Columnist Writes About New Wheelchair Process
Happy Monday, everyone! As you all heard first, I got a new wheelchair at the end of 2019 and shared some of my woes in this thread here. Besides this forum, I wanted to take the opportunity to write a full-length column about it.
I actually wrote this piece about 4 weeks ago. I knew I wouldn’t be submitting it to my editors until around now, but I wanted to write while I was in the thick of this transition. As I’m sure you know, getting a new wheelchair is anything but easy. So, the intent behind my column was to show that I, too, had my fair share of obstacles.
A couple of updates since this column was written:
- My wheelchair guy accidentally broke my joystick while making adjustments. I was without a chair for 5 days. The guy felt TERRIBLE, but whaddya going to do?
- The seat took lots of adjusting— I just didn’t feel comfortable in it for some reason. After many minor (and I mean millimeter minor) shifts, ibuprofen for pain caused by my seat, and patience, I think we finally got it right.
- My assistant accidentally backed up into the wheelchair guy’s truck in her car. Wish I were kidding. It’s never a dull moment around here, but fortunately, everyone is okay.
- You are able to adjust the sensitivity of a mini joystick!
- After 6 long weeks, I’m finally beginning to feel more “me” in that chair.
Again, I’ll leave the link to my column here. Can you relate?