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Message posted by romany girl02/3/2015 at 10:36am
Outfit:  ElddisAvante462 Honda CRV SE2.2 i-Dtec     Location:  Derbyshire
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Im also registered disabled with a long list of health problems including diabetes. I used to tent camp, but can no longer cope with it, EHU is essential for us, as is a fridge to keep my injections in at a constant cool tempreture. I also need to recharge my scooter, and power my c-pap machine at night, and l need a bed that l can prop myself up high to sleep, which is impossible in a tent as there are no solid walls to rest up against, so it has to be a caravan for me otherwise we would have to give up camping for good.

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Message posted by romany girl02/3/2015 at 10:45am
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Im also registered disabled with a long list of health problems including diabetes. I used to tent camp, but can no longer cope with it, EHU is essential for us, as is a fridge to keep my injections in at a constant cool tempreture. I also need to recharge my scooter, and power my c-pap machine at night, and l need a bed that l can prop myself up high to sleep, which is impossible in a tent as there are no solid walls to rest up against, so it has to be a caravan for us, otherwise we would have to give up camping for good.

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Message posted by bridgeywidge02/3/2015 at 7:25pm
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My incredible sister is quite disabled with MS but has somehow managed to continue camping, although pitching and striking requires little elves. She sleeps on a SIM on the floor, as she finds it easier to roll from onto her knees before helping herself up into a relatively sturdy metal director's chair. Her tent has two central poles (kind of a tall ridge tent)enabling her to hang onto those if required, although we do rib her about pole dancing .

If she's badly behaved we wheel her into the middle of the field and leave her there - penance for the teasing inflicted on me a young 'un... only joking, partly. She now has an off-road mobility scooter - well, you would think it was the way she travels on it - which gives her a some freedom and independence.

Nightly trips across the grass are a thing of the past, so she makes do with personal facilities, discreetly taken to the loo the next morning.

She moved to a SIM after rolling off the airbed between it and the tent wall. Fortunately I was in the other pod, so heard her gentle curses... and could grapple her back onto the dirigible.

Now, a memory foam topper on the SIM sounds a grand idea for her, but not cheap (if you can get one for free, grab it and try it). Ditto the camping Maybe go with friends/family and not too far from home, just for a pilot trip, and see how you get on?

Being comfy at night is a major priority and even more so if you have pain.

I wish you well with your adventures and hope you manage to enjoy the great outdoors, as you did before.

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Message posted by Mr+Mrs H02/3/2015 at 8:25pm
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I have osteoarthritis in most joints, but intend to camp for as long as I can.
As others have said, standing height tent is essential for me now. Ehu is also a godsend so that I can keep warm.
I use a folding campbed so that I am raised off the floor, making getting out of bed easier. I have a reeded air bed on top of that for comfort.
I prefer an oval shaped sleeping bag that I can move about in easily when I need to reposition ( just a Gelert Pod)
Where possible I now camp a little closer to the loo's for the early morning dash as we don't have a camping toilet (yet.....)
I find putting the tent up easier than getting it down and folded up, and on occasions I have had to leave some tent pegs in the ground when not strong enough to pull them out. As others have said, other campers are often very helpful if my hubby isn't there to assist.
I have had to compromise and make changes to manage my deteriorating mobility, but for now i'm still able to camp and hope to have many more happy trips!


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