Monday, 7 April 2014

Looking forward!

The stair lift was one of several things put in place for David's home coming. He never saw it. People keep asking me if I'm keeping it. The inference here is that it's not for me and that I'll never use it but I do.

It's extremely takes the laundry up and down the stairs.

Our sitting room is upstairs and I set up a camp kitchen in the spare room whilst David was so ill. Having a kettle upstairs has proved very that stays too. Anything heavy I might have struggled with I now send up or down on the seat. ....the new bottles go up to come back down later when they are empty! I try not to be too embarrassed!

Eventually I will of course ride it . I do actually sit on it sometimes ...but it takes a bit of getting used to. It's very slow and the precarious bend doesn't feel quite convincing as you approach it ....but I'm sure it will in time. I know my golden retriever would have been too big for it but the cat would have loved it....and fought off any rivals into the bargain....

It is staying. It's not the prettiest thing in the house but it's day will come....hopefully not too soon....

In the meanwhile I will use it for my suitcase next time I get up sufficient nerve to go away...and anything else that needs to be transported from floor to floor.

I'm not too proud to say I don't need it...I will one day so it's another prop for the future! Every little helps as my grandma would have said!



  1. Wonder where Asda a got their catch phrase every little helps !

    1. Clearly my grandma got about a bit!

  2. I think you're very wise to keep it Jean.
    The bedridden bit of John's illness was mercifully very brief so we didn't need one, but we did have a 2nd stair rail fitted to give him some support while he could still do stairs.
    I debated having it removed after he died but have found that when my arthritis in my left knee is really bad, instead of going up and down stairs in all fours I can now remain upright.
    It takes time to learn not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, but it is worth reconsidering every action in case you may derive benefit from leaving things as they are.
    I think I told you that my late aunt's stair lift was removed wholesale after her death and we gave it to a local nursing home. It was only six months old and had cost a king's ransom so we wanted it to find a good home.
    My handrail is not pretty and doesn't match the one the other side but beauty is secondary to usefulness.

  3. Jean, I'm envious of your stair life :( Sin of envy anyone? I think that you're very wise to retain it, you are already finding uses for it and no doubt they'll increase over time. We're looking how to future proof our place and have some idea's one room at a time over 2 years, than sell and move hopefully to something smaller without stairs (ours are ever so steep). We still have good mobility, but my state pension kicks in this October - a precursor of things to come. In the meantime, I've been accepted for training as LLM starting in September, so I hope to keep my mobility for a while longer - as ministry in the parish beckons.

    Prayers and hugs and love from North Kent as usual.

    1. Oh well done, that is good news! You'll enjoy the training period I am's good to know that your calling is being recognised!