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1 Getting a motorized wheel chair on Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:05 pm

Big disagreement at the seaoat household. Wife has really been pushing the hospice in advance for when I cannot walk. I had a blow up yesterday. I am not sleeping in that F'ing death bed. I am getting a trailer and a scooter. She does not want me driving. BS! I am wasting away, but the docs were emphatic that if I can survive three months, we will see benefits from the prrt. What am I going to do wait for the unknown in a hospital bed......BS! I am going to push the envelope just as I have ten years fighting this disease, but I think my wife honestly is so tired of what lies ahead she almost in a child like trance that some how Hospice is the only answer. I am grateful for my caregiver, but there are ways I can live a full life the few months I may have.......and I will drive......and I will get a motorized wheel chair.

She honestly comes in each night to see if I am breathing.....it has been a miracle with what is left of me, but she needs to understand......she may be right and I will be dead within a month, but if she is wrong I will be living a tortured life of dependence. I have been independent since my father died when I was ten, and certainly every dying person deals with the loss of control, but quality of life must be the controlling factor.........look out Walmart shoppers.....seaoat on a scooter.

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2 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:06 pm

You go!

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3 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:15 am

Made phone calls to friends and we have everybody looking for a motorized wheel chair or scooter. I will take a test drive of scooters at Walmart this morning. I feel like I have been ran over by a steam roller, but I am going to try playing Pinochle in the wheelchair this afternoon with a group of golf buddies, and the wife will have lunch with some of her old golf buddies.

There is a Casino I used to play poker at where I had collected points, and they have this wonderful steakhouse. I have about a hundred dollars of credit, and what I used to like. was going to their bar and ordering Oysters Rockefeller, a loaf of bread and butter, and a virgin mary. The wife will have a tang and tonic, and the oysters are delicious and we are hopeful that they have the escargot. I am a snail eater. I never met a snail I did not like in hot butter.

She is going to see how wheeling me at this casino will go. The other casino has a hotel, and if I start to melt down she rolls me back to the room. The problem is that she has to sit and watch me play. She does not like playing cards in a casino. She will sit at the bar and play the video poker and I feel like Chit that she really would rather be doing other things than babysitting me in a casino. The scooter would allow me freedom to drive where I need to go and take care of myself. My body has wasted away, but exercise and movement are so important......no cure for me......at best just a little quality but I really do not know which is better a scooter or motorized wheelchair. I think the scooter do better outside. If I can master a scooter off the back of the chevy and I can drive safely, we are coming to florida. She has serious reservations about me driving, or her driving me because she thinks I will die in her car and she does not want to deal with it......well then I'll drive my scooter 950 miles.....I figure I can make it by March.

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4 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:54 am

That made me laugh thinking of the movie Dumb and Dumber when they drove that scooter to Denver... lol.

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5 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:40 am

I rented a scooter to take to Disney. Rented one before and after my knee surgery....I loved it.

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7 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:46 pm

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8 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:25 pm

Thank you for the input. We will be talking with hospice on monday whether we can meet the criteria for medicare coverage on a three month rental. I am a little uncomfortable because the prices rip SS. I can get an ok used one for about five hundred, but the problem is the car carrier. So we need a simple system which allows me to unload the wheelchair from the car.

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9 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:49 pm

The scooter I rented was transported in the SUV. The seat and battery came off and the base cools be lifted into the back. It did 4.7 mph.

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10 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:30 am

We have an electric wheelchair which a friend is letting us use. It is my last hooray of freedom. It fits in the Prius and we have a little ramp which allows the heavy base to climb right into the car. I probably will try to go to the quad cities for two days at the casino. We like the hotel so much, I would like to die there so as not to make the house have bad memories for my wife. I am serious. We have even thought about renting for a week at the end. The only problem it is in a different county and hospice has set up forms with our county.....I must say people are shaking their heads at my futile and desperate attempt to squeeze out a little more life, it is almost pathetic, except I really do love playing cards and the food at the casino is tasty and keeping me alive in this tortured existence.

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11 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:54 am

Keep going Seaoat!

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12 Re: Getting a motorized wheel chair on Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:29 pm

2seaoat wrote:I must say people are shaking their heads at my futile and desperate attempt to squeeze out a little more life, it is almost pathetic, except I really do love playing cards and the food at the casino is tasty and keeping me alive in this tortured existence.

Anyone who's not been in your situation has absolutely no call to judge the rightness or wrongness of your efforts to stay in this world as long as possible.

And there's nothing pathetic whatsoever about the human will to survive. Scratch that word from your vocabulary.

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