Today was the first time in a long time that I ventured to a shopping centre with my 5 year old son, my portable oxygen concentrator without my husband. I can handle going to the shops alone with the machine, but trying to hold my sons hand, hold re trolley handle and hold the rail of the escalator was all a little over whelming.
It’s dad’s birthday and I wanted to get him some nice looking sports wear. The local shopping centre is great for anything but good looking men’s clothing and boys clothing.
I had no choice but to go to the bigger shopping centre… A Westfield shopping centre.
It was a struggle. All that walking was a little too much and my oxygen machine batteries both ran out in the time that I was out.
The amount of people that stare… At times a little confronting. Wearing oxygen full time I often forget I have it on, but then reminded by a stare.
My mother inlaw met up with me later in the day and it was such a massive help as she helped me with carrying some bags and assisted with getting my son back to the car. We had a really nice lunch and it felt good having a day out of the house.
One thing I love about shopping at a Westfield is the good amount of disabled parking and the fact that you get free parking if you have a disability permit. I don’t know if all Westfield shopping centres have the same rule, but my local one does.
Thankfully it does because it’s hard work getting around.
I recommended frequent rest breaks. I didn’t rest much today and my legs are in pain. I also failed to stay hydrated… Not a good move either.
Thankfully- I got a great present to present to dad, my son was very well behaved today for me which made things easier and I may just venture out again some time soon.