Monday, October 13, 2014

A Scooter Adventure in 70,000 Square Feet



Last week Rhonda and I went to a local event called Hollydays -- 70,000 square feet of holiday shopping.  We never could have done this without our scoots.  We didn't have to worry with getting a close parking space, or the distance from the box office to the event.  We spent several hours happily browsing and visiting.  The whole facility (including restrooms and a small elevator) were easy to navigate.

Rhonda is using a TravelScoot she's had (and used almost daily) for over 5 years.  It's still in great shape.  Mine is the newest model, which I am coming to appreciate more and more.  It's nice to have a reverse (especially for the elevator), the motor is inside the back wheel, and there's no belt.  The brakes work great too. The bag on my handlebars holds my portable oxygen tank.  (Yes, vanity made me take the cannula off for the picture.)

While we were there Rhonda ran into a friend of ours who also has a TravelScoot she's had for over 5 years that is still going strong.  We all owe this day of fun to our scoots and our good friends.  I hope you all are having TravelScoot adventures too!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TravelScoot for Two


From Hardy Huber, inventor of the TravelScoot:

This trailer picture was taken with former Munich Mayor (for the last 20 years). He is very popular in southern Germany and approached me last Sunday when he spotted me riding along with a walking impaired friend. He is interested to get scooter and trailer for his walking impaired wife, who otherwise he would need to push her in a wheelchair.

He recognized immediately that this would be much more fun for both of them whenever she needs to be moved over a distance.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Scooting the Dog

 Scooting the Dog

This wonderful video shows Harry using his TravelScoot for walking Ruby, his Basset Hound.  He says she's the world's slowest dog (unless she sees another dog) and they're learning to walk and scoot together.

Ruby's NOT pulling the TravelScoot - she's on a retractable leash that affords her freedom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3o11gPX_Vc&feature=youtu.be



Monday, July 14, 2014

Carrying a Walker on the TravelScoot



Sorrell wrote recently asking if any of you had figured out a way to attach a walker to a TravelScoot.  His wife who has had a stroke has problems with balance, but is able and needs to use a walker for short distances.  She uses the scoot for longer distances, such as at a museum or at the zoo, etc.  But they like to take the walker along so she can access bathrooms more readily, or walk for shorter distances wherever they might be.

They are interested in any ideas anyone else may have tried, or anyone else's experiences with this problem.

Sorrell sent in the pictures below of what they've devised.  He says that although this system works, it's rough and somewhat clumsy and heavy and can probably be improved upon with a lighter metal, improved design, or a totally different solution.  They are looking for suggestions, perhaps from someone who has dealt with this before.



Photo #1 shows how they had a metal worker create these two gutter-like cup structures (cut from pipe) welded respectively to two short metal stems, welded in turn to short metal pipe segments that fit as sleeves over the yoke arms of the TravelScoot. These in turn are welded to a metal rod which stabilizes the position of the gutter cups.  The welding is critical as the position of the sleeves differs on the right and left arms of the yoke because of the holding clamp on the right arm.


Photo #2 show the placement of this contraption on the yoke.





Photos #3 and #4 show the walker positioned on the back of the TravelScoot seat.  The wheels of the walker rest in the gutter like cups, with the upper crossbars of the walker attached to the upright post of the back support with a bungee cord.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Funding a TravelScoot


Domi and "zhoom," on her first day at Pacific University
Recently I became acquainted with a vibrant, resourceful and intelligent woman who bought a TravelScoot in part so she could return to school to work on her MFA.  I have a special empathy for students with mobility problems, because that was my biggest hurdle in college.  It always seemed ironic to me that my greatest struggle wasn't with the coursework, but with getting from my car to class.

A search of GoFundMe.com for "TravelScoot" is how I found Domi, and now we're Facebook friends so I get to keep up with her antics and accomplishments.  She acquired her TravelScoot by reaching out to friends and family and asking them for help (http://www.gofundme.com/2hlofs).  Her campaign was fully funded and she ordered her scoot about 14 months ago.  I imagine that in her lifetime she will pay it forward many times over.

I wanted to make you all aware her campaign and others for two reasons:
  • You might be in a situation where you have a burning desire to live a fuller, more active life, but mobility problems and finances are blocking your path.  
  • You know how much having a TravelScoot has changed your life, and you might like an opportunity to pay it forward and help someone who isn't as fortunate as you to have that same freedom.  

These are the campaigns I see posted right now, with links if you'd like to learn more.



Scooting for StitchGnomercy


Candice says, "Getting this scooter will help me personally but will also help me keep up with my scholarly and activist work on joyful physical activity for bodies of all sizes and abilities. It's not been easy and I've caught a lot of flack in the bowels of the internet by people assuming that scooter use means less physical activity because of the size and shape of my body.

I hope that my position as an academic (and hopeful PhD by 2016!) will help change the popular perceptions regarding exercise, body size, chronic pain, and disability. By helping me be able to be active despite a broken body, you all are helping in that fight!"

Read more at http://www.gofundme.com/7omkjg



Spina Bifida-Mobility Needed for School


Marie says, "I have a birth defect (spina bifida) that didn't show up until I was 37, when balance and exhaustion from nerve damage began crumbling my world. I shifted my reality from successful pastry chef and baking teacher to full time student, and now, 6 years later, I am a sculptor and writer applying for grad school in London to become an art teacher. I walk with a cane and use to have an electric scooter to get around town but it died. Since then my choices are more limited and I really need to replace it to live my life fully."

Read more at http://www.gofundme.com/2qwbhs



Scooter for Cynthia/Unique Styles Art


Cynthia is an artist who loves to travel around showing her art.  She lost one arm in a fire as a child and wants to be able to easily use a taxi or ride in a friend's car.  She dreams of displaying her art throughout Detroit, and one day owning her own art business and helping other disabled artists.

Read more at http://www.gofundme.com/5inias







Monday, July 7, 2014

Carrying a Walker


The post below is from Sorrell.  He's his wife's "scooter wrangler" and he's trying to find a way to carry her walker on the TravelScoot.  If you have input on this, please post the answer in a comment on the blog, or send an email to elizabeth@ifisher.com. 

From Sorrell:

I have enjoyed reviewing many of the entries in your Travelscoot blog, but I was looking to see if any one had created a form of attachment to the Travelscoot for a walker.  My wife who has had a stroke has problems with balance, but is able and needs to use a walker for short distances.  We use the travel scoot for longer distances, such as at a museum or at the zoo, etc.  But we like to take the walker along with us so that she can access bathrooms more readily, or to walk for shorter distances wherever we might be.

We have created a metal attachment for the yoke under the seat, but it's not great.  If there are any ideas out there that someone may have tried, we would like to hear about it, or anyone else's experiences with this problem.

Thank you for any help that might be available.

TravelScoot at Disney


From Janice:

I'm heading back home from a wonderful Disney vacation.  We spent four days at the park and four days in the Bahamas. The TravelScoot worked great on the ship for me.  We had to learn how to get ours in the room. I should have asked for a disabled room, but we made it work.

Really enjoyed Florida, Disney World, the Cruise on the Disney Dream and the TravelScoot which gave me the freedom to enjoy it all.