Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ron Mueck on wheels
Well, I did it!
Yesterday my friend Keiryn came and got me and my new wheelchair and took me to the art gallery. It was my first real outing in the wheelchair and in fact my first real outing since getting sick last November. I have to say that I was dead scared! The art gallery is a 10 minute drive which on a bad day is enough to knock me down, and then we'd have to park somewhere and get from there to the art gallery and find the entrance and pay for tickets .... all simple stuff but all tasks that require thought and energy. I was so worried that I'd be wiped out by the time we actually got inside. It was all fine though, for at least 20 minutes. Keiryn pushed me round the exhibits and it was nice. Unfortunately there were lots of people and I found that the combination of lighting and all the movement made me feel really dizzy. I was also having some weird kind of trouble with my vision. I can't really explain it, but it was weird.
Aside from the scary stuff and feeling dizzy and odd, it was totally fab to be out somewhere nice and the exhibition was FANTASTIC. The photo is one that I took (the artist - Ron Mueck encourages people to take photos). Ron Mueck does these unbelievably lifelike sculptures of people but they are either huge or tiny. Very talented man. Oh, the other thing that happened which I hadn't been prepared for was bumping into someone that I used to know before I got sick. He came up and gave me this look of disbelief and said 'so what's with this', meaning the wheelchair. I didn't know what to say .... I just kind of said 'um, nothing really' ... It was a strange encounter and reminded me very much of what it had been like bumping in to people after my partner died. Neither of you know what to say and it's just awkward.
Anyway, I was expecting to have huge payback with flare up today, but so far nothing major .... so fingers crossed that it doesn't arrive tomorrow instead hahaha.