Today Mason took the first official step in the path to a pediatric wheelchair! We visited Columbus Medical Equipment to try out some wheels and chat with our vendor about what we’re looking for. This Friday we’ll meet up with the vendor and some of Mason’s doctors at Myelo Clinic to take his measurements and get paperwork finished. This is one of the demo chairs and as such it looks practically nothing like Mason’s chair will look in the end…LOL! Still, we were pleased to see him take off the minute he was seatbelted. Mason enjoyed it. Some differences between this chair and the custom built chair he’s getting:
- No headrest, he doesn’t need it.
- Lower back that is tension adjustable – makes it easier for Mason to reach behind himself to get things, play, etc. The one on this demo chair is offers way more support than he needs.
- Different anti-tip wheels in the back – his will be two smaller bars that are adjustable so he can have more freedom to do wheelies and have fun as he grows.
- Smaller wheels – these are 22" and we’re probably going down to 18" so he’s closer to the ground.
- Sides to the seat (guards) that keep his legs from splaying out to the side so much that they or his pants rub against the wheels.
- Small extender bar on each brake pull so he can reach without leaning so far forward.
Many parts on this are adjustable or removable, such as the parent handle for pushing like a stroller. The other big difference – the color! There are more than 10 colors to choose from. Can you guess which one of these we’re going with?
After Friday’s measurements we’ll just have to wait. And wait. And wait. Sometime late summer Mason’s wheelchair should be ready!