My wife had a spinal fusion about 15 years ago and has always had a bad back, made worse by owning an ice cream store with her ex for 18 years. Over the years her back has gotten worse, in fact on our last vacation we found a cane that turned into a chair because she can't stand in one place for any period of time. She also has other medical problems such as Fibromyalgia and Arthritis among other things.
Over the past 2 or 3 years her back has gotten progressively worse. Over the last few months we have found out that she has a herniated disc and also has other problems on every level of her spine.
She never needed a wheel chair until recently when we went to 2 conventions back to back weekends last month.
She has used a cane for years when her back is really bad and we have found that most people are really nice when we are traveling if she has her cane.
Since last month was the first time we used a wheel I have limited experience regarding treatment while in wheelchairs. That said at these conventions, crowded elevators are always an issue even for AB people and we found that even though people didn't lose their spot in line or the elevator they tended to be very nice and respected that she was in a wheel chair.
Since her back is as bad as it is we have started to talk about buying a wheel chair so we always have one when needed, We have found that not all hotels have them to lend out.
I have 2 questions:
1- Since my wife can walk, do we necessarily need a HC Cabin or can we deal with a regular cabin and fold up the chair when we need to.
2- With Security at the airports and Ports being what it is is it more or less difficult to get though Security in a wheelchair?