Walking round the supermarket with a trolley

Walking round the supermarket with a trolley

I go shopping with a trolley

When I started taking Fampridine the physiotherapist was insistent that I take more exercise. I mentioned that I go to the supermarket every day and do the shopping on The Trike (3 wheel light-weight mobility scooter). Her eyes lit up, “I know what you can do” she said. “This is an idea. Walking round the supermarket with a trolley”.

Walking round the supermarket with a trolley

This sounds really easy. Ummm if only I could agree. When I arrive at Waitrose, my nearest supermarket, I must find a small trolley. Now I can tether The Trike, so it’s not stolen. Put my expensive lithium ion battery into the trolley, check that my FES is turned on and I can start walking. Already this is challenging my balance. I must not fall over.

Away we go

First stop is to pick up a zapper for ‘Quick Check’; apparently I am a loyal Waitrose customer. To pick up the flashing zapper I have to turn around and invariably reach to the top or bend down to take the one allocated to me. Now I check the shopping list and work out the most efficient route. Did I hear you say “Easy peasy lemon squeezy”

My balance is challenged

Pushing a trolley in a straight line ought to be simple. It’s when I want to stop, no brakes on these trolleys.

If only everything I wanted to buy was in one aisle. Here is a supermarket secret, turning the trolley round a corner takes a lot of practice.

Will the trolley do what I want it to do? I must not fall over.

Assorted problems

By now I have zapped fruit, veg and fish and loaded my purchases into the trolley. Next stop is to get some bags of ground coffee. En route I have to navigate past a couple who are idly talking about the difficulty finding a cleaner. I approach the coffee but I see someone trying to make up their mind which brand they want. This someone has stopped right next to the brand of coffee I want.

Now for a complicated manoeuvre

I have to parallel park then walk backwards pulling the trolley. Now I turn around and ask for the coffee and avoid falling over.

“Excuse me, can you please just pass me two bags of that coffee.” I say pointing to the coffee I want.

“Oh that’s no problem, here you are”.

This just leaves one simple problem find the zapper in my trolley and zap the coffee.

Slowly I make my way round Waitrose, get everything that’s on the list then pay for it. Contactless credit cards are a wonderful invention; my bill is always less than £30.

One last challenge

I’m back at that The Trike. Reconnect the battery, load up the bag of shopping and ride back to the house. Walking round the supermarket with a trolley is getting easier.

Quite often I bump into a friend and they say ‘Great to see you walking again’.

‘It is a challenge’ I tell them. I think that’s why the physiotherapist asked me to do it.

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.April 2018

10 responses to “Walking round the supermarket with a trolley”

  1. Thanks Pat.

    Brakes can change our world(s)…

  2. MC Black says:

    I think that Waitrose are more likely to listen than their competitors!

    I hope that you have your free tea or coffee in the café and the free newspaper!

    • Hello MC,

      I will write to Waitrose re getting trolleys with brakes but I am not very optimistic. I always get a free copy of the newspaper. I do not like drinking coffee out of a cardboard mug and the coffee in the restaurant is too weak to my liking, bit fussy about that sort of thing.

  3. Sandra lynn Snelling says:

    Good on you Patrick it helps me cope with my ms when I hear others being so positive

  4. Sue Doughty says:

    Tesco online deliver. Falling in supermarkets is useless so I gave up, and they don’t like me going in using my wheelchair, they usher me out fast.

  5. MC Black says:

    Why not suggest to Waitrose that they have some trolleys with brakes for disabled customers?

    Consider visiting the supermarket between 2:45 and 3:45 so all the parents will be doing the school run and it’ll be less busy !

    • Hello MC,

      Brakes are a very sensible idea but do not think they will listen?

      My life is too chaotic to get to the supermarket in a regular time slot but I will bear that in mind

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