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To hire and electric scooter for the day?

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Pandora2016 Sat 20-Aug-16 11:58:46

I'm heavily pregnant with SPD. It's not too bad as I can walk with a stick but slowly and painfully.

Planning a day out with family and the venue has these to hire. Thing is, I wouldn't be in it all the time and would use it mainly for getting from one area to another. Probably getting out to look at things etc. Leaving it outside parts that had a few steps etc.

Would this be regarded as taking the piss as I can just about manage - it just hurts?

MrBoot Sat 20-Aug-16 12:01:39

Will they allow you to hire one if you are heavily pregnant?

If there aren't any safety issues and they allow it, you may as well try it if walking is so uncomfortable.

If it was me though, I'd use the opportunity stay at home and relax on my own child free.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Sat 20-Aug-16 12:04:49

Oh gosh yes do it! I had crippling SPD twice and would definitely do this if it meant I could enjoy a day or with my family.

It's a mobility scooter, and your mobility haa been affected. Would you question it if you had both legs in plaster for eg?

Have a great day and don't let anyone make you feel bad.

BastardDailyMail Sat 20-Aug-16 12:28:57

Yes, do it. I had SPD so sympathise. I thought the whole point of those was for people like you who don't necessarily need one all the time (otherwise you'd have your own).

MrsMozart Sat 20-Aug-16 13:04:20

Why would you not?

You can't (currently) walk properly so need help.

Go and have fun lass.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 20-Aug-16 13:21:40

Absolutely do it, just because you need to use it doesn't mean you have to stay in it.

FeelingSmurfy Sat 20-Aug-16 13:48:25

Depending on where/what you are doing, it might be better with a wheelchair

I hire a mobility scooter on holiday where it's quiet, but at somewhere that's busy they are a nightmare because there is a small stopping distance so if someone walks in front and you stop you would probably still go in to them

But Yea, no problem hiring for that reason, and lots of people use it for the main walking but get off to get closer to something you want to look at

lalalalyra Sat 20-Aug-16 13:55:10

Definately hire one. Much safer imo than borrowing a wheelchair and having someone push you (I say that as my relative with cancer has now got a mobility scooter because the quality of her pushers - her husband, sister and me - was really dire!). Be aware they can stop quick though. First time relative used her new one she stopped expecting a glide to a stop and almost threw herself out because it just stopped dead instantly! The one she'd borrowed before that didn't stop to abruptly.

If it's really busy it might be a nightmare, but still easier than a wheelchair.

VoldysGoneMouldy Sat 20-Aug-16 14:02:55

Of course not. Your mobility has been impacted. Though maybe hiring a wheelchair from the Red Cross or similar might be a better option? You can hire them for weeks at a time for a small deposit / donation. Then you've got one for whenever you need it during that time.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 20-Aug-16 14:32:50

I've got MS and had one went I went on holiday. I thought it would be a laugh but I hated it and they are absolutely lethal! A car is much easier to drive than one of them. Never ever again!!

BeyondLovesSweetDee Sat 20-Aug-16 14:36:20

Yanbu, people struggling with mobility (which you are) is what they are for!

Second the suggestion to have a look at hiring a wheelchair from the Red Cross though if it could work out better for you.

Pandora2016 Sat 20-Aug-16 15:31:29

I hate the idea of being pushed and there is no way I could propel myself at the moment.

Going for the scooter.

Sod what other people may think.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 20-Aug-16 17:24:23

Good for you. Don't put it in forwards instead of reverse when trying to park it! Cost me £300!

BeyondLovesSweetDee Sat 20-Aug-16 17:41:00

And always turn it off when you are stopped, to prevent enquiring little hands from squeezing the throttle and running over DS1 a child! grin

NeedACleverNN Sat 20-Aug-16 17:43:34

Go for it!!

I ended up resorting to buying a wheelchair and having my dh push me around. Luckily it was my first child, so no worries about pushing a buggy at the same time.

FeelingSmurfy Sat 20-Aug-16 18:17:14

I hate having to be pushed and having no independence, but I try to think of the alternative which is not attending these events

If it is an event then look online, a lot of them higher them out for an event. If you used them you could ask to try it first and swap for wheelchair if it's better

Anything more open I would definitely say get a scooter, gives you a sense of freedom. They cab be a bit expensive to hire (deposit plus payment) but so worth it if you can afford it !

BeyondLovesSweetDee Sat 20-Aug-16 18:27:58

I've not tried it myself, but it is possible to hire a powerchair online if you'd prefer a wheelchair but want to keep some independence

throwingpebbles Sat 20-Aug-16 18:40:08

Do it! It will be good for you to get out and about for a day smile

MrsMook Sat 20-Aug-16 18:47:38

A trolley man at ASDA offered me one as I staggered through the car park on my crutches. I was getting quite close to due date at that point so thanked him for the offer and declined politely as I was getting to the point of hoping I might exert baby into action. Had it have been a week or two earlier, I'd have happily accepted! Overexerting does make the pain much worse afterwards, so it is best to avoid it however you can.

Second time, I managed to avoid being pretty much housebound like I was first time by putting out an appeal for a pair of crutches. The even movement is better than a single stick. They eased the pain and restriction by about 2 weeks worth. Also a grabbing stick from Poundland, and long handled dust pan and brush were good, as was sitting at the kitchen table to prepare food.

Cheby Sat 20-Aug-16 21:12:47

Going out for the day tomorrow. DMum is hiring one for the venue because she has a bad knee. She'll be hopping on and off throughout the day to look at stuff. She can walk with her stick but not the long distances between attractions. Perfectly legitimate reason to hire one. Go for it!

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