13 things to know when you’re pushing a wheelchair!


This is our second summer having a wheelchair.

There are a few things I wish someone had told me before we got the chair in order to make our life that bit easier.

1– The wheelchair can be used as a weapon. Do not be shy about rolling over feet after you’ve asked a few times for those feet to be moved.

Normally you don’t have to go through with rolling over actual feet, you just tip them with the wheel and they jump!

2– When using the chair as a weapon and being called out on it, just smile and remind that person that you did ask them to move, but you have to be somewhere too.

Ask them why their need comes before your child’s – they won’t know what to say and tend to just ‘let it go’.

3– People think if you’re pushing a wheelchair that you are ‘nice’ and a very ‘patient’ person.

I have no idea why they think that. You get a lot of smiles and nods when you push a chair.

This could be because my son is still at the ‘cute’ phase, despite being 15, he looks about 8. It’s nice to have random people smile at you, despite their reasoning. Smile back!

4– Disabled toilets are going to make your blood boil; it’s akin to road rage except its loo rage.

Loo rage will take over when you see that there is nowhere to change your child but the dirty ground.

5– You will become a ninja when it comes to cleaning your child without touching the floor.

Also, you will carry a huge changing bag as you now need to cover the floor.

6– You won’t judge anyone for using the disabled toilet, you will do your best to presume that they are decent humans…on the days when you want to yell at them, you’ll stare instead.

Despite what many may say here; those who are genuine will smile at you, those who aren’t find the ground fascinating…

7– Disabled parking will also cause parking rage.

You will watch for the blue badge, if they don’t have the blue badge you have zero issue giving out stink to them.

Seriously, you are like a hawk when it comes to spotting the blue badge.

8– You will try to pull a wheelie, your kids will love it including the one in the chair but strangers will give you a look of shock. Smile at them.

9– Hills will become a great way to shape up your butt.

Your friends will argue over pushing your child up a hill; let them push that chair!

10–most people will hold the door for you, watch out for their toes.

You will roll over that nice person’s toes and they will say it’s ok, but it hurts, it hurts a lot.

11—Kids will stare at the chair, adults will too, save the annoyed look for the adults.

12– Always ensure you have the brakes on if you stop to talk to someone; use both brakes especially if your child likes to rock in the chair.

And finally;

13– Paths and routes become annoying but you just get used to it.

You will ring every place before you visit it to ensure its wheelchair friendly, this will become akin to ringing a venue to see if they are family friendly.

Our manual wheelchair has served us well.

It’s been there when we needed it.

We got an electric chair recently, it’s battery needs replacing, we can’t pull wheelies or run down a hill , or work our butt out but hey, it does give my back a break !

This was originally published on Firefly Community 




September 22, 2017 at 9:09 am

7 made me laugh, I feel the same way about the mother and baby, sitting in my car just glaring waiting to see if they get a child out the back! Some of these made me laugh but some made me sad. Love to you. xx

    September 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Aw thank you. Yeah when my toddler was little and I’d Ethan with me , i used to go nuts if i saw the parent space being abused !!! It happens a lot too.

September 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

Love your sense of humour, hilarious! I have to admit I do sometimes use the disabled toilets when it is not busy but always feel guilty when I do. If I ever came out and there was a person who should rightfully be using it, I think I would die! I am not surprised people smile when Ethan comes along, I would, too! x

    September 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for reading Tracy, yes Ethan tends to make a lot of people laugh and smile. I think many people are guilty of that too, I hope through my writings I have shown what it means to those who need that toilet (for many different reasons) when they see the toilet being used for convenience sake rather than for it’s purpose.

September 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

Paths and access are never quite as good as you think they are going to be, are they? Glad your back gets a break sometimes now.

    September 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    That’s for sure ! Yes my back has suffered greatly since we began using the chair, the electric chair takes the pressure off but I’m finding it much hardier to get around with it! Ah well, we will figure it out! Thanks for reading Janet x

September 22, 2017 at 11:54 am

This was a great post it informed, entertained and moved and really made me think about what it’s like being the person pushing the wheelchair.

September 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Some of these made me chuckle. I hate that disabled toilets are generally rubbish, so many places need to improve on their facilities x

    September 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Absolutely Emma, those toilets are glorified baby changing rooms . I don’t kno why a baby changing table can’t be added to male and female toilets or better yet, a family room toilet added! Thanks for reading

September 23, 2017 at 7:36 am

I remember pushing my nan in a wheelchair many years ago and it is such hard work – def a good work out 🙂 I know what you mean about the toilets / parking spaces, so flipping annoying! x

September 23, 2017 at 8:58 am

It can’t be easy but it sounds like you have a lot of patience for those people who take advantage yet tell them off when they take it too far. Thank you for sharing this

    September 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I really don’t have that much patience,I just try to think better of people ,I persume those that come out of the disabled toilets have a hidden disability but when it comes to the blue badge,you either have one or ya don’t you know ,it’s much more clear cut

September 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

I like your sense of humour. My brother-in-law is in a wheelchair, and paths and toilets are always a nightmare when we are out and about.

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