Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82
Very simple really......His better half has somewhat of a disability and needs something lower to the ground....Wow now that wasn't too difficult.
Far be it from me to overlook someone with a disability. My sweet wife suffered a catastrophic ATV accident resulting in 21 operations and 27 pieces of metal in her body -- a hip joint, plus 26 pins, plates and screws. That was June 1, 2010 at about 4:45 PM in the Elkhorn Mountains outside Sumpter, Oregon. She spent over 3 months in the hospital in Boise and about 11 months in rehab afterwards. But we really enjoy RV'ing and traveling.
Our 2013 Chevy 2500 HD had to have the passenger side heater box and ducting removed so she could sit in the cab, since her knee did not bend. We tried individual electric steps and, when they failed, we tried full electric running boards and they, too, failed.
In the end, we chose lower profile tires plus fixed, sturdy flat running boards. In addition, for months I used a small folding stool for her to be able to reach the running board. I put the stool out, held her so she didn't fall and once in the cab, I folded the stool and put it at her feet.
With time and constant effort, now her knee bends slightly and her replaced hip and manufactured wrist work better than we could ever hope. She can now get into and out of the truck by herself, after years of effort and struggle. We have traveled when we could and she made every trip. That is a tribute to her and has nothing to do with me.
I just hope someday to have a spirit like hers.
But, she never wanted to be labeled handicapped and never asked for special treatment. She struggled and she is now much improved, thinks to God and her struggle to regain use of her limbs.
In our reality, being "handicapped" is both a physical reality and a state of mind. My wife chose to not be handicapped, although she was undeniably disabled. There was much she couldn't do, but almost nothing she wouldn't try. Now, she wears long trousers to hide her scars and disfigurement but those who do not know her history are only slightly aware of her disability.