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Warming Up To That Power Chair

October 20, 2009 by Bill Strong
On Monday, Gwendolyn had a big, huge, gigantic personal breakthrough with her demo pink power chair at our weekly therapy appointment. We've been careful not to push her too quickly into the chair, knowing that it was going to be a major step for her and one that she had to make on her own -- at her own pace. The first few attempts before Monday were not what I would call successful, but on Monday, once Emily -- the fantastic representative that is helping us modify the power chair for Gwendolyn -- reclined the seat a bit more and moved the neck support back to allow her head and neck to rest comfortably, Gwendolyn took to the chair and owned it! She spent about 25 minutes sitting in the seat on her own and playing a xylophone and a drum with a small drumstick all by herself -- two movements that will help get her wrists power chair ready to hit that throttle smile

And we are very excited that next week we'll be bringing the demo power chair home with us to start giving Gwendolyn more time in it on a regular basis. We think that will really help get her comfortable with the setup.

We're so proud of our little girl! This is a huge step and, although we know this is still going to take time, we know for certain that Gwendolyn is going to LOVE the independence of spending whatever time she can in her power chair in the future.

Thank you Emily for being so patient with us and with Gwendolyn and thank you also for bringing Georgia, your service dog, with you to the appointment this week. Georgia was a huge hit and Gwendolyn loved meeting her!


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