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We Have Ramps!

April 14, 2010 by Victoria Strong

We have ramps for our car and this is BIG news around here! Probably seems crazy, but up until recently we've actually been lifting the entire stroller loaded with Gwendolyn and all the machines into the van (the "we" means Bill because it all weighs over 50 pounds). Ramps have clearly been a must for some time now...especially as our butterball is growing so big...but some things just get put on the back-burner!

Little did I know that having ramps has been an entirely new change in accessibility for us -- life changing! I can actually take Gwendolyn places on my own now! I can get a whim and go. I can meet friends places. And I can be a mom with my daughter on an adventure. And oh the places you can go in a car! We are fortunate to be able to walk to a lot of neat activities, but now that I can drive -- WOW! -- there is a lot available to us. And we have been taking advantage of it!

The ramps are called Duro-Med 5' Telescoping Adjustable Wheelchair Ramps and are collapsible so they fold up nicely in the car between trips. And for $120.00 they are a lot less than a modified van!

* For other SMA parents -- Up until recently we always drove with two people so someone was always sitting next to Gwendolyn to suction her. The only reason I am able to take her out on my own is because Gwendolyn is managing her secretions so much better now, is not having so many unexpected chokes, and tolerates sitting up slightly so I can see her in the rearview mirror.

Talk About It

That is so great! I like the little note to SMA parents on the end, I was wondering how you managed smile Great to hear Gwendolyn is doing so well!
Posted by Barb Zahn on 2010-04-14 18:20:07
Fabulous. Oh the places you can go!! Have fun. --Mari
Posted by Mari "Thorney" Roll on 2010-04-14 18:32:11
Ramps are so wonderful and a big help to 'mommy' n 'daddy' with our lil/big princess Gwendolyn. Nice to see daddy already using them.......a lot! Big help to lil petite 'mommy'.
Posted by Auntie Weez on 2010-04-14 20:50:39
Oh the places you'll go!!!!
Posted by Margaret on 2010-04-15 05:06:35
Ahhh...sweet freedom! As a mother who gets stir crazy if I am home all day I'm so happy for you!
Posted by Misty on 2010-04-15 11:34:32
Victoria, we have a ford expedition I am considering doing this with, but we are still waiting for our stroller, (got a late start on ordering it) so I don't know just yet, if the dimensions will work out accordingly. Could you tell me the inside height of your mini van, floor to ceiling? Thanks. Joe
Posted by Joe Stedman on 2011-03-17 15:21:55

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