Jesse Cuellar: My Summer Bucket List

This summer is going to be amazing because we’ll finally be getting back to living more normally. We are finally, slowly (and I say it again slowly) opening back up to the point where we can be outside and participate in normal activities. I look forward to being outside and active as much as possible. So, here is my list of activities I can’t wait to do again now that summer is here.

Take My Power Wheelchair to the Park

Jesse in his Edge 3 Motorized Wheelchair with iLevel

I can’t wait to go to the park every day when it’s nice out. I like to go to the SLU Dog Park and Sculpture Garden, which is in my neighborhood. I can’t wait to enjoy the weather and interact with people and the animals around the park. People always bring their dogs here and for me, these are good visuals. Plus, it’s fun to feed the dogs and it’s good entertainment for everybody.

Go to Restaurants with iLevel®

Although there are a lot of fun things to do in St. Louis, I can’t wait to go to restaurants again and enjoy some good food. With iLevel® technology on my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair, I can drive my power wheelchair right up to the bar and order a drink or some food. If I am having a conversation with friends, I can be eye to eye with them. When I’ve had enough of being at the bar, I can move my motorized wheelchair and sit outside on the patio. I can lower my motorized wheelchair easily and be at the same level as everyone else sitting at the patio table.

With eating out, it’ll be nice to not have to worry about the people sitting next to you and catching something. To this day, we still don’t fully understand COVID and we have little knowledge but not enough. We can’t assume it’s 100% safe out there. So, everyone needs to be smart about what you’re doing.

Living the New Normal

I do appreciate that the risk of COVID-19 is significantly lower during warmer weather and the summertime heat. This allows us to do more outdoor activities. Now that we have learned to acclimate to this new world we live in, we can dine outside and have fun outside without worrying too much about COVID.

In addition to living as normally as possible this summer, I want to connect again with everyone in my circle of friends. Throughout the last two years, I wasn’t able to spend time with them because of everything. Still, I want to keep it simple and safe yet be as active as possible all summer Long. I just hope everything goes well and I hope for the best for the coming fall. Until then, I will take it one day at a time doing all the things I love: painting, eating out and just getting outside again. Let’s stay safe yet take advantage of all the things we can do now!

About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.


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