Yesterday I went to the wedding of two dear friends. It was a lovely experience from start to finish (except for the downpour I got caught in yesterday halfway down a hill in the wheelchair, which was slightly hairy!) and I used the chair pretty much the whole time.
Assistance on the trains was organised, and if anything slightly overenthusiastic (I'm sorry my love, but if you try and push me with one hand while also pushing the ramp, I will fall off the edge of the platform!), the accessible room that we stayed in had 3(!) emergency cords (all of which reached the floor I might add) and all the taxi drivers had huge boots (that is not a euphemism).
My favourite part of the day though was dancing at the reception. I normally hate discos, because I feel very self-conscious, and I can't stand up for long enough to meaningfully join in. (Plus in Scotland most parties have ceilidhs, and those are a spetacularly bad idea when your body isn't properly held together!)
Last night I danced for 4 hours straight - longer than anyone else - and, although I ache like hell all over this morning, it was well worth it. To start with, when I wheeled out on to the dancle floor, I had no idea, well, how. I mean, I've seen videos of Wheelchair Dancer in action, so I know it's possible - but I couldn't hope for those awesome standards the first time out! Add in that I wanted to dance with Beanie (to whom I was at boob height) and that the dancefloor was quite chaotic, and I was stumped.
It took a while to crack it, but plenty of being spun round at speed, giggling and a glass of Pimm's later, and I didn't care how silly I looked- I was having too much fun! I do believe video footage exists so I might give you a sneak peek. I wished that my GP could see me being so 'limited' by the chair.
I was a little bit overwhelmed when Bendy Girl alerted me to the fact that my blog post had be mentioned in the Guardian Society Daily. I made a bit of a squeaky noise and shed a little tear.
On a related note, it's good to see more medics speaking out against NHS reforms - I know that there has been a lot of 'grassroots' opposition expressed on twitter, but most of the doctors I've raised it with on placement have barely known anything about it. I've been trying to spread the word a bit, but I just can't seem to find an angle that interests folk. The lack of awareness about the structures and politics surrounding the NHS among doctors is something that I find *really* difficult to deal with. I just want to scream "but how can you not care? RARRR".
I do wish that more of them would speak out against the welfare reforms as well. These are having a huge impact on the patient population, and I'm a bit confused as to why they're being so resoundingly ignored.