After advice from Tom Mellor about scooters, I decided to try one on for size during my recent trip to Nashville. I was very nervous about using a scooter and was worried it would be heavy and cumbersome. Overall, I just didn't want to give in to using one. I did some research and found a medical supply store just ten minutes from the Nashville airport.
Although Tom recommended the GoGo scooter, I was not able to find that brand. However for 100 dollars I rented a portable scooter which broke down into five pieces. The store explained everything to me about the easiest ways to break down and the quickest ways to put together. Not really thinking about the scooter, we rented a large SUV and actually only had to take one part off to store in the back of car. It was light enough for my daughter and her friend to lift without difficulty. Let me say, they really need to give driving lessons on scooters. It took me a few days to adjust but boy was it a God send. We were in a Nashville for the CMA Festival and just getting around the football field would of been impossible for me. Overall, I loved it.
As for negatives, it really was not useful trying to get around downtown Nashville. The large number of people, uneven turf and not enough ramps made it very difficult to use under those circumstances. I was also very surprised at how others have no consideration for handicap patrons. I'm sure with time and use, I would become a much better driver and find ways to utilize the scooter efficiently. I know there may come a time when it may be a necessary requirement. I can honestly say, there really wasn't anything to worry about, it's just a necessary step of acceptance. It's hard to ask for help or admit that we need the help. I can also say, after four days, I had my fill of country music. However it won't be the last time I will experience life on a scooter.