Why a Wheelchair?
Aidan’s wheelchair is on it’s way from wherever wheelchairs are born, I guess a wheelchair stork. We’re very excited. It was at first denied by insurance but with a little encouragement (not the mob kind, I promise) they began to see things our way.
The only tricky part is that everything in their denial is slightly true, or truthy, or based on truth….whatever. They don’t want him to have the power chair because it’s not cost effective (opinion) because Aidan isn’t completely independent with the power chair (truthy if you care about little things like crashing). They think the best option is for him to have a manual chair that is pushed by a caregiver, well, because it’s $5,000 cheaper, but they won’t say that exactly.
So why does he need a wheelchair if he can walk, you ask? Well, his walking is functional only to a degree. He requires assistance. He cannot get up independently and go where he wants to go. He cannot walk a long distance, nor can he walk at a typical walking speed. I’ve loved watching Aidan’s walking progress. He now does laps around the house in the evening, choosing where he’d like to go. We could not, for example, take him out to a store without a wheelchair. In school, if he needs to get to a certain class on time, he would need a wheelchair. Also, independence increases cognition, or, when we have the opportunity to explore on our own, we get smarter. We’re celebrating both his walking strength and his driving prowess. A manual chair would once again put an adult in charge of him. Because he is capable, he deserves better.
Here’s the thing…Aidan deserves to be as independent as possible. For ten years, I’ve wanted to know what’s on Aidan’s mind, and in driving, he can tell me, at least in part. He drives with purpose and direction. It’s really amazing. The power chair gives him an opportunity to make his own decisions.