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    My wheelchair emergency has happened!!!

    Aw shit. Got into my iGlide this morning. When I started to pull away from my bed, it went bonkers. It appears that the computer is gone so the chair is history. My shoulders are not happy with my 15 year old Quickie Triumuph so I am in desperate straits.

    I am agonizing over e-motions, xtender, or going right to a power chair. If I go to one of the other power assists, it will mean a new chair as well because my 15 year old won't work. If I could get pattherat's ZX1 I would do that in a minute, or if Burgerman's chair was available, I would go that way. However, because my need is immediate, I cannot wait. Until then, my mobility is going to be limited to nurse my shoulders along. Compactness is an issue. My home is fine for a manual chair, but most powerchairs are a tight fit. Your suggestions are welcomed.

    This is the predicament I have been dreading.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

    #2
    yikes grandpa sci! i wish i knew more to help! i hope you get an answer fast!
    "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
    http://www.elportavoz.com/

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      #3
      I've been looking at small power chairs for the last couple of weeks, and just bought a Quickie P220 on Ebay. My second choice was a Quickie P200: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
      No bids yet, 2 days left, and price is $699 and shipping about $165.
      Don - Grad Student Emeritus
      T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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        #4
        I'm sorry dear 55.
        Last August without the chair was hell for us so I know what this means.
        Sorry I can't help, only sympathize.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Donno View Post
          I've been looking at small power chairs for the last couple of weeks, and just bought a Quickie P220 on Ebay. My second choice was a Quickie P200: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
          No bids yet, 2 days left, and price is $699 and shipping about $165.
          What is the overall length and width on your 220? Thx
          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

          See my personal webpage @
          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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            #6
            Damn, that sucks! No advice, just wanted to say I hope you find your new chair really quick!

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              #7
              Do not go gently into that good night.

              Power assist wheels gets my vote.

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                #8
                About 25"x40".
                Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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                  #9
                  Think about pc with elevating seat to allow gravity transfers from bed to chair, toilet, etc. My wife has Permobil C400 which goes as low as 16" and quite high. Easy transfers!

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                    #10
                    My vote goes to the emotions. They have a variety of adjustments. By no means are they perfect but knowing your adaptability and pragmatism I'm sure you'll have them working like the iglide. I'd suggest that you give Frank mobility a call in the morning and ask to speak to Justin. He is a technician but is fantastic and probably could answer any questions you have.

                    Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to share my experience.

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                      #11
                      I'm going thru the same turmoil SCI and am oging up to vancouver this Weds. to se my DME. It's not the thought of being in a P/C that has me buggered, it's the clunkyness of one. May go power assist wheels til I save enough for a ZX-1 if they are still available.

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                        #12
                        I tried an iglide and found it more similar in feel to the yamaha (xtender) than the emotions, but only had a few hours on each

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Chaz19 View Post
                          My vote goes to the emotions. They have a variety of adjustments. By no means are they perfect but knowing your adaptability and pragmatism I'm sure you'll have them working like the iglide. I'd suggest that you give Frank mobility a call in the morning and ask to speak to Justin. He is a technician but is fantastic and probably could answer any questions you have.

                          Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to share my experience.
                          Does emotions hold back the chair on downgrades? I believe I read that xtender does. That is critical. Plastic coated rims and our summer sun/heat down here produce burns, even through gloves. I have ramps and grades that I must use that are a good deal steeper that tde 1" - 12" ADA standard.
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ancientgimp View Post
                            Think about pc with elevating seat to allow gravity transfers from bed to chair, toilet, etc. My wife has Permobil C400 which goes as low as 16" and quite high. Easy transfers!
                            What is that 16" measurement for? The spec sheet lists the lowest seat to floor distance as 19.25".
                            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                            See my personal webpage @
                            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                              Does emotions hold back the chair on downgrades? I believe I read that xtender does. That is critical. Plastic coated rims and our summer sun/heat down here produce burns, even through gloves. I have ramps and grades that I must use that are a good deal steeper that tde 1" - 12" ADA standard.
                              That's a good question. Supposedly, there is a hill holder function that can be used in reverse for descent. I haven't used it. I use my wrists with a combination of leather gloves for slowing down. hopefully there's a demo in your area that you can try out. I'll actually look into the holder function later this week. I tend to stay away from any sort of steep declines.

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