Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A pony ride and a near heart attack...
On Sunday after church we went to the local community fair.
Once again the power of a cute child in a wheelchair won out and Ashlea got offered a free pony ride. So cute - it was her first time on a pony and she loved it. She mostly held onto the handle thingy (sorry - I'm not a horsey person) and only spent about half the time trying to ride the pony while covering her ears with her hands.
Just before her ride I came close to having a heart attack. While Emma and Audrey were hopping on the ponies for their turn I put Ashlea's brakes on her wheelchair and stepped away from it to help Murray.
We were on a hill.
I have now discovered that Ashlea knows how to release the brakes herself.
Luckily I saw her out of the corner of my eye as she started to accelerate down the hill - and was able to jump in front of the chair and stop her. I don't usually move fast, but I tell you I moved fast that day. Every time I think about it I have palpitations and feel sick all over again. The outcome could have been devastating.
Lesson learnt - never trust the small cute child in the wheelchair!!!