Within the past few days two products arrived that we are really excited about having for Ryan. The first is the Aquilla Wheelchair Cushion that I wrote about last month. The second is an abdominal muscle stimulator.
I suppose most know by now that Ryan spends most of his day out-of-bed. He is in bed no more than anyone else. Much of this time he is up is with him in his wheelchair doing all kinds of therapies. This was making it extremely difficult to keep his skin healthy on his bottom. We were constantly fighting rashes. I had to find a solution so began researching alternatives.
What I found and ordered is a multi air-bladder cushion that shifts his weight while sitting. I have it set to cycle through a sequence, with an adjustment happening every three minutes. It’s easy to use too! Just charge it overnight and hit the power button when I put him in the chair.
The cushion also provides airflow between the bladders that keeps him dry. It’s a wonderful addition to his care and comfort. We were happy to hear that our insurance paid for it.
Just last night I added another therapy into Ryan’s routine that works his core muscles. This is from the same company, Restorative Therapies, that manufactures the RT-300 Therapy Cycle that uses electrical stimulation to work the muscles in Ryan’s arms and legs as he peddles.
Actually, it’s not just limited to the abs (if we want). What I like about it is it can be used either in conjunction with the leg and/or arm therapy or independently. You can see what I mean by clicking here. I’ll post a video showing how it works next week.
I’m thinking that for the first month or so I’ll just focus on his abdominal muscles. Perhaps about the time we ring in the new year I’ll begin experimenting with other configurations. Which reminds me…
We are sending out cards this holiday season. We started this last year, but quickly realized we didn’t have addresses for everyone; like those who donated through PayPal or the Wish List. You know what? Would you please fill out the form below… just to be safe?
I know how humble everyone is, but if you didn’t get a card last year or helped Ryan through online contributions, would you please email your address to me? It would mean a lot to me and my family to send you a card. I know it’s not much compared to all you did, but it’s something we really want to do. My daughter, Kari, designed it and we’re excited to do this.
Just click fill out the simple form below and click the sign-up button.[pdb_signup]