I have found that a bright smile and plea for help makes most sales people go above and beyond to assist me in finding what I need and figure out if it will work.
Shop till you drop! Thankfully I am already sitting, so I can wear high heels all day long and shop until my mom says it is time to go home. Kidding aside, I do enjoy a fun day of shopping with my friends and family. Since my accident I have learned to shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories that are most flattering in a seated position. Unfortunately, this means that I sometimes miss out on certain styles, but thoughtful selections have helped me feel stylish even in my seated situation.
Trying clothes on is needless to say prohibitively difficult, but I have found that a bright smile and plea for help makes most sales people go above and beyond to assist me in finding what I need and figure out if it will work. I have asked sales girls that are roughly my size, to try things on that I am not sure will work. I then ask them to sit down so I can see if they will look hideous on me.
Sometimes when people see someone on a ventilator they are initially intimidated, but when I ask for help and show them that I am just a girl out shopping that happens to be in a wheelchair as well, they typically bend over backwards to make the experience enjoyable. It can be difficult to ask for help, especially for someone like myself who was very independent. But in letting go of my pride, I have found that most people are delighted, and not inconvenienced, to help if only asked.
The views expressed by Loa are not necessarily the view of the Ventec Life Systems, its members or the clinical board. These blog posts are the personal experiences of Loa. The blog posts are not intended to provide clinical advice or training related to VOCSN. Always consult a physician or trained clinician prior to using VOCSN. Please refer to the VOCSN Clinical and Technical Manual for detailed instructions, including indications and contraindications for use. VOCSN is available by prescription only.