Always travel with elephant feet!!
The thing I have to realize is that I'm not the only disabled person in the world. Now, actually I know that. But sometimes I forget. This is particularly true when I go into an accessible room that isn't accessible to me. This just happened. Only moments ago. I'm writing it now because we've got a few things we need to do this evening and I want to have a blog for you tomorrow. See ... dedication or what!?!
Now, we came into the room, saw the bed, and panicked. It was really, really, low. Maybe fourteen inches at most from floor to top of bed. I haven't been able to get off something that low for years, years before even disability. Joe has trouble with them too. Apparently though, I've been told, there are people with disabilities who need extraordinarily low beds. So, this room would be great for them. I have to remember that while I need a tall bed, others may need a low bed. Yikes. I almost never remember to ask about bed height in my requests for an accessible room. Most rooms meet my needs that way, so I worry about toilets and showers and the like. This room is a bit odd because it has a tall toilet and a low bed.
So we called around in a panic, upsetting most everyone, trying to think about what to do. Then, in a blinding flash we remembered. Joe had packed the elephant feet. Those wonderful furniture risers that make chairs a possibility for sitting in. A few seconds of struggle later and Joe had them firmly under the bed and voila - we have an accessible bed for me.
We were given these as a gift from the folks down in Butler, PA (a shout out to Mary and Natalie) and here they are being used to make it possible for me to have a good nights sleep.
Get elephant feet.
They are light, stack together, and man, oh man, do they come in handy.
(note: no elephants were harmed during the writing of this blog)
(note: this was not a paid announcement)
(note: product placement in blog by happenstance)
(note: to the makers of elephant feet, if you need a spokesmodel, I can be bought)