Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Equipment Overload

"12th December 2011 - a diary day reflection

Another visit from OT and PT.  The Man from Leckey this time, too.  More equipment; their numbers are growing.  My house is closing in on me.  There is no where to hide from SMA, from E's equipment, from her disability.  Her army of equipment is growing in number: metal work and wheels; belts and buckles; wheelchairs, standers and seats.  I know that they are all to enable E, supporting and moving her, and, ultimately allowing her independence, but I feel threatened by the mounting response.  It feels like such an imposition: our family home, full of equipment, and they're closing ranks on me."

And today, as I type this out, daft I know, but my love/hate relationship with E's equipment reminds me of the opening sequence of the The Terminator:

"The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight..."

And in true Terminator Style, "I'll be back"



Looking for Blue Sky said...

I know what it feels like to be tripping over equipment too - but believe me, it's a lot nicer looking than it used to be. My advice? Get a garden shed and keep some of it in there xxx

Tricky Customer said...

So far we aren't doing too badly for equipment (although we have boxes & bozes of syringes, pump feed bottles & tubes that I must organise better), but I'm sure that will change over time. I just can't think where we will put it all in our little house - will need an extension just to house it all. That and all the boys medicines! x

Di said...

Oh crumbs, the joys of having kids with special needs! The garden shed is a good idea ~ not for the equipment though, more of a place that you can hide in!!! ;)

What is going on with the comments? How will I know if you reply to my comment? There is no *subscribe* to comments! :(

h0peful mummy said...

a shed is a great idea - my husband has already been searching for the perfect sanctuary! the equipment will be a little easier to cope with once e gets her own room. and as for extending? we have planning permission to extend by one room, adapt the bathroom and make the house more accessible...i think that we break ground 3rd week of april. the shed will have to wait - as much as i would love it, at the moment, the extension has to be our priority

LittleMamma said...

That's our house! I genuinely have more medical equipment than furniture. Am in the process of trying to move house so that I have space to put all the equipment. And there's MORE coming. And in the future (please God) there'll be hoists and a special bed (that's a please God there'll be a future not that there'll be hoists but with nothing short of a miracle, if there is a future at all then it will involve hoists, if you know what I mean, sorry, rambling). All important bits of equipment but I am flipping sick of looking at them! And imagine trying to sell a house when you have bottles of oxygen, SATs monitors, crazy wheeled chairs and standers poking out of every nook and cranny! Ha ha - if I didn't laugh, I'd cry!

h0peful mummy said...

@littlemamma, you didn't ramble - i think that same way - a hoist - if she gets to the age when she needs one. i don't know what we would do if we needed to sell the house - we're about to extend so perhaps the equipment will be hidden under a pile of rubble and dust temporarily so that we can forget about it... good luck with the selling - fingers crossed they'll be able to see past the equipment