So we finally got the company rep back out to position the attendant (i.e. MY) joystick control to the front of the chair so that Malachi can use it. This led to this outing which is pretty much the first time he is in full control of his chair. He thought it was hilarious to be able to go backwards and spin in circles — something he's never been able to do by himself before.
IMG 8287 from Shasta Kearns Moore on Vimeo.
Here's hoping we can get the company rep to get back to us on switching out the head control set for a real joystick. You would think it would be easy since they are more common and cheaper, but we've already been waiting two weeks with no response. In the meantime, if anyone out there in cyberspace wants to trade theirs, let me know! You would sure make this little guy's day:
Backwards! Circles! from Shasta Kearns Moore on Vimeo.
P.S. The MSRP on this bad boy — a Permobile m300 with lift and tilt — is more than $48,000!!!! Now, that's an imaginary number because nobody actually pays that — insurance companies negotiate it down, then we're stuck with the co-pay, etc. But when somebody hands you a bill with that number on it, you take notice! That's several times more expensive than my car! And I'm letting a three-year-old with questionable depth perception skills drive it! Good thing it comes with a parental "kill" switch!