I enjoy being an advocate for people with disabilities. I am not afraid to speak my mind. I have a voice and I like to use it. I take pride in being able to help others. Whether it is helping a newly injured patient, or just offering my email or phone number to someone who needs to talk.
It’s wild, it’s blingy, it’s pink and it is MINE!! My new chair is almost complete and I love it so. I have waited patiently for this chair and it took longer to get than anticipated, but it was definitely worth the wait, and the money, to get the chair of my dreams.
I started the new chair process in March of 2012. My new one was delivered in Sioux Falls right before the new year. I decided to get a Colours Razor Blade this go around due to it being Ultra Light Weight and it came in a 20 inch long seat depth. With my long legs I just wasn’t sitting right in an 18 inch. The two inch difference does make a world of difference. This is my second Colours chair after being in Quickies from the day of my injury. With changing Medicare guidelines, insurance companies aren’t paying for as many things as they used to so I had to set money aside for some of the things I needed and or wanted -- lighter wheels, no air inserts, soft roll casters, clothing protectors, etc. Things I wanted were a custom paint job, a custom fabric back, wheelchair bag, and of course all the bling I added on.
I’ve been crafty most of my life and I can’t believe I haven’t pimped out a chair before this! I had a lot of fun figuring out what I wanted on it, how I wanted it on there and finding all the stuff online to complete the process. It is amazing what you can find online. eBay, Amazon, and etsy have become some of my favorite stores. I started thinking about the design long before I had the chair in my possession. I bought things here and there and some stuff I just experimented with.
The new chair may look more like a fashion accessory than something to get around in, but this chair was also very much needed for me health wise. I am still battling pressure sores on my feet. Those darn things – they start to heal and then blow up again. Well, this new chair has a custom footplate. It’s one big footplate cut in half and my local dealer is adjusting it to disburse pressure throughout my whole foot as opposed to just one area. We can adjust each foot to where it needs to be. It still needs some adjusting right now and that will probably take a couple of trips to the HME, but when I am in the chair my feet don’t want to jump off. In fact, my spasms have decreased significantly in the new chair. Major bonus since I am still off baclofen.
I am not able to be in the chair full time – still awaiting some things for it. It also needs some touch up paint as it came with a few scratches. I hope to add some blingy silver wheels in the future, maybe this Spring once all the snow is gone. I’m sure this rig will bring some added attention to me while in it and I am fully prepared for that. I think it looks hot and can’t wait to take it out on the town.
© 2013 Kristina Allen