My name is Paul, (the good looking one on the left) I’m 52 and was born with spina bifida. As a result I spend my days in my wheelchair and like most of us I spend my nights in bed. This is where my story begins back in 1986 when doctors found a cyst on my right ankle. Incidentally this was the year of the Mexico world cup.
Three years later the cyst on my ankle would not heal due to the pressure from my mattress. It was so serious that the doctors were considering amputating my foot.
In 1989 I visited some friends that happened to own a waterbed. I figured they must have been crazy or kinky or both. They loved it so much that they went on and on about how good it was and said I could try it because it would be good for my back and legs. I can honestly say that night changed my life. I slept so well, and although the cyst didn’t normally hurt I could tell that I had found the solution. (Still got my legs as you can see)
Even back then High & Dry Waterbeds had a shop in Portsmouth. I was up against it for money so I bought myself a simple style pine hardside waterbed. It was absolutely brilliant for comfort and nice and warm in the winter. The only problem I had was that I was finding it a struggle to transfer in and out of the wheelchair over the solid pine edge
Ten years later, at the Southsea Show High & Dry were exhibiting their new range.