Hi! I want to share my Life Extraordinary...to share the reasons why my husband and I both know from experience, that Walking Is, Way Overrated. Adventures, Stories, Life lessons and Problem Solving, intended to encourage and inspire anyone who may be new to using wheels for legs, or is just plain interested in reading something unique. We don't get any credit, all the glory goes to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Hi there. A few years ago my talented Dad built me a huge customized desk. I have had the footage since then and finally got it all put together into a video. He has built so many great pieces over my 52 years, the list is endless. This is the most recent. It is great to have a lot of surface area when you use a wheelchair. It means I can store things where I can see them and access them with ease. As a visual artist, collecting art supplies is an addiction. Having a large area with easy to pull drawers makes my artistic life possible. Thank you always to my wonderful Dad, and Mom too of course. Having caring parents without special needs is a blessing, and an even bigger blessing when you do have those unique needs. Take a watch Below! My Dad Builds My Customized Desk
Recently we realized our brand new twinxl mattresses that were only six months old, were just not helping my back. We have a great Leggett and Platt adjustable bed. See here to learn more about that in a previous post with video. The new mattress on my side was sinking too far after only a couple weeks. For sixteen years we have been using the same adjustable bed, but needed to replace the very excellent Sealy for adjustable beds, mattresses. Our king size bed is comprised of two twin xl beds.
Because bed support is super important for people with back issues, like severe scoliosis, it was clear we needed to replace the new Simmons mattresses from the Brick.
Not in the mood to figure out what would work best. Afraid of buying another wrong mattress, I tried researching the only brick and mortar stores I knew of like the Brick, Leons and Dufrenes. But nothing made me feel confident they would work out. Beds can't really be truly returned. In fact because twin xl's are custom made, the Brick said there was no way to return or exchange them. Not to mention, I was scared of wasting more money we didn't have.
Bed support is critical
So while we watched review after review about beds/mattresses, I remember seeing the Logan and Cove website pop up. Craig asked me to check out the Endy mattress online and I think that was how the other popped up. Needless to say, we ordered an Endy pillow (slept on it two nights- too firm, not squishable...more on that in the future) but, the mattress didn't feel right. Never interested in just a foam mattress, we moved on. Then after my exasperation set in, I just couldn't pick one confidently so on a whim and possibly Divine intervention, we ordered this mattress called Logan Cove from Novosbed in Canada.
Watch our new Bed review!!
What drew me was the hybrid luxury aspect of it, individually wrapped pocket coils that are 13 and 14 gauge, giving them better spring and support I assume. And it had layers of different support foams and bonus, it stated it was suitable for an adjustable bed! Plus it has a 120 sleep night guarantee. The one draw back was, it had a pillow top. For me, I always avoided pillow tops, assuming they would compress and not be soft or be too soft. But this didn't stop me this time. There was a special "feeling" this time...just order it, you need a new mattress.
A Jump To King Size
Because we never use the individual controls on our adjustable bed, I just need it to sit up and be comfy, we finally opted to buy a full king mattress. No more seam down the center and it was about three hundred dollars cheaper to buy a king as opposed to two twin xl's. The bed was ordered.
While we waited, I started browsing on Amazon and saw another similar looking mattress that has springs and foam, and was less than half the price. After a mild panic, asing Craig if we should cancel the new one and buy this really cheap one, I called the L and C number a couple times asking questions. They were very nice. Needless to say, we got a grip and stayed committed to the L and C mattress. We concluded that we always learn lessons the hard way when we cheap out. After all, the Amazon one didn't have the same quality at all. You could tell from reading and comparing. Be careful about opting for what is cheap, it is why we already wasted money on the last mattresses and don't get me started on pillows! (more on that in the future).
The Final Verdict?
Check out our video to see what we thought and think so far.
Yay guys! Hopefully in the last eight months or so, any of you who are seeking to get a new wheelchair or want to recommend it to someone that you care about, you're able to glean some information from the process that I've been going through... To cut to the chase, if you wish dive right in to share the joy with me!
And then last week (hence the new video) the Grand Finale that I am sharing with you today, is because on February 20, 2018, my favourite tech and salesperson from our vendor, took my chair in the morning, returning it with replaced parts and the long awaited for bestest back to date, the Jay 3 back, is back number five. Watch The Grand Finale Below!
Using a wheelchair for 90% of my life, this past experience was the longest "in the process," process, that I've ever went through. It definitely requires the patience of God, as well as helping with research, instead of what I did before - nothing. I would just let the salesperson and professionals, tell me what I needed. I didn't think we were allowed to get involved, turns out I was wrong. This time around, I learned that I was able to do my own research on Internet, looking at a plethora of options that are out there. The sales person, that we've known and loved for over 20 years, helped me out tremendously, accepting my choices, bringing them to fruition.
The long timeline, makes complete sense, when your physical needs have escalated. It is why was the physiotherapist and occupational therapists, make sure that your seating needs are met to the best of their ability. And I'm sure it is why, in our province of Ontario, we are permitted to get a new back and cushion every two years. Why did I wait 12 years? Just didn't know that new backs for possible. By now I know. Having wonky seating definitely has helped encourage my back to curve more. I look forward to years of more support. Especially, since we now have a really good supportive bed. (more on that and another video/blog soon) High-level needs people such as myself, have ever-changing physical needs regarding seating support and such.
My new wheelchair process, has been going on since April 2017 to be exact. That was when I first received my new power tilt Motion Concepts/Invacare wheelchair. To give a brief summary, in case you don't know, on the very first day, I had joystick troubles so my chair shutdown sporadically. As often happens, the specialized wheelchairs, with various components need to be tried out. Went through a few headrest options. And the biggest was finding the best back for my requirements.
The goal of course, is to find what works for each client. Which meant for me, the first back didn't work for my spine needs. The long and the short of it is. Due to technical difficulties, my entire wheelchair was fully replaced once, along with some other minor issues about parts that needed to be switched out, including another joystick and my power tilt components.
To find out just how well my entire new chair is take a watch below!
In light of so much seriousness out there today, thought it would be fun to post a video we enjoyed making a year or more ago. I always loved these little treasures and Craig has never even tasted these before! Have you? What am I talking about? Well watch and find out! Hope it makes you smile! Enjoy Watching!
Hi everyone. Here is part two about our new fridge. We are done talking fridge safety and see Craig christen the fridge as well as share why this model is much more wheelchair user friendly as well as a couple surprises at the end. If you haven't seen Part One click here.
We take a lot of things for granted these days. Refrigeration indoors is one of those things. A couple weeks ago, we noticed some funky food doors emanating from our Kitchenmaid fridge that was fifteen years old. Clearly, the freezer wasn't going to temperature at safe levels. To confirm that, we took our outside thermometer and used it to check the fridge and freezer. Sure enough, both sides were ten degrees (in Celsius) too low.
Confirmed by our trusted Fridge Doctor,(really, that is his company name), we ordered an inexpensive, discontinued Fridgidaire. Craig is the one who accesses the fridge so the question was, should we get one with the side by side, like we had but clearly had difficulties accessing areas when using a wheelchair. Or, do we get the traditional upper freezer, with lower fridge or vice versa? Years ago I had an accessible apartment with the side by side and assumed that was the more accessible type refrigerator. But after having our own for fifteen years, we concluded that because of the vertical divide, the shelves are narrow and deeply inset, making it harder to reach more areas.
The Bottom freezer idea would mean not being able to reach down and in deep enough, limiting access. And not being able to access the upper most fridge shelves.
Top Freezer, or the Old fashioned style would work best. Ideally, if you require an accessible fridge, if you can, please go to a store and try reaching and getting to all the parts you need to, to help make your decision. This is just our opinion....
Watch Part One Of Our Fridge-less AdventureBelow!
We will show more in the video part 2 shortly.
Oh Okay remember yesterday? If you Are new to Our recent adventures And don't know what On earth, Am I talking about... And YOU, really really want to know, Just click this link to go to yesterday. Pretty amazing when you think about it, Only on Internet Land can we relive the past so vividly. Sometimes that's a great thing other times, not so much.
I don't want to spoil the ending, So I will say no more. Grab a nice warm, Comforting Beverage or a Refreshing, icey cold one, Depending on which Half of the equator you live on, And find out The answers To Nagging questions such as... 1. Were Anita's tears, tears of joy, Or tears of sadness? 2. How much hair and my husband had back in the 1970s 3. Did Craig make it back home okay? Watch the video Below to find Out
If you're new to Walking Way Overrated, you might want to check out this video/ blog Post, to catch up on what's been happening to my poor husband Craig trying to get into our wheelchair accessible van. On the other hand, If you've been hanging around WWO for a while, one of our dear friends who actually know our situation, meaning we've seen you face-to-face, looked each other straight in the eye, then you know what's been happening. Not saying that people online aren't friends, I think you know what I mean.
It is actually been a couple of weeks since Craig was able to run errands or use our van for whatever, because he has been stuck in our van two times in a week. We've had two technicians look at our wheelchair lift since then, and of course both times the list work pretty good. The conclusion from both were, possibly the remote control system. But that's all I'm going to say because I made a video sharing the exciting adventures that Craig has recently been on. Or has he? Watch our newest video/vlog today-right below
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Since Christmas is very much in our lives whether we want it or not, thought it would be appropriate to have a "Keeping It Real, Life Share" and pass on this article we just did from our other blog... just click the link to see. Sure Hope Gazette: Christians That don't "do" Christmas?: Do you Remember? Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose (Frankly if there Was a guy gnawing on my nose, I...
Someone reading this might ask, What Do your views on Christmas Have to do with your blog walking way overrated? To that My husband and I would say, Since this Blog is about our life as a whole, What we believe in, What we celebrate Or don't, What we enjoy, What bothers us, Our questions About whatever, Wally like to do for fun, What would like to avoid....All of it Pertains to our life. I know we mostly talk about Topics related to living with a physical disability, But obviously, Our lives are very well-rounded....Ha ha, a joke about our round wheels just came into my mind- Would that be considered a pun? It doesn't hurt that my physical body is actually well-rounded to, Ha ha. Okay enough silliness.
Hope you all have a wonderful 2018. It is so difficult to believe we are Almost there already.
Okay, I can't resist sharing this. so I will post a new article by tonight.... :o)
Hi guys! If you've been following this blog/vlog at all, then you know it's been one of the craziest weeks of the year. Anything that wasn't so great, seemed to happen, happened. But then, as always, where are reminded of God's loving care and protection. Because things could've been a lot worse, if we weren't under His protection. Case in point, Watch the video below and you'll know what I mean....
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all enjoy the holiday time with your friends and family.
Hi guys. W.W.O. is about our lives, and here's a big part of our life. Since I have been encouraged by others on the world wide web during trying times, hopefully one person out there may need to hear this. Only God knows. watch Part 1
Walking Way Overrated, Is intended to be a Site Basically about our lives. Can't really call it a blog or a vlog, We pretty much cover A huge Range of topics that Involve our lives somehow. And sometimes we share stuff we find useful, inspiring or just plain fun.
HeArtfully Creating, Is my creativity blog. Can you call it a blog if it has artistic Video tutorials and other things that aren't really blog like? (check it out here if you want to know what I mean.) Either way H.C. has a definite focus. whereas, W.W.O is more of a collage of our lives. H.C. is like one piece of that collage.
All that being said, I was having fun today Trying out our new Samsung J3 Galaxy phone. We are actually using our older Galaxy As our mobile phone because we don't have a data plan. Our phone is for emergencies, texting and Craig plays online chess with a dear friend when he's at home.
But since three years have passed and our contract was up a long time ago, our company offers free phones if you sign a two-year contract. So hey, Why not get a new phone for nothing. We don't like the bigger phones for mobility so we tick to the old one as a phone.
What do you call it if you don't really use it as a phone, but it is a phone? Does anyone else Use their "phone" as a device to do internet stuff and not a phone? It is like having an IPod.
Waiting for our new phone case to come from Ebay in China (3-12 weeks?), I had just made a very messy looking phone cover using a hot glue gun technique (look the DIY's on YouTube!). I could now finally hold the new super slippery, thin, big phone now. It would slip and slide so much, I just kept dropping it. If you are in a pinch and have gripping issues, or don't want to waste mega bucks for a phone shop case, glue gun glue covers work pretty good. Can't wait for my glittery silicone one arrives next year though.
So, wanting to play with our new device, I was filming Craig, amazed that a light can shine from the phone when you film if you want! And we thought it was super cool when we discovered an app called "Oxygen Measurement" that takes your blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate, hearing and vision test and even psychological measurements! Okay, that is still the coolest app ever! That light in Craig's face video is this one:
After I blinded him filming, I wanted to see the difference without the built-in flashlight. I got him to show the cool DIY bending/elbow tripod he just made me from our unused desk lamp. Since HeArtfully Creating is my creativity site, and W.W.O. is our life stuff- worlds felt like they collided. Both blogs could host this video! Now it will be much easier for me to do my polymer clay/creativity tutorials! Take a look Below From Desk Lamp To Tripod
Hi guys! Autumn is pretty much gone here in Northwestern, Ontario. Snow lightly covers the ground, and the temperatures are still fluctuating 10-15 degrees- last week minus ten celsius, today plus sevenish and rain sprinkles! Only the Good Lord knows what tomorrow will bring. (That, for those who don't know, was a "Canadian moment!" We talk about the weather daily.
On that note, I am having an "Anita Moment." These days, that is sharing a recent update on my new chair process in live action video. So if you really need a diversion take a watch below.
Hi guys! As you know (Well, That's if you follow this blog at all) I have been going through and getting a new chair process. Just when I thought everything was a go, Turns out the back I thought would work is causing some pain. So
much pain and discomfort, That I needed to go back Into my old clunker wheelchair. Don't get me wrong, it is still - "Old Faithful," and I am thankful for it, that is for sure. It can cause pain too, but, the reasons are covered in my new short video.
I decided to do an illustration to show reasons your wheelchair may be causing pain. What matters most is finding the cause so you ca rectify it. Now this is only if you know for sure it is NOT due to your condition. I have severe 80 degree plus scoliosis "S" curve with rotation.