“My bed has made a massive difference to my life. I can now sit up without having to struggle. It also means I can use the bed to elevate my feet. When you have a spinal injury, your circulation is quite harboured in a lot of ways so this elevation helps any fluid disperse. This bed is an absolutely vital part of my life transition.”
“There is another link with Theraposture as I now have a through floor lift donated to me by Eric Rivers’ family. The late Eric Rivers was another recipient of a DIY SOS conversion and Theraposture bed which helped him during his fight against Motor Neurone Disease.”
“It’s really lovely to know that if I do struggle to get up in the morning, I have the backup of the bed to give me the support I need. I don’t use the head end incline all the time as I what to retain tone in my stomach. However I have security in old age when I am going to struggle a lot more, I guess my bed is future proofed. It’s really comfortable and the mattress is brilliant for my back, much more supportive than my old airflow system which I couldn’t push against when trying to sit up. I also have the option of raising and lowering the bed so it fits to the height of my wheelchair.”
“I think mornings are a struggle anyway in life, in general. Then add a disability and a bed that doesn’t work, equals a disaster. I used to have two voices in my head – one saying stay in bed and the other encouraging me to tackle the day. Now I don’t have any of those contradictory thoughts, I wake up and it’s totally different, like a massive cloud has been lifted that was weighing me down. Since having the bed I have being so much more aware of how much easier life is with it. I’m really grateful.”
“I now don’t need a transfer board to get into bed from my wheelchair. With my old bed it was something that I had to us as it was too tall. I would regularly forget my board and leave it downstairs which was a real pain. Not needing a transfer board is important from a physiological point of view as I have eliminated one piece of kit.
My bed transfers are also so much quicker. When you become disabled you have to learn to be patient, everything takes a lot longer. So any small thing can make a massive difference, my bed having really low access is one of them.”
Amanda continues to rebuild her life and her positivity is an inspiration to all. Since her injury she has skydived, scuba dived, competed in the Interspinal Games and still attends the gym regularly. She has written a book recording her experiences and is working as a motivational speaker. Amanda plans to tackle the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, in a wheelchair for charity during 2018.