#Disability Discrimination means Son is removed from Home?

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This is reblogged from another awesome site that you should check out. It is a constant fear of mine that N will be taken away because of my disability. I constantly have people say that I am selfish to have him because I can’t possibly be as good of a mom as an AB person. Asking me how I do certain things from a wheelchair is one thing, but assuming that everyone hates the cripples, even their own kids, is just plain wrong. Why is it still happening? This isn’t the stone age when I would have to wrestle a bear to feed my kid. Love goes a long way in parenting. You will find a way to take care of those you love.

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Martha Stewart meets Ironside

Like many people who have a chronic illness,  I am always cold.  Trying to stay warm in a wheelchair can be challenging.   Coats can be bulky and hard to remove while seated.  Blankets can get tangled in the wheels.  I really envy those babies who are warm and cozy in their little car seat covers.  I have yet to find one that is big enough to go over me and the wheelchair,  but I do have some crafty solutions.

  • Modify your clothes so they are easier to use.

    There are a few companies that make “wheelchair garments” but since they are speciality items, they can get rather pricey.  I cheaped out and just cut my jacket down the back, then I added a couple of buttons at the top.  Now it is much easier for my hubby to slip it off with me having to transfer.

  • Mermaids are warm and gorgeous

    I’m sure you have seen all of the cute little mermaid tails that are so popular right now.  Since they are more like a sack or cocoon, you don’t have to worry about it dragging the ground, falling off or getting tangled up in the wheels.  There are plenty of patterns for making your own, but I just decided to wing it.  I think it turned out well and it is really warm.

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If you can’t crochet or sew, you could also make one using fleece and liquid stitch.

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I also made one that looks like a slice of pizza, because I am completely ridiculous.   I also think it is a good conversation piece particularly around kids who may be frightened by a wheelchair.

  • Always be yourself…unless you can be a Disney princess.

    I came across this pattern on ravelry and I knew I had to have one.

     http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/princess-dress-blanket-blue

     

    I modified it so it is the perfect length and added a belt to keep it on my waistline.   I also made a Cinderella wig to completely the look, because there is a fine line between eccentric and crazy which I like to play jump rope with.

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I hope these ideas can help you stay warm and comfortable.   For My able bodied friends — these would make great gifts for a loved one who is ill.

Food is Fuel

Most of us have a love—hate relationship with food.  When you have mobility problems, your metabolism is much lower,  but it’s even more important to maintain your weight because that extra 20lbs is a huge deal when trying to transfer.   However food can be healing.   Something as simple as a vitamin d deficiency can make you feel awful.   That’s why I have decided to do a series on healthy cooking and easy recipes since we are often limited on what we can do for meal prep.