I feel so smart! I had dropped my keyboard, but I wasn’t strong enough to pick it up with my grabber, so, after several attempts, I leaned my keyboard the long way against my tire. If u saw my posts on Facebook or Instagram, u know that on April 16) I got a new wheelchair that can stand. But in order to stand, I wear a chest strap that prevents me from leaning forward. But my backrest moves, so I leaned that forward, & I was able to pick up my own keyboard! 🙂
About my new wheelchair: Like 7 years ago, I looked into a standing wheelchair, but my old home used an elevator, & it was a bit too big. However, it was a blessing in disguise. Not only has the technology advanced & made it safer & capable of doing more, but additionally, I was not ready for it! My core was way too weak, & it would have made the chair uncomfortable—so a big thanks to horse therapy, again!
Now, I am like a transformer, & if I have my knee brace & chest strap on, I can “transform” from a “sitting car”, into a “robot”! & when I do, I turn into a “robot” that is much taller than my “human form”! I will try to post a video!)
The last few weeks have been crazy trying to NOT sit! (After 14 years of sitting, standing is a bit more appealing!) In the last 14 years, I have created a world for myself where I sit, so at 1st, I was very limited to what I could do standing…But if I’ve learned anything in 14 years, chances are high that I will need to make a sacrifice in order to gain something greater. So I have spent more time doing other things. Talking I can do sitting or standing, so I’ve done a lot of standing & having conversations—& it has actually become a challenge to sit & talk: (Maybe it is a coincidence, but I think my diaphragm is less “squished”, so I get more air…)
This means that when I stand, I lose my belly (that I support my iPad on), & I lose my lap (which means I can’t use my iPad pillow, or carry/transport stuff, & I don’t think our dog, Cooper, likes my chair too much, also, since his lap is gone: he’s always staring at me, like he’s saying, “When’s it my turn?”) , so at first, I made a make-shift “tray” for my iPad, but it was hard to type, so I spent more time deleting. I now have a tray (which is AWESOME because now I can do anything I want to do while standing—like typing this post!), though it is requiring a few adjustments from my OCD-world. The biggest adjustment is by my dear husband, who has a myriad of straps & equipment to remove from me every time I need to potty! 🙂
My kids are adjusting, too…At 1st, it freaked them out to come home & find me standing in the room, or to walk down a hallway only to find me rolling down the hallway as I stood! But my favorite was that one morning, while I was standing, I went to see if my daughter was up & knocked on her bedroom door. She opened it & gasped: she was NOT expecting to see her mom STANDING outside her door! J
I am so grateful to God who has provided me with the means to be blessed this way. This chair has provided physical & emotional benefits (hugs are SO much better now!), & increased independence (in my personal activities, & it has also allowed me to do more therapy on my own.
Oh, we have GOT to see a transformer video! It must be fun for you to be able to be upright if you want.
This is so awesome Jen! I’m excited to see all of the cool new things you are able to do with this new technology! You rock! 🙂
You forgot to mention how incredible your chair makes you at the limbo as well Jenny! You stole the show at the daddy-daughter dance. 🙂