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.
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Hope you and your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday by everyone being together. We pray for Ryan and hope he is doing well. God Bless You.
Wishing you all a peaceful and uneventful Thanksgiving. I remember I think it was two Thanksgivings ago when Kari gave Ryan a taste of the holiday meal to stimulate his tastes. I think of that sometimes and hope the smells of the holiday bring back good memories to Ryan. Its supposed to be nice weather! God bless the Diviney family and have a wonderful week with Kari home.
I want to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. May you find peace in the day and Ryan continues to heal. There is power in prayer and we’ll continue to pray for Ryan’s healing.
Woohoo! I’m so excited that your insurance is covering that awesome air cushion, and even more excited to see Ryan with a 6-pack soon! Wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving day together <3
Those seat cushions are great. As for the abs. stimulator–before we know it Ryan will be competing in some muscle man contest!
My prayers continue for Ryan and his family. Be Blessed this Thanksgiving.
Ken, you hit the jackpot finding that cushion for Ryan — very awesome!! And insurance even paid for it — yes!! I am fascinated with the abdominal stimulator, and I’m looking forward to seeing your video about it next week.
Meantime, as always please know I have you and your family in my heart. I can’t wait to see the Christmas card Kari designed, she is so creative!! I’m sure it will be beautiful.
Wishing you a beautiful autumn day. We have so many things to be grateful for — not the least of which is the love, concern, care and support we all give to each other. I can’t imagine what our lives would be without it.
Love & prayers continuing — fresh hope blossiming new every morning with every glint of sunlight shining through the clouds
Gail Doyle says
Ken, They both look like they’ll help Ryan a lot…the cushion should make him much more comfortable and hope eliminate rashes! Will be waiting for video of Abdominal Stimulator. Ryan will be so healthy and strong when he wakes up thanks to you all,an amazing family!
Have a good day and a hug for Ryan
Tracey Moore via Facebook says
Awesome good luck xx
These seem like good additions for Ryan’s comfort and work-out. I will be here waiting for the video of the Abdominal Stimulator in action. I hope this blog is read by everyone who has a loved one with TBI or knows someone who does. There is much to learn here. This company has some amazing equipment for restoration — another company on our list to be thankful for.
Have a great day-before-Thanksgiving with your family. And, Ken, if you see a pie or something good sitting around — go for it! Let the festivities begin!
Love and prayers.
Ginger Henry via Facebook says
Awesome….Have a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours….God BLess and sending prayers to Ryan and family
WOW! That new seat looks fantastic. I sure hope it helps and adds comfort to Ryan’s day. Wishing you and your family a peaceful Thanksgiving, The Gallaghers