So I was out running errands* and stuff from 9AM til 2PM today, chance that I would have managed that on crutches, pretty much zero.
One of the errands was a doctor's appointment and it was the first time my GP's seen me in the chair, in fact first time she's been aware I have it. I was expecting a reaction, I wasn't expecting it to be delight! (And this was old set-in-her-ways GP, not young go-getting GP). And she was adamant that I need to contact Wheelchair Services and talk to them about actually assessing me/getting a chair that meets my actual needs. Even more surprising, an utterly non-judgemental 'are you still walking?"
And just to throw the Wheelchair Services thing into stark relief, half an hour after that, I wheeled up a kerb-cut, the chair flexed because I didn't hit it straight on and it isn't rigid enough, and I managed to sublux a hip while theoretically sitting still. Fortunately it was 10 seconds of 'shit! fuck!' before it re-located itself. but now I'm home and I've been out for the daily waddle, I realise that my SI joint isn't right either. I'm not certain if that's from the same incident or not, but it's going into an email to Wheelchair Services as if it was.
* Doctors, blood test, chemists, buy birthday cards, break for coffee/breakfast, shopping, PC World, garden centre, and rest....