Shabby Miss Jenn

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seeing is Believing

Believe it or not, I've finally gotten around to posting some videos of Wade in his wheelchair.  I have a bad habit of putting off things I think will take a lot of time.  But really, how long does it take to upload some videos to YouTube and then post here???  So, without further ado, here we go!

This first clip is of Wade at therapy, the day he received his chair.  He was a little apprehensive, but he hadn't sat in one in 6 months.  Yes my friends, that's how long it took for insurance to process his chair!!!

This next clip is of Wade showing off his new skills to our friends.  We are so lucky to have such a wide street that is not at all busy for him to practice.  Because, it seems like A LOT of practicing is in our future!

This last clip is a little long, so feel free to do some fast forwarding!  I would edit it a bit, but since it's taken me so long to even get these posted, I think I'll save that for another day!

Wade got his chair the last week of August.  When we first tried it in the clinic, we had the head sensors set to just turn right and go forward.  Once we got the chair home, being the anxious parents that we are, we decided to give Wade the ability to go left, right, and forward.  We quickly learned that with these options, Wade's favorite thing to do was to spin in circles!  Also, even though we live on a wide street, Wade always seemed to find the curb!  Thank goodness for the remote stop that we hold onto for emergency situations.  After talking to our wonderful therapists, we realized that all the directions were just too overwhelming to start out with.  So now, the only option he has is forward.  Once he learns to stop and go on demand, we'll add right and left back.

It's now been about 2 months, and he seems to be getting the hang of it.  We take it to school everyday, so he has a lot of opportunity to use it.  I can't wait until he is a lot more proficient with his chair.  It's going to give him so much freedom!


LMB said...

Jennifer-those videos were so sweet! I can't believe how well Wade can maneuver his chair. :) What a blessing it is for him to learn to get around on his own!

Kelly in TX said...

Awesome! Freedom, indeed! :)


Carla said...

Loved the vidoes! He looks so proud of himself to be able to captain his own ship:) It was reat to meet you & your right, its wonderful to meet someone who gets it!