Saturday, 24 January 2015

Cambridge united v Manchester United fc .. Part one!

On Friday I made the long trip down to Cambridge for the fa cup game. After a terrible start with trains delays and cancelled I managed to get a train 1 hour later than expected. The staff at new street as usual brilliant. It was a long trip taking nearly three hours. I started talking to a family on the way down who were really nice yet I think exhausted! I eventually arrived at Cambridge train station at 6.15 an hour and 10 mins late!! My first impression of Cambridge was excellent the ramps were ready, a lady helped me off and to my friend andy who was waiting. They even had amble disabled parking outside the station! 

It was lovely to meet andy yesterday we have been talking on twitter about football we share the same passion of MUFC. He very kindly arranged to meet me and then help me to the stadium.

The Cambridge Central premier Inn was fanatic they had so many disabled parking spaces I was amazed! After checking in I found my room number 2 on the ground floor, I have to say the disabled room was of good quality plenty of room to get myself around. Although the sliding door wasn't perfect as it was quite heavy, but i managed it.

It took us around 10 mins to walk to the stadium it wasn't too bad although cold. We met the head steward to get our tickets and then went I to the ground. Cambridge United had installed a ramp so that disabled visitors can get into the ground which i thought was really good. My seat was right at the front of the our fans (Manchester United), In fact I had a robin van Persie flag right behind me! The fans were fantastic as normal and I even had a chat to a few! The game was ok but to be honest the view was shocking as I wasn't raised! I was pre warned about there being an interrupted view but I'd say it was more than 10%! My other problem was stewards standing right in front of me so I couldn't even see some of the game which was really annoying for me, I know I shouldn't moan as I'm grateful to get tickets but when I paid £25 for a ticket I don't want people standing in front of me! I could of missed a goal!! (Not that there was any goals!)

Off back to the hotel seemed quicker probably because rain had started falling!! We went for a drink when we arrived back at the hotel and met two Scottish lads so we had a brief chat with them and a drink. Always good to meet new people espically as they were reds! 

My friend left after getting back to the room and so I put the tv on and lay in bed with my iPad and eventually fell asleep. I think I cooked over night as although I turned the heating off my room was so hot I didn't even get under the covers! 

Unusually for me I woke up and felt relatively hungry, so I rang reception who were great and they came to my room, helped me get out to the reception area and then brought breakfast to me it was so very kind of them. I had a croissant and coco pops which I unexpectedly really enjoyed! They also phoned for a taxi for me.

The taxi driver was so nice he had a fully wheelchair accessible vehicle. He picked me up and took me down to the car park where he then got me into the car and strapped in! We had a lovely chat on the way to the station, he seemed really friendly! 

The lady was ready at the station to collect me from the taxi driver for my long journey home. As I write this I'm about 45 mins away from Birmingham new street and still have to get back to Worcestershire after that! 

Overall was lovely to meet andy and Cambridge seems a really accessible town and I hope to go back soon :) 

It was such a long journey back home, taxi train taxi although I was lucky to have a friendly taxi drivers making the journeys quite nice although after over 4 and a half hours on the road I was absolutely knackered and a had nap when I got home! 

I have some pics but I will upload them up on a separate blog but until then enjoy my one photo of the view before people were stood in front of me haha!! 



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Exciting!!

So I have been having some more physiotherapy and guess what ...

Firstly my hands are doing very well I mean can you believe I can get a remote in between my hands! I can also get a "screw" tap to turn off a tap ..let me tell you that gave me quite the smile!! My hands are getting stronger!! 

But the best news with a frame I took EIGHT (8) steps with my feet all be it sideways! We are going to keep working on my legs and hands but here's to some more positive news soon :)

I shall sign off by thanking each and everyone of you for joining me on my journey with arthritis 

Lots of love xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Preparing for a trip!

So next month (February) I am planning a little trip across the Irish Sea to Dublin a place I have never been before and I have to admit I am very excited about visiting!!

Now being in a wheelchair every thing takes a bit of research and a lot of planning! It's not just as easy as jumping on a plane and hoping for the best!

First of all because I am traveling solo on this trip I needed to contact the airlines to find out if they allow for single wheelchair travelers, thankfully they do! So that's one point checked off, plan to get to the airport sorted will have to book my assistance a little closer who will aid me on and off the plane lol I don't much like flying but it'll be fine! 

Next stop because of traveling solo I needed to make sure I could hire an electric wheelchair while over in Dublin. Now I searched and couldn't find any useful information, so I asked my friend peters daughter heather as she lived in Dublin. She has been so helpful and has tracked down a firm who do this so now we just have to wait and hear back from them! 

Now I have researched hotels another important part of my research and came up with two that looked excellent and very accessible and I have chosen one as long as we can sort my electric wheelchair out! 

Now I've started research transport in Dublin so I can get about in the centre, although i may spend a day in the spa! (Well why not!!) 

Now the fun can start looking for places to visit and how accessible the bars are! You can not visit Dublin and not have a little drink!! 

I shall update you on my trip after my visit of course I'm sure I will have some pictures! 

Special thanks to Heather for all your help in researching on my behalf :)

Xx

Friday, 9 January 2015

Good news!! Hands

Well to start the new year off I have been told my hands are getting better, there's more extension in my fingers which none of us expected it really is wonderful to see the numbers dropping knowing that all the hard work is paying off.


I am so proud to know all my hard work has payed off so far. I now have a daily plan of exercises to further extension and build up the strength in my hands.

By using my splints every day for as long as possible

General hand in and out exercises

Massaging my hands twice daily

Wheelchair pulls (hold my hand on wheelchair and pulling) 

Finger pulls to strength my thumb and finger as well as stopping the finger from drifting.



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Aston villa away by Chris

Chris is a fellow Manchester United fan who has a disability but can use normal seats known as ambient seats. This is his experience of an away day :)

The night be for game my friend stayed over at my flat we had a lot of fun and a good laugh as we was excited about going to the game we hardly get to go much and we thank mudsa for it. saturday 20th december starts i was worrying because my brother slept in as i called him few times no answer but then he finaly rang me at 11 said he pick us up at 12-30 witch he did. he dropped us of near the ground and we followed the fans to the stadium it was really easy. then we got in my mate put on a few bets be for we went in. we had a good view front row seats we couldnt beleive our eyes watching the players warm up infront of us we was just shocked watching our heros infront of us. then giggs came over to chat with the fans gutted he never came our bit but managed to take a really good photo of him on my rubbish smart phone lol. then the match starts we all singing cheering on the lads but then villa took the lead me being me was swearing and being frustrated haha. then 2nd half kicks of we finaly made it 1-1 falcao scoring his 2nd goal for the reds my friend ran to the front to celebrate with him i was just cheering releived we scored. it ended in a draw we was still chanting and it was nice of the players to clap to us after the game. then we walked to the train station what was only a 5 minute walk. over all we had a great day hope there many more to come.

thank you mudsa and ashleigh

Monday, 5 January 2015

Stoke away!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

As the year started I was wide awake and talking to a friend, then the Owens rang to say happy new year which was really nice! 

I didn't get much sleep! Then off I went to my local train station for 9.30am! It was way too early!! I met Dan and the day began! We were off to Birmingham .. For a quick train swap! Train transfer was quick! Then on our train to stoke! Now although I have visited stoke before, I'd never been to the Britania stadium! 

I wasn't sure what to expect! After getting off our train we were told we could get a bus £3 return or a taxi. After much thought we got the bus as this meant I didn't have todo any transferring. So we get on the bus and it didn't end up leaving til 12.30!! Luckily we got to the game .. Just!! 

Stokes wheelchair area is elevated and away fans only. I got a good view of the pitch and the atmosphere as always from the united fans were fantastic!! 

Getting back to the station was a nightmare as everyone was cramming on the busses luckily we got helped on by 2 united fans! 

I had booked a train back for 2 hours after kick off to give us time, we was back wishing 30 mins! So stoke station were very kind and got us on to an earlier train! We both fell asleep in the way back!! Then the long taxi home!! 

It was fantastic to go on another away day! I had a great time and I hope that Dab did too, special thanks to him helping me out throughout the journey and during the game :) 



This is me before leaving all wrapped up!! 

This is my view at stoke!! 

V xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2015

So as we enter Into the final hours here in the UK I thought I'd tell you about some of my adventures next year that are already booked!

So first up we have football tomorrow January 1st what a good start to the year! I'm off to stoke for an away match with Dan and I'm really looking forward to it! Hopefully we will get a good win!

Then off course my 30th comes In February but who knows what that will bring! 

In march I will be off to see mcbusted for the second time and in fact there second tour I'll be there!!! 

April brings olly murs with my cousin twice! Looking forward to taking her oldest to her first ever concert she will have a great time I have no doubt!! 

Then off to Seattle (lets hope my doc lets me fly!!) looking forward to some adventures in the USA!

May brings take that with my friend and my brothers 22nd birthday! 

August brings a family holiday to EuroDisney with my cousin, hubby and children and my aunt and uncle I am super excited for that!! 

I also plan to visit Dublin and Barcelona this hear well I hope so anyway! 

A very happy new year to you all have a lovely evening xxx