Tuesday, January 9, 2018

An UpLIFTing Adventure? Part 2 -The Video, Un-Cut

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

An UpLIFTing Adventure?

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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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Keeping It Real, Life Share: Sure Hope Gazette: Christians That don't "do" Christmas?

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)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Walking Way Overrated: Somebody Dial 9-1-1- Or Don't?

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.
the Bergies

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Life Share, Keeping It Real- Ch...Ch....Ch... CHANGES

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
watch Part 2

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DIY Tripod Arm....WORLDS COLLIDE: Walking, Way, Overrated & Heartfully Creating

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.

Worlds Collide
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  

Friday, November 24, 2017

Walking Way Overrated: Anita's Newest Wheelchair Update

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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Anita's New Chair Process: Finding a source of PAIN- When using a new wheelchair

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. 

Watch My SHORT Video Below

Monday, October 23, 2017

OUR Sizzling 16th Anniversary: Celebrating Bergie Style

Craig's way to celebrate sixteen years of wedded bliss. How we keep the "sizzle" in our marriage!
watch our short adventure videos below.

watch Part 1-Side Dish Pasta, Broccoli, Mozza Cheese Bake
watch Part 2: Craig's way to celebrate sixteen years of wedded bliss
Heat pan very hot. Add butter and drop well seasoned steak into pan. A sizzle must be heard.
Note: Keep camera farther away-fogged up.
watch Part 3- Prime Rib Steak
watch Part 4- Sizzling Time

watch Part 5- Prime Rib Steak
Tent meat with foil for five minutes

watch Part 6- Is It Cooked?

It all worked out well. We ate too  much as usual!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Anita's New Wheelchair: Size And Shape Matters

Watch Below Our Bracket Investigation Video
Okay, it has been ten days  since my last wheelchair update (click here to see.) Wanting to be able to review the various components to this complex Power chair, I thought I would share where we are at so far. It isn't fair to give any reviews because some components like the back, still needs adjustments. However, I can say what I think so far.
More than just I, Benefit from a comfortable fitting headrest

It is important to remember that when sitting in a new wheelchair, to not to make judgment calls immediately. For instance, the day I got to go back into the "saddle," I told my sales person everything felt pretty comfortable. She knows from experience, and I too am learning, that you can't tell if something is going to be comfortable until you have used it or sat in or on it, for at least 24 to 48 hours. Perfect case in point. Remember the story of the first cushion we tried? Within minutes I thought it would be okay, but after one hour, I was pleading to get off of it!
Today I want to focus on the state of my newest headrest...
Talk About The Headrest 
The newest one: Now why won't this go in easily?

I mentioned in the last post about my new chair, it was my third attempt, trying out a new headrest and bracket. The first two headrest pads that we tried, caused my head to have numb spots and even pain at times when tilting for any length of time. We've all had our legs or arms fall asleep, imagine it happening to your scalp! Who knew pins and needles could happen there too. I am happy to report, the new larger size, along with a deeper curve has left my head with all of its feeling intact, at all times. :o)  That's a good thing in a headrest.

Clearly my lumpy and large head needed more support and padding. We went from a ten inch to a fourteen inch wide "PLUSH" model from Whitmyer. Size matters when it comes to headrests. Having the right size, is a huge improvement. Ten days later and still loving the comfort of it.  Still waiting for the sheepskin cover, then it will stand up for it's name, PLUSH!

The rectangle hole that
should be a square.
ONE PIECE, MANY PARTS...Headrest pads don't stand alone. They need to be mounted on brackets, that make them removable from the chair's back, as well as adjustable. For instance we remove my head rest every time I need to transfer, in or out of my wheelchair. It is in the way otherwise.

Shape Matters
Unfortunately on day two,   when I went to tilt my wheelchair back, the headrest moved back and forth, not locking, no matter how tight we turned the lever knob. Puzzled and surprised, we tried to figure out what was going on. Wanting to see what was happening, I got Craig to film it (watch my poor quality video at top of the post)
Turns out, as you can see in the video at the top of this page (sorry for the quality- still waiting for my YouTube appeal to come through) and photos,
the post is square and is inserted into a rectangle shape, therefore leaving too much room so the headrest cannot be properly secured, leaving room to shift back and forth.
For now, we have been making it work.
As soon as my salesperson returns from vacation, hopefully they can get the correct part and my comfy sheepskin cover will be in!

Next time for my chair Update...I want to have some Back Talk!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

HeArtfully Creating: STRIKES?? No YouTube Videos For Now....

Hi guys. After three upload attempts  to YouTube, I keep receiving "Community Guidelines" Strikes. Nothing like that has ever happened before so I am trying to be patient while I wait for the results of my appeal. In no way did anything in my faux stained glass tutorial violate YT's guidelines. Based on what I have learned, I re-watched the video and though maybe the computer algorithm thingy mis-heard a word on my video. Some words apparently cause red flags when YouTubers post videos with those words. I don't  understand how they can twist and flag videos like mine, a clearly "safe," one - disrupting all productivity, based on non-human judgments. Oh well, nothing I can do now but wait for them to deal with my appeals.
I will still be posting articles, but for now, they just won't come with the videos that I love making.

Click this link below to see more about this topic.

HeArtfully Creating: STRIKES?? No YouTube Videos For Now....: Hi guys. After three upload attempts  to YouTube, I keep receiving "Community Guidelines" Strikes. Nothing like that has ever ha...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Unexpected Journey: Back In The Saddle Again!

Yay, just a couple of days since my Braking Question, I  am back in the saddle again! If you are interested in knowing a wee bit about my buying a new wheelchair process, wath the brand NEW Video I made just after our vendor and technician set everything into motion. Three backs and headrests later, we have selected what most likely, will work best for me, 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

MY New Chair- An Unexpected Journey And A Braking Question

First things first-A BRAKING question
Because I was told That no one else has ever complained about this topic, I just want to start out by asking Any fellow Invacare Storm series Power chair users in Internet land... To answer,, your chair needs to be a new model with 4 POLE Motors.
(My old reliable, 12 year old  Invacare ARROW has gearless Brushless motors which are perfect for down hill for stopping.)

Comment or email walkingwayoverrated@gmail.com

The Question Is?:
When you go down a hill And try To stop Or release your joystick gently to change course heading down any hill, does your chair suddenly stop with a jerking feeling? I don't mean regular stopping. (you want that in a braking system.)  I mean a braking system that is so sensitive, It feels like your brakes are prematurely grabbing our wheels, therefore causing your head and body to jerk suddenly - Actually feeling Quite scary and dangerous. When compared to my older Invacare Arrow, no sudden anything- all smooth.
I'm on my second chair in less than a few months And have had that problem with both of them. No one has offered any solutions and I was even told that no one else has ever complained about this problem.
Since the problem is still there, In the Arrow and now apparently the Torque model (I just found out the model changed)- I thought it would be best to do my own research And put the question out there. I am too nervous to trek outside with it.

I would love to hear from you And your experience. Using The chair from a company that I have loved and supported for decades, I am hoping to find out what is wrong and why the new ones are this way. Something is definitely a askew With this braking system going downhill. Yes my technician tried variations on the adjustment options, but it  is doing the same on the replacement chair as the first. I so want it to all be okay. I can't be the only person.

Please watch the video below, There are some More details About the topic and my journey setting up a new power chair. That may help.

Now On with the show this is it.... 
Here Is The Video
Yes it is been a while since I've shared anything about my new power wheelchair process/journey. Click Here for  the first post about my new chair.
If you follow this blog at all, You will remember All that we had to share regarding Craigs power Assist Xtender Wheels. Feeling that it was best to fulfill our blog mandate by sharing our daily experiences in hope to help anyone in our situation and to document important events.

I've been holding off Sharing where things have really been at. Considering the first day I received the chair was In April 2017, And here I am, It is September 27, 2017 - Sitting in Old Faithful, My 12-year-old Invacare Arrow power chair, with only about one and a half months actually spent in my new chair/s. I figured I had better share where things are at so far. Who knows, maybe I am not  alone or someone wants to know what can happen in this process. Some parts take time as we switch things out, to find out what works best.

This situation has that, but a lot more  exceptional things have occurred, making my process unlike any power chair purchase in my life so far. Worth sharing :o)

The Process Alone
First of all I just want to make sure that anyone seeking specialized power seating like I have, knows it can take a lot of time, quite a process making sure we have all the proper seating, Joysticks, Headrest, Cushions And even The wheelchair itself. I did share that back in May (Click here to see). So I understand that I need to be patient, It is worth it after all. I've been sitting in this chair for 12 years, So for sure I want the next one to be Even more comfortable, If possible.

Please know that these chairs come with multiple components  and therefore multiple companies, make up a whole chair (at least 3-4 that I know of) Invacare is only responsible for the base part of the chair and the controls/joystick. The power tilt part is from Motion Concepts/Invacare- two in one company. And the back is from Future Mobility, and the Headrest I hope to get soon that will work  better comes Sunrise Medical and is a Wedermyer brand.

An unexpected event
Let's see, I have had the new wheelchair in my possession since April 2017 And have actually only been able to use it for a total of about One and a half months,
In Old Faithful years ago
Since then. Unfortunately since day one, The first chair an Invacare Storm series, Arrow, with power tilt seating, was having some difficulties. It had to have its joystick replaced once. The problem continued and my salesperson was concerned. Not to mention, I went on my first down hill walk, only to discover the chair's braking system felt (in my opinion) dangerous. Every time I would let go of my joystick to adjust my chair, the brakes would grab instantly. Yes, they worked....too fast.  It caused my head And such to seriously jerk about.

The Chair I've used for 12 years, (Click this video to see) Can turn on a dime even on a hill. That Chair has something called Gearless brushless motors. Never had a problem with them in 12 years. It was quite a shock to experience such Jarring motions as I try to navigate down a hill. Another reason why the chair needed to be returned.  Very Scary for me!

On A Journey?
"Can't wait to get into my wheelchair today"
The new chair left our home June 19, 2017. I do not know the date it was actually picked up, I am only going by Our dates and times. I am so thankful to the Lord that I have a reliable backup power wheelchair. (it did blow it's first fuse last week, but was quickly repaired- yay.) Again, calling it Old Faithful. In wheelchair years that is, apparently an antique At 12 years old. Anxiously wondering if there was actually something wrong with the original new chair, we waited and we waited...and we waited. I will refrain from every single detail Between when it left and when it returned. But, to date, no answers on if it was faulty or not. Since the new one brakes the same down hill, I guess not. Thankfully the joystick issue is a hundred percent better!

Bottom line, they were going to replace The motor base And I believe the joystick Part. Somewhere in there, it turned out the whole wheelchair went missing. Stories conflicted about whether it happened on the way there or on the way back. I really do struggle when stories get mixed up. It is more about trust for me.
End result, A new chair returned to our home on August 17, 2017.  It was supposed to be the exact same specs as the chair that left here, but a new one. Well, It wasn't the exact same one. There are quite a few things that we're not okay, meaning not the correct parts and such.
As I was putting together the video that goes with this blog today, I saw the photos and discovered the first chair was the Storm Series Arrow model. But the newest is Storm series Torque SP Model. I have no idea why The models were changed
And no one told me. Silly me, I just trusted everything was replaced as It had left. I'll have to do some research to find out. Invacare does have a variety of models that have various different features, For various different purposes.  I  have been trying to reach  my salesperson to ask them about that. They may not even know what happened. Stay tuned folks. 
Note About Specialty Seating Chairs 
 Please note, that specialty power chairs,  involve multiple companies. It is important to point out that they are comprised of Multiple components. Multiple components come from multiple companies. So in no way am I blaming any specific company.

Power Tilt Has Many Perks
On August 30, 2017, my chair with the correct components was returned. The only thing that was accidentally incorrect, was the new back to the chair that needed to be shorter. Turned out a couple days later, someone came to alter that back for me  and some of the hardware stripped, unable to be adjusted properly. We found out that the company offers heavy duty hardware. I was shocked. Why wouldn't they   always provide the best hardware for all their components. Needless to say they ordered the heavy-duty hardware. Still waiting.

That is why I am in Old Faithful For now. Today is September 27 2017, And I anxiously await the new back, in a new style, at the right height. And the new,
Old Faithful....
Wider, Softer head rest pad, with new brackets. I was at the point of trying my second headrest, and it was still too hard for my big lumpy head. Not to mention, a teenie silly screw - Part of the headrest bracket, also got stripped, unable to tighten (after only 3 days!!)  Comes from the same company as the back. If you order from them ask about the hardware. Hopefully they will use the strongest  in all parts.
Needless to say, I am getting the next headrest from the company that the salesperson recommended.

I think this is called ironic. Remember old faithful? The chair I sit in right now Has a 12-year-old headrest From the very same company That made the back and headrest I was just talking about. I never had a problem with any of it. Just a curiosity...Have they been using Hardware that isn't as strong as they once did? All of us consumers know that many things these days, Seems to be made with inferior Materials, Which means we need to replace them more often. Not saying this company is doing that at all. But in light of how good My 12-year-old headrest is from the same company, Just makes you think.

A Blessing in disguise
I do look at all of the things we have discovered wrong, as a blessing. Even though it means I'm still not sitting in my new chair. If we did not discover the problems, I could've very well have been stuck with that chair and it would no longer be under warranty. Actually from what my salesperson told to me, because we're still setting up different things like which back or headrest to use, the warranty won't even begin until everything is all in place. That was what I was told anyway. I trust it is true. Of course, it is always wise consumerism to get everything In written form, To avoid any mistakes or misunderstandings.

Advice to anyone seeking a new Tilting Power chair
I can only speak as a consumer in Ontario Canada. My advice to anyone Seeking a new Wheelchair  Is, do your research. Don't just rely on the dealer or vendor To
Before My Power Chair
pick out the chair and all the components. Especially if you've been using one for over 30 years like me. If you are a brand-new user, Then still do your research,  but find a vendor your trust.

In Ontario We don't actually have a choice of vendors, Because Specialized Power seating/Power chairs Like mine, Are provided Through our government by a contract they make with one vendor in the province. Which means there is something called the central equipment pool. So if you're on ADP, The assistive devices program,  like I am, Sorry, You can't choose the vendor. Thankfully we have someone that we have trusted for over 20 years as our's- Even though the original company changed hands, many of the salespeople remained.
If you don't have to stick to those rules, Then ask around, Find a vendor you can trust in your city or town.

Finding What Is Best for you
Regarding the research stuff, I am specifically talking about the components and type of wheelchair. I feel rather foolish that I didn't do that because I didn't think
So far my best headrest
there were any other options. Based on past experiences, The parts and that, would be selected And I just assumed I had to accept it the way it was. Turns out it isn't true. The government And the vendor, as well as the physical therapist and occupational therapist that do the seating assessments -  all want to make sure that you get the Best seating suited for your situation. You probably already know that bad seating in a wheelchair can cause secondary disabilities like severe scoliosis. I say that as someone who has had severe scoliosis Since I was 13. Search is the experts and recommendations,  If you're new to the game.

There are lots of options Available. The salesperson just Does  the best They can And they tend to work with what's familiar to them. It is one of the reasons why it is now taking a bit longer To get my chair process Completed. Turns out I'm able to get a Larger head rest pad And different brackets. Well it turns out I can also try other backs for my wheelchair Until I find the right one. Of course I hope the next one We try, will be it. A part of me feels bad because My salesperson selected what they felt was best, But now that I discovered their options I couldn't choose from- I am waiting a bit longerTo get those new parts To try Out. My goal is that they will beekeepers In this process can soon come to an end. I am sure my salesperson Desire is the same thing I do.

Follow up clinic
In November, A follow-up Seating clinic has already been arranged. The original occupational therapist called me about a month ago to ask how everything was going to regarding my new chair. It was very encouraging To hear That I don't just have to settle for whatever is given to me. They keep working at It, No matter what it takes. Of course, I am not in denial, And realize nothing can be absolutely perfect. So I am okay with compromise, If it works well enough. Like There is My advice, Don't feel bad contacting your salesperson. Remember, The wheelchair is not free, and as nice as a maybe, they are doing their job. Setting you up with the wheelchair that works for you. They won't know what is wrong if you do not tell them. Give them a chance to correct what is right. Please don't be like my husband And settle for things That came on his chair- Yes don't work for him. And now it's too late to change them out without paying for it. :o)
Thanks for stopping by!
I said, I just feel bad Bothering my salesperson all the time.