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    I got my new wheelchair!!!

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m VERY happy to say that I got my new wheelchair. At the seating clinic fitting I was disappointed when the therapist (not the DME as I would have thought) tried to convince me to get an electric wheelchair. I felt that when I rolled into the room (in a standard wheelchair) I did OK aside from the chair being too big for me. I said to her “I want to use it until I lose it”. Anyway, I stood my ground and she finally accepted it.
    (BTW:I have MS) I got the TiLite Aero X because several of the cars I am driven in are very small.
    My chair is a Root beer colored Aero X.
    16" Seat width
    16" Seat depth
    18" Front seat height
    17.5" Rear seat height
    80° front angle
    16" seat to footrest
    2° camber
    TiLite Shadow 24” rear wheels
    Treaded tires with solid inserts
    Natural Fit hand rims
    Matrix Vi 16x18 Cushion
    Aluminum anti-tips
    The only thing I didn’t really like was that I didn’t have much of a say in things. I chose the color but, that’s it. I wish they would have said “there are several choices for (whatever) and we would choose this one because (some reason) but, the choice is yours. For example: I would have picked black road tires instead of the white off-road tires. I just think he worried more about his commission than my opinion. All in all I really like the chair. I am home-bound and feel this will change my attitude and abilities in going out. I am also getting a bus pass for the local wheelchair accessible “door to door” bus. Actually, my mom just came into town and said that she noticed my attitude has gotten much better compared to when she saw me last (a year ago).
    ScottC74

    #2
    Nice chair. Congrats !
    www.adventuresofcolinandheather.blogspot.com !

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      #3
      Originally posted by scottc74 View Post
      The only thing I didn’t really like was that I didn’t have much of a say in things. I chose the color but, that’s it. I wish they would have said “there are several choices for (whatever) and we would choose this one because (some reason) but, the choice is yours.
      As a seating therapist, it bothers me when I hear stories about other seating therapists taking that approach. You will be using the chair, not them, therefore your input needs to be paramount.

      I'm a firm believer that the order form should be used for structure. One option can affect many others and compromises may need to be made. If they are simply checking off items, those types of discussions are unlikely to occur.

      Anyway, congrats and good luck with your new chair.

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        #4
        Congrats on the new chair!

        Just out of curiosity what was the logic of a 16x16 chair and a 16x18 cushion?

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          #5
          Congrats!

          Though you had little input into what you got, I hope you really enjoy it. From my limited experience, TiLite makes good chairs, and the AeroX has numerous adjustments you can tweak to make it fit you well. And you did choose a great color.

          I presume you can walk a bit because of the footrest style you have. Am I right?

          Personally I don't like having armrests. My DME ordered them, but I took them off (mounts and all).

          Why is your cushion 2" longer than your seat depth?

          What would you have liked in a chair that you didn't get?

          I'm full of questions tonight - sorry.

          I like your shirt; it's a good color, too.
          Chas
          TiLite TR3
          Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
          I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

          "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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          UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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            #6
            It looks comfortable.
            Life is meaningles, though you create the purpose.sigpic

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              #7
              I'm really not sure why the 2" difference the seat and cushion. That was the DME thought.

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                #8
                The shirt is the fight MS shirt.

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                  #9
                  Enjoy! Nice color!

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                    #10
                    not sure if this is why you have the longer cushion vs seat depth, but my cushion is 18" and my frame is 17", because my thighs are REALLY long, and he was trying to keep the chair itself short as possible while keeping me seated well, as in my old chair I was sitting with my knees all flopped to the side as it didn't fit me. was just an inch but I'll take every one I can get I can't imagine going any shorter on frame length in the future, as I still sit a little crooked if I'm really fatigued.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
                      Congrats!

                      Though you had little input into what you got, I hope you really enjoy it. From my limited experience, TiLite makes good chairs, and the AeroX has numerous adjustments you can tweak to make it fit you well. And you did choose a great color.

                      I presume you can walk a bit because of the footrest style you have. Am I right?

                      Personally I don't like having armrests. My DME ordered them, but I took them off (mounts and all).

                      Why is your cushion 2" longer than your seat depth?

                      What would you have liked in a chair that you didn't get?

                      I'm full of questions tonight - sorry.

                      I like your shirt; it's a good color, too.

                      Aside from the tires I'm not sure what options were available. I talked very little because I was not asked questions or offered this or that. I really just didn't know what options were available. It IS a good chair and I like it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by scottc74 View Post
                        It IS a good chair and I like it.
                        Great!
                        Chas
                        TiLite TR3
                        Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
                        I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

                        "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
                        <
                        UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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                          #13
                          Congratulations @scottc74. I don't think that others not in ta chair (or someone close to them) can ever appreciate how important a good chair is.

                          We are 3 years into it, and as the wife of someone in a not good wheelchair, I feel so thrilled to think that we will be getting something soon that works (I hope). I hope your new chair works for you.

                          I totally agree with “I want to use it until I lose it” with a manual. My husband was almost forced to get a power chair, and consequently, has a crap manual that he uses all the time (and not the power chair).

                          I like the "rootbeer" colour. Even if you are not crazy about the wheel colour, it does have a bit of "rootbeer float" feel to it. Kind of fun.

                          All my best. Happy floating....
                          Last edited by elarson; 19 Jun 2012, 7:13 PM.
                          Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by elarson View Post
                            Congratulations @scottc74. I don't think that others not in ta chair (or someone close to them) can ever appreciate how important a good chair is.

                            We are 3 years into it, and as the wife of someone in a not good wheelchair, I feel so thrilled to think that we will be getting something soon that works (I hope). I hope your new chair works for you.

                            I totally agree with “I want to use it until I lose it” with a manual. My husband was almost forced to get a power chair, and consequently, has a crap manual that he uses all the time (and not the power chair).

                            I like the "rootbeer" colour. Even if you are not crazy about the wheel colour, it does have a bit of "rootbeer float" feel to it. Kind of fun.

                            All my best. Happy floating....
                            Good luck to you both in getting a new chair. I actually never thought about a rootbeer float feeling. I too never realized how important a good and well fitting chair makes a difference. I am just happy that I found THIS forum and wish that I read more sooner.

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                              #15
                              Congrats on your chair!! I also had to argue against those who thought a power chair was a better option for me. I also want to be able to "use it until I lose it"! I'm working up towards being MORE active right now, a power chair would have made me less.
                              Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

                              I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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