We went to the VA today to pick up Kevin's new wheelchair. We ended up having to leave it though because the arm rest on this one comes up and turns to allow a side transfer and Kevin needs it to stay locked into position so that he can use it to stabilize himself while getting up. They are hoping to come up with a way to pin it into place.
While we were there, Kevin picked out a scooter for use while at amusement parks and other places that require a lot of walking. Kevin was not thrilled with the idea before we got there, but as soon as he walked in and saw this 4 wheel one he was like "oh yeah". He got on the thing and took off for a nice ride. The prosthetics guy walked with him and said Kevin did a fantastic job and he had no qualms getting Kevin this model.
The cool thing about it? It breaks down into 4 parts - none of them more than 18 pounds so I can just tear it apart and put it in the car. Way cool, huh? I don't know how long it will take to get it, but I hope it's soon. We want to go back to Six Flags for the Christmas show and I cannot push him around like I did the last time.
Anyway, they have to rewire it for a left handed driver and make the seat swivel to the left too for Kevin to disembark. It's really amazing the things that can be done to help the physically challenged live better lives, isn't it?
And we got the keys to the new place today. He isn't charging us rent until the first, but this gives me time to get things moved slowly. I also have to have the VA put in a temporary ramp to the front door. It's already been discussed and they are working on it. I realize that Kevin doesn't continually use his chair anymore, but at least it will be there for those times when he does need to.
So hopefully all of these things work out. It would be a nice change, eh?
First 2 from the Nov kit!
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