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.