Wheelchair Repair Woes
I want to cry. In effort to make my new “top of the line” chair functionally comfortable I’ve been trying to make adjustments for the last year. One of my main gripes (I have several) are the armrest pads. Obviously, whoever the designer is don’t use them because I’d rather rest my arm on a moss covered boulder. At least then it would be rounded and cushioned. Finally, after being ghosted for months and a bad cable message popping up, the wheelchair guy makes an appearance.
Parts ordered and another waiting game ensues. He calls yesterday to see if I’ll be around today. Yes, yes, I’ll be here. Never mind it’s year-end so I have my other job to attend to. Thankfully he was late because I needed an emergency bathroom break before he got here. When he pulled out the new arm pads my eyes widened. If they’re the same as what I already have, I don’t want them I exclaim. He assures me they’re better, so I’m willing to give them a shot. Supposedly they don’t have a hard ridge of plastic around them and they’re a more pliable material. He demonstrates by squeezing one with his thumb.
Of course, installation is never easy. After making several trips to his van, and swapping out pretty much every screw, they’re attached. Complaining the entire time, about time, he tells me he’ll have to come back another day to install the cable. His excuse, I can’t be in the chair. Funny, he never mentioned that before the appointment. At least it’s still running, knock on wood.
The new arm pads suck. Slightly rounded square edges are no improvement. They remind me of the square cornered couch my grandparents had. Terribly uncomfortable, nobody sat on it. Eerily, like the plastic protected couch, my arm sticks. Whatever material this is grips, hindering what little movement I can muster and twisting my sleeve like a pretzel before catching on the corner. Too bad he wasn’t a no show like all the pca interviews this year. But then it wouldn’t be a billable opportunity I suppose.
I’m already hashing out home modifications to improve them, because obviously I’m not getting what I want. Sculpt them like a jack-o-lantern? Duct tape on the ones from my previous chair? All options are on the table. Do you make home modifications? How do you decide what to take into your own hands?