To Save the Wheelchair or Not to Save the Wheelchair; The Story of a House Fire
Last month, my family and I experienced something that we never imagined would happen to us. Someone deliberately set our house on fire. Everyone is alright, and we were able to put out the fire quickly to save our house, but the emotional toll has been a lot.
Having never thought we would go through a house fire, we were unprepared as we rushed out of the house.
Our front door wreath, which had been set on fire, was beginning to burn our door. I always park my wheelchair by our front door to charge at night because the outlet is close to my bedroom. Having asthma, I knew in the moment or two I had before rushing out of the house that it wouldn’t be healthy for me to retrieve my wheelchair.
I am an ambulatory wheelchair user and was able to get myself out of the house with no issues, but I wonder if I’d still leave my chair behind if I couldn’t walk. For me, I made a quick decision that my chair was replaceable, and I wasn’t.
What would you have done in this situation? Have you been in an emergency where you had to leave your wheelchair behind?
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