Monday, March 9, 2009
A New Set of Wheels
Neil has graduated to a different chair. His original one was very supportive with a head rest and the ability to recline. This new one is a very pared down, basic chair with big wheels on the sides that he can control. Because the chair is much simpler, it represents Neil's progress. He doesn't need all the support anymore, and he can be trusted to transport himself. However, there are a few problems with his new vehicle. First off, Neil misses the headrest. Although his neck muscles are getting stronger, he's used to leaning back when he gets tired, so now he'll have to work a little bit harder. Second, since Neil only has one usable hand at present, he tends to move in circles. Please don't snicker at the image you have of him in your head right now! This is going to be a tough job for him to learn to manipulate this thing without getting too frustrated and worn out. And lastly, this chair better be temporary, because it's much too small for our 6' 1" Neil. His knees are almost up to his shoulders in this chair! Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea. Maybe it's all part of their plan to motivate him to get out of the chair and walk!