Monday, September 27, 2010
I have been planning on writing this post for quite some time, but my reluctance to make mention of my own disability (Cystic Fibrosis) has kept me from it until now. I am not ashamed of it or embarrassed mind you, I just really choose not to let it have any more impact on my life than I have to. I believe, however, that the time is right to share some of the positive sides of vantramping with a disability in the hope that someone will benefit from it.
There is no doubt that many look at a vanhome as a very small space to live. The positive side of that is that it is a small environment requiring much less to maintain than even a small apartment. It is an environment that is easily customized to work more efficiently in suiting the needs of those who live within it. In addition, this customized and highly efficient space, is conveniently along with you in most every situation. There is no concern that you may have left an important or much needed item at home where it will do you no good in an emergency. In my case, it offers me a private, comfortable place to relax and use my nebulizer if I find myself feeling congested, no matter where we may be. For just about anyone, it can be nice just to have a quiet place to lay down and let a headache pass or get over a stomach issue. Having the peace of mind that comes with this mobile and always available refuge is truly priceless!
There are many out there, living nomadic lifestyles with a disability, that otherwise would not have been able to travel and experience so much of life without the economic advantages of a mobile dwelling. More specific information about finances can be found in my post on "The costs of life on the road". Applying for the various national, state, and county park passes that offer discounts to those who qualify, is a small task well worth the effort.
Being able to migrate with the climate is a major advantage to those who deal with breathing issues or the various circulatory issues etc. Also, the ability to leave an area that has suddenly turned hazardous due to smoke from forest fires or an outbreak of influenza, without having to pack and make arrangements, can truly be a lifesaver.
I know that some contemplating this lifestyle in the future may have questions about dealing with ongoing care and any specialists they may require. I can only tell you that for my situation, it has not been a problem. In most every area of the country, there are qualified doctors and specialists. It may not be the one you prefer, but with a little research as you travel, it is not hard to find any service or practice that you may require.
I have read many discussions on keeping your medical records along with you on the road, and I can tell you that I don't do this. In the cases where a doctor has needed access to my medical records, they have always been able to request them from the last medical facility that I utilized.
For prescriptions that are ongoing, it is pretty hard to beat Walmart, as there just are not too many places you can go and be far from one.
The last aspect of vantramping with a disability I want to cover is dealing with maintenance or modifications, etc. This is really something that is more about the individual than the disability. The ability to break a job down into many smaller tasks, then slow down and focus on one tiny goal at a time, is often what is needed to make almost any job possible. It may take 20 times as long but if it matters to the person, and the time is available, there are very few limits to what anyone can accomplish.
As always, I hope this information is helpful and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have if I can.