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March 26, 2007

I’m getting a new wheelchair!

Filed under: Disability, Health, Life, Reviews, Wheelchair — Kim & Sophie @ 8:39 pm

crossfireTomorrow is a pretty exciting day!  I’m having a new wheelchair ordered!  I’ve really needed one for quite awhile now, but I’ve been putting it off.  Now, it’s to the point where I really need a new chair before my old one falls apart (literally)!

The photo to the left is of the chair I am getting!  It’s a Top End Crossfire Titanium.  It’s lighter than the chair I have now (a Quickie GT).  I’m getting the ergonomic seat option, a Jay2 Deep Contour cushion (It’s like the one I have now only thicker), light up castors (like I have now), and 25″ Spinergy LX wheels with red spokes and red tires.  (I have the same wheels on this chair but they are 24″).  I’m also getting a carbon fiber backrest.  It only weighs 1 pound!  (2 pounds in my case because I’m getting the adjustable version).  The backrest I’m using now weighs at least 5 pounds!   

This chair is going t fit me so much better than the one I have now.  Julian and I measured it correctly and I know it’s going to be set up the best way for me.  Unlike the chair I have now, that involved two seating “specialists”, an occupational therapist, and two people who worked in medical supply stores who “specialized” in assembling wheelchairs and fixing them (one of which had been a wheelchair user himself for over 12 years)!  All of these “specialists” and not one of them could come up with one mesurement that fit me properly!  Not one mesurement on the new chair is the same as the one I’m using now!  Do you detect that maybe something’s wrong here?!  carbon fiber

I can’t wait until my new chair comes!  Invacare said it should take about 3 weeks, but I’m hoping we can get a rush put on it because my chair is really falling apart!  I really like how you can shoose everything on the new chair including the front frame type and width of the footrest, and even to have a tapered seat so the back of the frame is wider than the front!  Wish me lots of luck with getting my chair soon!

Our next task is going to Florida so I can get measured for my new racing chair!  I really can’t wait for that!  I can barely contain the excitement!

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6 Comments »

  1. Hey, hope you like your new chair. It looks like a good one.

    Comment by dionysius — March 27, 2007 @ 7:03 am

  2. Hi there,

    Since you commented on my blog, I thought I’d return the favor! 🙂

    As a guy who has been blessed with full function of most of my body parts (my lungs are frequently in question), I don’t all that much about wheelchairs. However, this post reminded me of a news report I saw about a wheelchair that has the ability to climb stairs! I did a quick search and tracked down their website: http://www.ibotnow.com/ibot/ (in case you haven’t seen it before). Anyway, I love new technology, and I was really impressed with what I saw in the report. (I have wonder if something like that is in the price range of the average person…) What do you think about it?

    Brian

    Comment by brianhewitt — March 29, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  3. Hi Brian, thanks for the comment! The main two “problems” with the iBot is weight: it weighs 250lbs, and cost: for the basic iBot it costs $25,000 (you can easily spend thousands more on a seating system for it).

    The two main advantages are:

    1) the user can balance on 2 wheels and be at eye level with other people. (you can get other standing wheelchairs or wheelchairs that have a seat that can be raised for a lot less).

    2) the user can climb stairs, providing they have enough arm function and strength to grab hold of the hand rail (if there is one). They then pull the 250lb chair up the stairs while sitting in it. For someone who has this much arm strength and function they could easily use a manual wheelchair. If a person with this much function used a ultralightweight wheelchair they could easily sit on the stairs and pull themselves up on their butt like kids would do and just pull the chair up.

    For someone without enough strength or arm function to pull themselves and the chair up stairs they would have to have someone else pull them and the chair.

    In my case I do have enough arm function to push a manual wheelchair (the new one will weigh about 22 pounds). I don’t have enough strength to pull myself up stairs using the handrail, and not enough function to even get into the position, but Julian could easily pull me up stairs backwards in my chair. We can also store it it very small places (including the tiny closets on airplanes) and it’s very lightweight. Also around $6000 which is a lot cheaper and getting replacement parts or getting the chair fixed costs a lot less.

    Comment by Kim & Sophie — March 29, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

  4. Whoah- 25 Grand! For that price, you gotta hope that there’s monogramming, gold leafwork and built in cigar humidor! To be honest, $6000 sounds like a lot too.

    You know, I had this suspicion that it might not be a terribly practical device… As soon as I started imagining myself rolling around in it, pushing the fire-gatling-gun button on a jet-like joystick to blow up evil robots, I knew it was meant to appeal to geeks like myself instead of people with an actual need for a wheel chair.

    Anyway, all jokes aside (though I briefly did imagine the above episode, sorry to say), I hope you enjoy the new wheelchair.

    Comment by brianhewitt — March 30, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

  5. Thank You

    Comment by Alex — April 25, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  6. The fit is very important. Good for you.

    Comment by Allen — June 7, 2007 @ 7:04 pm


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