Thursday, October 24, 2013

Curing immobility with all the bells and whistles.

In this post: Immobility, innoculations.  

Today was a day that will live in infamy but has nothing whatosever to do Franklin Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor, the Japanese air force or bombs. This was the first day I’ve been out of the house since I drove Sam to the airport back on October 5. And this is also a classic example of what happens to a person when they have crappy mobility: YOU NEVER GO ANYWHERE. Thank God I love Howdygram headquarters or I’d probably blow my brains out.

And so ... a couple of days ago Sam asked why don’t I do some research on power scooters so I can do things now and then — like go shopping or chase squirrels in the park — and actually enjoy my retirement. Know what? I found four fantastic scooter models online that are beyond perfect, with all the very best bells and whistles such as big fluffy seats, head rests so you don’t get whiplash in heavy traffic, horns that beep, headlights, swivel seats, optional cup-holders and more. Some have a driving distance of up to 30 miles on one battery charge, others have a top speed of 9 m.p.h. so you can have a drag race at the nursing home. Here are my favorite scooters so far:
As of this writing I’m partial to the Prowler 3-Wheel and Victory 10 because they have the best reviews, lots of knee room — I need lots of knee room! — and good ground clearance in case there’s a crack in the sidewalk or I decide to go mountain climbing. Even better, it looks like Blue Cross will cover 80% of the cost (minus a $350 deductible) as long as my doctor writes a prescription for the scooter and I use an in-network medical equipment provider. This is actually EXTREMELY DAMN COOL — and I hope it works out — because I’ve got enough mobility issues to choke a herd of horses. I’ll see Dr. M next month for a routine appointment and ask her to get the ball rolling. In the meantime Blue Cross is sending me a copy of their “Official Shleppy Old Lady Scooter Policy Requirements” and a list of local providers that sell what I’m looking for even though I’ll probably order online. Holy crap, people ... and yee-haw!

Just in case you’re wondering where Sam and I went for our outing this morning ... we drove over to CVS for free flu shots. (I wouldn’t joke about this.) The map below indicates: A) Howdygram headquarters in beautiful Mesquite, Texas; B) CVS pharmacy at Northwest Drive and Oates; and C) China City, my favorite local dive for excellent hot & sour soup. (And they even deliver.)
Thank you for reading this.

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