What difference a day makes

Today we got wedged in the a ladies lavatory in Exeter. Someone mentioned Xmas in front of my wife who insisted we went Xmas Card shopping immediately because unless we send them now they won't get there in time despite my protestations the even the royal mail is not that slow . Our shopping was interrupted by a call of nature and we ended up in the ladies in what was laughably called the disabled cubicle .In transition from chair to throne with my wife in a tango like embrace we got wedged half way round -with a move that would have impressed the Strictly Come Dancing judges we made home base . Getting out required the combined skills of a mountaineer and contortionist . As I reversed out I bumped into two startled ladies and tried to pretend this was a normal place for me to be on a Saturday morning - not convincing .Whoever designed that loo had obviously never tried using one with a wheel chair and two people in the same space .Is there such a thing as Rough Guide to disabled loos ? If there is, please let me know as it would be invaluable .

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  • It's good to laugh before going to bed. Sorry, but this sounds so familiar. I usually end up with hot air down my back as I struggle to sort my husband out, setting off the hand dryer. My husband has an electric wheelchair now and that is even worse than our push one, bulkier and in the hands of a learner driver. The bins make a very loud clanging noise as I manoeuvre the chair and invariably take the bin with us. Why are the doors heavy fire doors. When the door opens out wards and you are behind the chair, how do you keep it open long enough to get the front wheels through?

    Apparently Hastings has a brilliant toilet for the disabled. It is very large and has an adult size pull down changing bed. You have to seek out an attendant in the normal loos as the keys don't work. The OT told me about it and then I saw it on the TV. May take a trip just to try it out as w e are only 26 miles away.

    Night night.

    Nanna B

  • Hastings here we come if we can hold on that long !

  • Ha, ha!

  • hi howsit going now ok I hope well there used to be a song around in my day

    I have changed the words slightly ========= oh dear what can the matter be\

    a man and hes wife got locked in the lavatory they were there from Monday till saturday nobody knew they were there sorry about that its just my sense of humour I could visulise you two stuck in the toilet not a good situation I know

    but funny peter jones queensland Australia psp sufferer \\\\good luck go with you

  • Oh mr. Jones, you made me laugh out loud! I'll never hear that song any other way now. Too funny! Thanks!

  • As you say whaa difference a day makes!

  • Disabled toilets are not that common here. The state hospital where our neurologist is based has one that contains a tiny loo (like those in the Infants School), an equally low hand basin and one grab bar that doesn't seem to be located for use with either of them. Most restaurants and bars have toilets that are accessed via stairs. Chris is still walking with a stick (just) so we manage. But what is wonderful here is the willingness of all and sundry to help.

    Perhaps there is a website for disabled loos in UK, I shall look. The Hastings one mentioned above sounds amazing.

  • but a long way from Australia mate I do not think i can hang on that long

    peter jones queensland Australia aliias puyella

  • so pleased Georgepa you are on this site.First Email I have read this morning and it made me smile.My husband freezes in doorways so visiting hospital he went to the loo but on the way back out he was locked at the first doorway.A queue formed behind him so in the end I ventured forward to encourage him out,I am getting brazen!

  • Definitely getting brazen ! And so you should be . I think it helps sometimes to see the funny side of things otherwise life would be very dreary don't you?

  • Oh yes I can relate to your games. Why do they make them so inconvenience sorry for pun. I am only 5ft so I should have more room for manoeuvre but I always seem to get wedged somewhere in my efforts to assist. Last time I left the clean pad in the rucksack on the back of the wheelchair so had to kneel on chair get arm over the back head leaning on the door to grope blindly for the pad. Got it then had to get off chair ended up me on his lap much fun and amusement all round. Bet the people outside wonderd what was going on with all the s**t and b*gg**s that were being said. Its about time these people realise that most times it takes two to tango in the disabled toilets.

    love and laughter to all Janex

  • Who thought you could have so much fun in a toilet- a whole new dimension to life is opening up - perhaps we could all share our experiences and publish a book . Now here's a challenge - what would the title be - all puns accepted .George

  • I AGREE

    ORDINARY TOILETS R USEEOSS BUT THE DISABLED ONES ARE MUCH BETTER =- I HAVE A RADAR KEY TO GET ME INTO ANY DISABLED TOILET (IN THE UK`)

    YOU MAD E ME SMILE TOO FIRST THING ONA SUNDAY AM AFTER I HAVE HAD 6 FALLS IN T HE KITCHEN AND BROUGHT 2 OFTHE CHAIRS DOWN IWTH ME TOO (FRIGHTENING THE CAT OFF HIS BREAKFAST)

    AMD NOW I HAVEJ

    JUST HAD A CHOKIGN FIT AS WELL

    HEY HO SUCH IS LIFE

    LOL JILL

    ;-)

  • So sorry to hear about your falls and choking fit but glad I made you smile- thats my bonus for the day thanks George

  • hi peter jones

    good to see ur funny version of 'oh dear what can the matter be?' "i remember it well!"

    lol

    Jill

    ;-)

  • Four times a year, we travel 1500 miles to and from our witer home. It's a long trip, mountains, two lane highways, etc. but my biggest worry is bathrooms! Like to find family bathrooms, that's what they call them here in the states. We stop at a Walmart whenever we see one, often standing in line with employees. Hospitals sometimes have one. And a new Hardies Oasis in Kansas actually has two. They are private roomy, and handicapped accessible. Every new building ought to have one! Love your stories!

  • Thanks for making my day with a good laugh!! Jimbo

  • THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOU VERY AMUSING DESCRIPTION OF YOUR DANCING IN THE LOO.. ANYTHING LIKE THAT JUST MAKES ME SMILE, A LOT - HOPE YOUR WIFE DID FIND IT FUNNY TOO !!

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