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    #16
    Originally posted by michtif
    Thanks everyone for all these good ideas. I am going to call WW tomorrow and ask if they have one or maybe can buy one. As far as the H on my scale, my wheels are so messed up on my chair that they go in and out. When they go out too far, I lean over and ask someone to help me push them back in. It's very easy for this to happen. Currently I am waiting for a new chair, but medicaid in florida, is absolutely horrible. Searching for any kind of specialist in anything in rediculous. The medicaid here though is a whole other issue that really angers me to even speak of. So I will be waiting one my chair for a long while. Miami is sort of close, but I don't have a car. I bought a scale on amazon, I am still awaiting the arrival. Maybe I will try and build something onto it, even if it's just a board that I can sit on, on the floor. Does this H board work on smaller scales? I will for sure give you guys and update, thanks, Tiff
    Hi Tiff,

    Are your wheels coming out too far because the "quick release axels" aren't staying in place? You know, the type of axels where you push the button in the center of the axel so they'll release and you can pull them off the chair?

    If that's the case you definitely and ASAP need to re-adjust the nut on the axel before it falls off and you hit the ground! On a Quickie it's only a matter of wrapping the axel in a piece of cloth (so you don't scratch or gouge it) and with a pair of pliers or vice-grips, hold it tightly and back the nut out just a tad using a wrench or another pair of pliers or vice-grips. Keep adjusting it very slowly until the little ball on the end off the axel fully emerges from its hole so that it will hold the axel in place, keeping the wheel from falling off. You want it so there's not any "slop" in the axel but it's better to have a little slop in it than not have the little ball fully extended out so that it can safely and reliably hold your wheel in place.

    I once had mine adjusted too tightly (probably like yours???) and when I got outta bed one morning and into the chair my hand pushed the axel thus the wheel right off the chair and onto the floor I tumbled. Not a way one wants to start their day!

    That nut can be hard to turn since you need to get a very tight grip on the greasy axel without scratching or gouging it but you'll probably only need to give the nut a 1/4 turn or whatever... trial and error until you get it right. You have a serious accident waiting to happen there! I do most of my wheelchair maintenance while in bed (greasy sheets of the wrong kind!) but you may want to have a friend or any handy person, mechanic or DME do it for you. Who could say "no" to a pretty person like you?

    You'll have to wait until you get the scale before designing and building a ramp that you can place on top of it. It'll be like a little "teeter-totter" that you'll wheel up on until you balance yourself and wheelchair on the scale.... then you should be able to wheel right off the other end. A scale is only 2 or 3 inches in height so it shouldn't be anything to fear either going up it, down it or even falling off the side of it... but you need to get your axels adjusted properly or you can get seriously hurt.

    I haven't been weighed since 1981 when I went down to the Lucerne Spinal Injury Center in Orlando (I thought my Harrington Rods came loose... only a pulled muscle) and weighed in at 189 lbs. I used to be 6' 1". I have no idea how much I weigh now but losing 20 lbs. would be welcomed. I went from drinking a 12 pack every other day (1800 - 2000 calories) to just twice a month so you'd think the fat would just melt off of me. Not so but I am losing some weight. I guess I'll need to excercise a bit to help things along. Drat.

    Best of luck with Medicaid. Medicare isn't a picnic either especially in times of ever-increasing federal budget deficit spending.... 2 billion a week in Iraq.

    Good luck Tiff... and hey, our favorite holiday is just next month. Green beer!

    Bob.
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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      #17
      Hi Tiff,

      Are your wheels coming out too far because the "quick release axels" aren't staying in place? You know, the type of axels where you push the button in the center of the axel so they'll release and you can pull them off the chair?

      If that's the case you definitely and ASAP need to re-adjust the nut on the axel before it falls off and you hit the ground! On a Quickie it's only a matter of wrapping the axel in a piece of cloth (so you don't scratch or gouge it) and with a pair of pliers or vice-grips, hold it tightly and back the nut out just a tad using a wrench or another pair of pliers or vice-grips. Keep adjusting it very slowly until the little ball on the end off the axel fully emerges from its hole so that it will hold the axel in place, keeping the wheel from falling off. You want it so there's not any "slop" in the axel but it's better to have a little slop in it than not have the little ball fully extended out so that it can safely and reliably hold your wheel in place.
      Yes, I am not worried about the nut, thats tightened already. It's inside the tube thats the problem. Inside, it doesn't stay in place. One wheel is actually stuck on, I can no longer pull it off. Getting in a car is a major pain. I need a new chair bad. This one is all banged up, missing parts, etc. medicaid just rejected the chair that I wanted, so now, I have to somehow find a chair that they will approve and wait another 2-3 months. It really stinks. Plus, the wheels are really hard to move. It's so hard tp push it. It makes me so frustrated dealing with all these chair problems. Than medicaid. It's terrible.

      I once had mine adjusted too tightly (probably like yours???) and when I got outta bed one morning and into the chair my hand pushed the axel thus the wheel right off the chair and onto the floor I tumbled. Not a way one wants to start their day!
      It won't come off, I'm sure of it. It just won't stay in place. It has been like this for a while now.

      That nut can be hard to turn since you need to get a very tight grip on the greasy axel without scratching or gouging it but you'll probably only need to give the nut a 1/4 turn or whatever... trial and error until you get it right. You have a serious accident waiting to happen there! I do most of my wheelchair maintenance while in bed (greasy sheets of the wrong kind!) but you may want to have a friend or any handy person, mechanic or DME do it for you. Who could say "no" to a pretty person like you?
      I am trying to have the guy come over here, or send someone. Still waiting. I am gonna call today and see if I can put some fire under him.

      You'll have to wait until you get the scale before designing and building a ramp that you can place on top of it. It'll be like a little "teeter-totter" that you'll wheel up on until you balance yourself and wheelchair on the scale.... then you should be able to wheel right off the other end. A scale is only 2 or 3 inches in height so it shouldn't be anything to fear either going up it, down it or even falling off the side of it... but you need to get your axels adjusted properly or you can get seriously hurt.
      Awesome, i will pm you for details when I get it. Is that alright?

      I haven't been weighed since 1981 when I went down to the Lucerne Spinal Injury Center in Orlando (I thought my Harrington Rods came loose... only a pulled muscle) and weighed in at 189 lbs. I used to be 6' 1". I have no idea how much I weigh now but losing 20 lbs. would be welcomed. I went from drinking a 12 pack every other day (1800 - 2000 calories) to just twice a month so you'd think the fat would just melt off of me. Not so but I am losing some weight. I guess I'll need to excercise a bit to help things along. Drat.
      Yup, same as I. Getting the weight off post- injury, I have learned in so much harder then it used to be. After my accident, I dropped alot of weight, now I am putting them on and having trouble losing. I am hopeful that WW will do the trick. It's only my second day.

      Best of luck with Medicaid. Medicare isn't a picnic either especially in times of ever-increasing federal budget deficit spending.... 2 billion a week in Iraq.

      Good luck Tiff... and hey, our favorite holiday is just next month. Green beer!


      I despise medicaid. The guy who is dealing with my wheelchair order, had a girl die before getting one. They kept denying saying there wasn't a medical necessity, it's a load of crap.

      Thanks Bob, Tiff
      "Everyone learns faster on fire".

      "First she spoke with a voice, then she spoke with her own".

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        #18
        Originally posted by 30something
        Hi Tiff,

        Here is what we do: We got one of these scales: http://www.scale-it.com/utility.htm

        We attached it to a cheap bath stool: http://www.amazon.com/Carex-Health-B.../dp/B000AEGCUI You can probably get a cheaper one at Wal Mart or use a regular chair.

        We then used velcro to attach an old jay cushion to the top of the scale. This scale is great not only because the 'reader' is attached by a cord on the floor below that you can read but because you can zero out the weight after adding the cushion on top.\

        I (a 6/7 quad with no balance below the chest) can transfer onto the seat scale and weigh. I have my standing glider on one side and my chair on the other to add security. my legs hang but it is accurate as my husband and kids sit and weigh and they are the same weight as when they stand on it.
        You can modify this depending on your needs. You may not need the cushion if you have more balance, etc.

        Look at the pics below. If you need more specs, I'll be happy to send them to you!

        Edited to add: in the last pic, my feet look like they are touching the floor but they are not. If you are taller than me (the rest of the world is!) you'll need to make your chair that the scales sit on higher.
        That's awesome. I wish I had one of those. Unnfortunately, I will have to save up some to get that. If this scale I am getting doesn't work, that looks really great, I will get that one. What model is that one specifically? It is cool, Tiff
        "Everyone learns faster on fire".

        "First she spoke with a voice, then she spoke with her own".

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          #19
          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
          Knowing how Weight Watchers works, I would put this back onto them. If they are going to take your money, and put you into their program, they should provide a wheelchair scale as a reasonable accomodation. There are portable ones that they could take from meeting site to meeting site if needed. Push for that. Without it, you are not going to get equal services for your money...it could be an ADA issue.

          (KLD)
          I called them and they said that since I am doing it online, I cannot use their facilities to weight myself, even if. So much for that. Thanks, Tiff
          "Everyone learns faster on fire".

          "First she spoke with a voice, then she spoke with her own".

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            #20
            Check out your local rehab center or hospital then. Many have wheelchair scales. We have lots of people in chairs (both our patients and those who are not) who come in to use our scales on a regular basis.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #21
              if you have a ceiling lift like I do you can hang a scale for weighing meat from it, then attach the lift to it.
              Good luck with WW, I lost 8 lbs in 3 weeks before getting pregnant. On the Core plan.
              Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                #22
                This may sound really weird (but I am good at having weird ideas), but go to a local vet hospital, and they have scales that are for big dogs that you could roll onto - either unassisted or with a small push. Then if you can get the weight of your chair, you can track yourself. Or, just track yourself in your chair, its the downward trend that is impt, not the absolute weight. Call me crazy ... but just an idea after I just got home form the vet with our service dog and used such a scale.
                Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by zillazangel
                  This may sound really weird (but I am good at having weird ideas), but go to a local vet hospital, and they have scales that are for big dogs that you could roll onto - either unassisted or with a small push. Then if you can get the weight of your chair, you can track yourself. Or, just track yourself in your chair, its the downward trend that is impt, not the absolute weight. Call me crazy ... but just an idea after I just got home form the vet with our service dog and used such a scale.
                  Not so crazy. I always weighed myself on the same platform scales we used for the dolphins and sea lions where I worked.
                  Foolish

                  "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                  "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

                  "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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                    #24
                    Think of a place nearby that would weigh heavy things. A distribution warehouse, shipping/receiving clerk, produce warehouse, etc... I found a local meat packer who has a certified roll-on scale to weigh carts before they go onto the trucks. The scales are outside on the loading dock so I can run by after hours and on weekends. The owner was more than happy to let me use them.

                    On the other hand, I struck out with places like Shands teaching hospital and Vista Rehab. The only type they have are the sling type and there is a liablity issue with me transfering in and out of my chair into the sling.
                    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WATER AND FIBER

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                      #25
                      weight watchers scale

                      The weight watchers meeting I go to is at one of their main offices in Austin, and they have a wheelchair scale at the office. They may also have modifications and tips for folks in wheelchairs.
                      "What need have you to fear the monstrous crying of the wind?"

                      Kitty

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by michtif
                        Ok, I joined weight watchers online. Here's the problem. In order to do this, I need a scale. To see what my progress is. I doubt the centers have one. Many of the hospitals I've been in as well don't have one. Any advice? I have no idea how much I weigh, on the site I took a guess, which I know is dumb... Any answers on how to go about this would be great, Thanks, Tiff
                        I joined WW a while ago. If you contact their site they can have a scale sent to the location you would go if you were to join. They are probably the most accomodating organization I have ever come across.

                        Jennifer

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                          #27
                          Tiff

                          Find a cute guy and have him pick you up and weigh you both. Then have him get on the scale and weigh himself and subtract the difference. If you are worried about said cute guy seeing your weight he probably won't be able to see anyway or ask him not to look.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                            Knowing how Weight Watchers works, I would put this back onto them. If they are going to take your money, and put you into their program, they should provide a wheelchair scale as a reasonable accomodation. There are portable ones that they could take from meeting site to meeting site if needed. Push for that. Without it, you are not going to get equal services for your money...it could be an ADA issue.

                            (KLD)
                            that crossed my mind, that it was a ada issue, but because they have weight watcher stores you go to. I think some malls have weight watchers stores too, or at least they do in pennsylvania. I didnt know the meetings moved around.

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