat below your injury? I’m not overheated at all! Are you crazy? This wheelchair feels great as my skin melts to become one with the metal! Contact burns are serious business if you can’t feel them happening and pull your skin away.

Is that a thunderstorm? I always wanted to be a human lightning rod. I wonder if wheelchair tires ground you the way car tires do when struck. I find it highly doubtful. Chances are that you will not get struck by lightning. Chances are that you will get soaked to the bone because the law of physics state that wheelchair steering, transferring to vehicles, and holding an umbrella create a vortex of screw you it’s impossible. Pneumonia anyone?

Snow is awesome and great, but only when it is in the grass. So you’ve decided you can power on and push through did you? You clearly did not anticipate the build up of snow at your foot rests. Now you’re stuck? I’m not rescuing you. I warned you that wheelchairs were not meant for snow. What made you get in the grass to begin with? Only rude people don’t shovel their sidewalks.

Ice! So nature has decided that hockey should be a city wide event? What are you going to do now? I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to drink some hot cocoa and laugh at the people stuck in the snow.

The weather can wreck your best laid plans of getting outside without a vehicle. All you can do is be prepared and laugh it off. Be prepared for whatever weather you are facing and keep supplies on hand. Whether that entails extra water bottles and cool wraps to lower your core temp, or a change of clothes to stay warm and dry. Mother nature is no joke.

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