After a year (yes a YEAR), we finally got S’s new wheelchair on Monday. Hooray!
I don’t have any pics of his old wheelchair at hand, but it was not much better than a cheap pram. Bits fell off regularly, his feet couldn’t properly reach the footplates and for some bizarre reason the push handles – which couldn’t be adjusted – were at about the right height for a 10 year old.
You may wonder why he had that chair at all – well back when we were looking at a wheelchair for school, I had no idea how often he’d even need a wheelchair. He rarely uses one at home and I figured at school he’d rather be in his walker. So we just went for the easiest cheapest option.
What I hasn’t factored in was just how exhausting he would find school and how much movement around the school grounds would be part of his days. So it has turned out his wheelchair has been pretty well used at school. I felt particular bad for one of his aides who was close to 6 foot tall. I hope back strain wasn’t one of the reasons he eventually moved on!
But it really took over a year of processing, top up funding sourcing, then wheelchair ordering and adjusting for the new wheelchair to actually be ready.
Is it worth the wait?
Absolutely! S loves it. He is so much more comfortable and supported and he loves so much that it’s easier for him to propel the wheelchair himself. He definitely needs lots of practice but for the first time I am seeing that as a possibility for him.
I love that it’s easy to push and maneuvre and it’s brilliantly light and easy to fold down to pop into the back of the car.
S chose the colour. Yellow is his favourite. And it matches his Crocodile walker nicely (also yellow).
If you’d told me 8 years ago that getting a new wheelchair for my child would be a wonderful exciting time I would have probably just burst into tears. Goes to show how far we’ve travelled and how differently we see things now!
Yep, it’s a great week in our house. Lovin’ the new wheels to bits :).