Eric is a carer living in West Sussex. He’s asked that we don’t publish any further details. Here is his story.
My wife has PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). In the early stages she was able to be mobile using a three-wheeled walker. We used to enjoy going to the beautiful gardens at Wakehurst Place.
On the last occasion we went there, the two of us sat overlooking the ravine and fed the birds. It was a beautiful and peaceful day. A day I will always remember.
With the ground giving way under my feet I could not lift it all the way back to the path.
When returning from feeding the birds we encountered a large tree root that crossed the footpath. I carried the three-wheeler over the root and returned to help my wife. When I turned back I saw the three-wheeler run down the sloping path and into the ravine. I had forgotten to apply the brakes. It stopped half way down the ravine. I only had one option and that was to climb down and try to lift it back onto the path. With the ground giving way under my feet I could not lift it all the way back to the path. My wife got down on her hands and knees, leaned over the ravine edge and held the three-wheeler until I climbed back and then I lifted the three-wheeler back onto the path. Applying the brakes was my first important lesson as a carer.
Soon after this event my wife had to start using a wheelchair. On a beautiful day we decided to go to Wych Cross Nurseries. On this occasion while helping my wife into the car the wheelchair ran down a slope and into a car just entering the car park. Amazingly the driver apologised! Applying the brakes was my second important lesson as a carer.
I spotted it rolling down the gentle slope and was about halfway across the car park.
Soon after this event I was helping my wife back into the car after the weekly food shopping. I turned round and the food trolley had disappeared. I spotted it rolling down the gentle slope and was about halfway across the car park. Luckily the car park was almost empty so no collisions occurred. Applying the brakes was my third important lesson a carer.
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