Tagged: wheelchair

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for cup holders. It’s often the small things in my world that I can get excited about. We ordered Aidan’s new wheelchair today and it took three professionals and about ten thousand decisions to place the order. I felt very educated and included in each decision, even though I mostly deferred to the pros. I had choose the color, where to put the computer,what type of handles we wanted, and yes please...

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In His Shoes

So I took Aidan’s power chair out for a test drive by myself. He was at school with a different chair and I wanted to see what life would be like from his perspective. I went to two big box stores, made purchases at both, and spoke to people at both. I recognize that this is a very limited social experiment but here’s what I learned. Let’s start with this – I’m waaaay too UNskilled...

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Don’t Try This at Home

This is Aidan traveling at Mach speed in his wheelchair. It’s much like an amusement park ride that leaves your face smashed and your stomach on the ground. I hate it. Aidan, as you can tell, loves it. Just don’t think too hard about the videos we’re not showing you. Aidan very carefully maneuvered around cars in the driveway. We were even able to go on a family walking path in the woods. Aidan made...

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Decision Wheelchair

We’ve finally made a decision about Aidan’s wheelchair. Aidan tested both a manual and power chair and we gathered lots of info. We listed pros and cons and got all sorts of advice. Then, together at the end of the day, Garreth and I had a heart to heart. These conversations aren’t always easy. There’s the logical side and the emotional side. Garreth put it right out there that he didn’t like to picture his...

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One Huge Step

I was out shopping in the historic town of Portsmouth, NH recently when I saw a most bizarre sign. It was simply a handicapped accessible sign, but it was in front of a jewelry store that had one huge step out front. I wasn’t with Aidan and I hadn’t intended to go into the store but I just couldn’t walk away. Truth be told, I was a bit defensive and ready to educated them about...

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Independence Day

Aidan’s getting some wheels this year. (Wait, haven’t we already done that?) Aidan is a walking boy and that is a huge victory. The thing is, he walks short distances and requires some assistance. Right now we use a gait belt and hold one of his hands to help him get around. He can turn his body to tell you where to go (Remind me later to tell you about the stairs fiasco). So far...