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Wheelchairs at Amusement Parks

Hey y'all,
So I am heading to an amusement park this weekend and I have a question. I've had Ankylosing Spondylitis for over 5 years now and have occasionally used a wheelchair. The thing is, I can walk but long distances make it difficult. I want to be able to enjoy myself at the amusement park but I'm nervous about renting a wheelchair when I can walk. Any tips for dealing with the piercing stares or whispering comments I may get from others?

  1. I think many of us face this issue at various times. It makes me so nervous as well. So what is my best sage advice? I do not have any. When this happens to me I say to myself, do I hurt enough to use a chair? Or do I soldier on and not be able to move the next day?

    I am usually self consciousness enough I solider on. Then the next day I pay a terrible price. The next day I say to myself, that was dumb and I will never do that again. Then well I usually do.

    Now ask my wife what I should do? She will say hey listen get the wheelchair and get over yourself. These people will never see you again and so what if they do. They dont know how you feel and they will not know how you will feel tomorrow. Just you and I will know and I dont like it the day after you do not use a wheelchair.

    So what do I do? She scares me, of course I get the wheelchair. She is a black belt stare at me champion in Indiana.

    rick - moderator

    1. Thank you Rick. After reading your post and discussing it with my fiancé. I have decided to use a wheelchair. Thankfully, my work supplies them to the community so I was able to get one to use for free. I decided that being able to actually enjoy myself all day instead of only for about 1 or 2 hours tops was going to be worth it. Thank you for your kind words.

      1. I hope you have a terrific time.

        1. PattiB
          I have the same problem. Sometimes I can walk and sometimes I can't. I don't know if it's part of AS or not but I also have a severe neurological balance disorder that I have a service dog to help. Some mornings I try to get out of bed and my legs won't move and I have to wait it out or get my dog to help me pull my back out. I never know what a day will bring. I'm trying to get a scooter through medicare and someone ask me why would I want to go outside. They don't understand that disabled people even if we're having a good moment could fall over at anytime but still want to be part of something. I have to keep a positive attitude or the pain will overwhelm me.

          If I'm going someplace where everybody is going to be walking I'm renting something so I can go too. I may have some physical problems and pain but I'm still alive and I want to live.

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