For Ryan’s comfort and the prevention of skin breakdown (i.e., pressure sores) we made the decision to get a top-of-the-line wheelchair seat cushion. The problem was, we couldn’t afford it until we paid of the FES-300 Cycle. This would make us wait for some time. Like everything, we send it to insurance and cross our fingers to see if they approve it. We’ve been holding out for a couple of months waiting for their response. There’s no doubt, he needs it for both his comfort and health.
I just received a call that the approval went through!
This is wonderful for Ryan because he spends the greatest amount of the day in his wheelchair… and not just sitting there. He is almost always in motion, be it the FES Cycle, ActiveCYCLE, stretching, or other therapies. It takes a toll of his rear-end. We constantly battle rashes and skin breakdown. It’s an endless task, until we get this cushion (I hope).
Wheelchair-bound people like Ryan are not able to make those small, but frequent, positional changes that relieve pressure. You and I do it without even thinking. So, we do this for Ryan by never allowing him in a stationary position for more than thirty minutes. Beyond this, air flow is restricted and the skin can’t breath and evaporate moisture.
In the picture below of his forthcoming cushion (with the cover removed), it shows the mechanical and electrical layout. In the simplest of explanations, the battery-powered control panel (black box) is programmed to inflate and deflate the sixteen individual bladders to simulate seating adjustment a normal person would unconsciously make. A constant flow of air permeates between the bladders, keeping his skin dry.
You know, it just occurred to me what a sad life I’m living where I get excited about a wheelchair cushion. I often must reframe my excitement.. in this case that I have done my best to bring comfort to Ryan. It’s hopefully the same feeling you get when you help my boy.
Looks great! Hopefully this will give Ryan relief. Thank goodness the insurane company saw how necessary this cushion is for Ryan.
Jennifer Moore Lovelace via Facebook says
Only the best for our beautiful Ryan! Best Dad, Mom, Sister, Pups and equipment! Those that help care for him and keep him relevant are pretty darn special too!
I am very thankful to God that this cushion was approved through the insurance company. Look forward to see the rash disappear.
I am amazed at how much technology has improved over the years! You see, my favorite cousin, Mike, he broke his neck as a result from pool diving accident when he was around 21. He could not move at all from the neck down.
At 34, he died from the bed sores, the infection really got to him at that time. I really do miss him very much.
Seeing this avaiable to Ryan really lifts my heart!! It will make him more comfortable!
Ginger Henry via Facebook says
So happy for Ryan…..
Gail Doyle says
Ken, One more really good thing to help Ryan feel better.And believe me ,we all get as excited as you when we know Ryan will be more comfortable.
Always here wanting the best for Ryan .A good day for all .Hugs to you Ryan
Cheryl Shields Askew via Facebook says
Well I must say I’m glad that technology keeps moving forward and that you found this cushion for Ryan. Still wiping the tears from my eyes in seeing what he goes through. You know I pray for him all the time and his strength just amazes me. I love that boy too and would be doing exactly what you all are doing if he was my son…. One day I hope to hug him to pieces…. :, )
Patti Carroll Bottcher via Facebook says
I have to say I am pretty excited too – that is cool!
Leah Cohen via Facebook says
Leah Cohen says
Yay thank you Lord for approving this awesome cushion for Ryan. Great job Dad & don’t feel silly about getting excited over a wheelchair cushion … you’d laugh at what I get excited about in my home with my sweet brain injured son!! WINK WINK!!! 😉
Rita Caporicci Hoop via Facebook says
Praise God! We’re all excited to hear this good news for Ryan and your family too.
Julie Bragg says
Praise the Lord for the approval of this equipment. I am a nurse and understand all to well about pressure ulcers/sores. I hope this helps prevent further skin breakdowns for Ryan. As always, my thought and prayers are with you and your family.
Great news for Ryan and nicely done, Dad!
Hi Ken, well you nailed it — the same joy you feel in ensuring Ryan is as comfortable as possible, is the same fulfillment we get when we are able to help him (and your family) in some way. It’s called love, and it’s the only thing that outlasts and overcomes all else.
I didn’t get to comment yesterday, so many situations arising, but from reading your blog and dealing with other life circumstances, I realize more than ever that when all else fails, love can save the day.
Just like you, Sue, Kari and Ryan have shown us time and time again.
Wishing you and Ryan a peaceful day full of autumn sunshine and warm breezes.
Love & hugs, prayers abiding, peace and always hope