Well lovely people, Yesterday hubby and i went to the National Arboritum in Stafford. The place is lovely, BUT if your disabled and in a electric scooter don't bother. When we got there we were told in no uncertain terms that my scooter was not allowed in the visitors centre, where by the way are the toilets, restaurant and shops are. This is because there have been accidents involving scooters. This despite the fact that they hire scooters for people with limited mobility. They told me that i could go in a wheelchair and then i could go into the visiters centre.To say i was upset was putting it mildly. Just because some kids had run into one that was one of the reasons that i was given. Then another was that people in them didn't know how to use the ones on hire.was another. I told them that was not acceptable, i can turn the speed down on mine and i always say excuse me and never use the the horn on mine. I asked did they think that i'm stupid or something. The staff that were there was very nice to me and they underdrstood what i was saying. They even offered to push me themselves which was nice of them. I told them at a place like the eden project i could expect to find parts that i couldn't access, not at a memorial to dead servicemen, a lot of people are elderly and cannot get about any other way. I felt humiliated, i told them that i was having enough trouble coming to terms with my limited mobility without being discriminated against because of it. I've had RA for 8yrs now,but it is only in the last year that i've really had any problems that have made my condition worse. I'm afraid it took the shine of a lovely day. Also you can't access all the areas as its all grass. You can get there,but it is a very rough ride, as i did it. No doubt i'll pay for all the jolting about today.
It is certainly worth a visit and it is very peaceful. We felt we didn't want to eat there though as we couldn't go into the restaurant. I did struggle to go to the loo as i was desperate, but it was hard work i can tell you. The heat made it harder for me and my joints were worse for it.
I'm sorry for ranting on like that but it upset me i'm afraid.
I hope you are feeling brighter today and have slept well and are relativily pain free.