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Hi i'm Mikecd,

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Mikecd
Mikecd Community member Posts: 19 Connected
For the past 20 years, I have had rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis along with other health conditions. I am an ambulatory wheelchair user, although currently have no wheelchair. Although, I have them I struggle using walking sticks as these cause additional pain so I am looking for a power wheelchair. I have mobility but I get crippled up when I am on my feet for long periods and exhausted which knocks me out for days, hence the reason for the power wheelchair. 

I like IT and volunteer tech adviser/trainer for AbilityNet's free service, which helps older people and people with disabilities when they have problems with or using their computers or other digital devices. (Currently on sabbatical) 

I have been using computers for over 30 years and built a couple for myself so I have learnt a few things, I know a lot but am not an expert. 

I worked in construction for a long time as a carpenter, surveyed, contracts manager and teacher. I have since trained in health and social care and completed a degree in health studies public health, graduating as a social scientist in 2020. Since then life has been busy, Recovered from covid, my daughter moved out, I moved home and I am just now taking a well-earned rest and looking for paid employment. Life costs and so do power wheelchairs.

I am dyslexic <- which I know how to spell, woop woop :D and I was diagnosed with ADHD just over a year ago and they also picked up autism which makes a lot of sense. 

I streem/binge watch a lot of TV programs and movies, marvel, syfy fantasy fiction (eg. The Expance, star-trek etc) Action, some romance and other genre movies as long as they are well made.

I play computer games Minecraft and Lords of the Realm II <- and old 90s turn game, not into war games. 

I follow hermiscraft on YouTube for Minecraft content, also Escape to rural France, The Chateau Diaries and How To Renovate A Chateau.

 



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  • Beaver79
    Beaver79 Community member, Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 22,285 Disability Gamechanger
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    Good morning @Mikecd Welcome to the Community. If you have any questions please ask. Thank you for telling us your story. Have a look around and join in with us. Take care.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 52,934 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @mikecd welcome to the forum. It's a nuisance isn't it having all these ailments.  Have you been looking at power wheel chairs  to see which one might suit you. They can be costly, but you can get reconditioned ones. 
    I've dropped a link you may find useful below 

    https://www.independentliving.co.uk/il-editorials/nhs-wheelchair-services/#:~:text=If you meet the eligibility,also meets or exceeds your

    Look forward to seeing you posting around the forum
  • Mikecd
    Mikecd Community member Posts: 19 Connected
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    Sandy_123 said:
    Hi @mikecd welcome to the forum. It's a nuisance isn't it having all these ailments.  Have you been looking at power wheel chairs  to see which one might suit you. They can be costly, but you can get reconditioned ones. 
    I've dropped a link you may find useful below 

    https://www.independentliving.co.uk/il-editorials/nhs-wheelchair-services/#:~:text=If you meet the eligibility,also meets or exceeds your

    Hi Sandy_123 Thanks for the welcome and information re-wheelchair services link. There is some interesting info on there. I was told I could expext a 2 year wait for equipment, I would look for the indepent support and get my own.

    I have been to Naidext expo and the Motibility One Big Show, heading to the DisabilityExpo next in July. I was looking at a basic powerchair but talking to someone from motability charity re-my conditions they did point out I would need to consider my comfort more. Of course this means doubling my budget, which im still saving for. 

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    Thanks for the welcome @Beaver79


  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,154 Scope online community team
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    Great to have you with us @Mikecd, you're very welcome here!

    What sort of sci-fi TV are you watching at the moment? I've seen plenty of Trek over the years, but only managed one episode of The Expanse before all the other TV programmes I was watching got in the way, is it worth giving it another go?
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  • Mikecd
    Mikecd Community member Posts: 19 Connected
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    Great to have you with us @Mikecd, you're very welcome here!

    Thanks Adrian

    What sort of sci-fi TV are you watching at the moment?

    Nothing much at the moment, watched the latest Marvel Comics universe, the Quantum Realm a few nights ago. I think the hype for the movie was better than the movie itself, still worth the watch though.

    I've seen plenty of Trek over the years,

    Picard season 1 and 3 were good, I think the idea behind season 2 with Q was to introduce the ability to make changes to the old timeline. This gives them opportunity to create new story lines, it will be interesting to see what works etc.

    but only managed one episode of The Expanse - is it worth giving it another go?

    Yes it's worth continuing, I have watched it a few times although like most programs some seasons are better than others.





  • Mikecd
    Mikecd Community member Posts: 19 Connected
    edited May 2023
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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    Just adding my hello and welcome to you @Mikecd I hope you're settling into the forum okay. 

    If there's anything we can lend a hand with, please ask :) 
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  • Mikecd
    Mikecd Community member Posts: 19 Connected
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    Just adding my hello and welcome to you @Mikecd I hope you're settling into the forum okay. 

    If there's anything we can lend a hand with, please ask :) 
    Thanks for the welcome @a@AlexW_Scope and will do
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