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    Our wheelchair van was stolen

    We finished up our trip to Texas and are now back home. It has been a whirlwind of events trying to get the van and wheelchair well enough so they could make the trip home. There was some obvious damage to the van. We took it to a collision shop, who told us due to it being a wheelchair van...
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    My Wife Kathy is gone

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. Steve
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    Firefighter Stories

    Thanks for posting these stories. I love hearing about interesting experiences folks had pre diagnosis. Steve
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    Silly, but..

    I am glad to hear you have your PWC. I hope and expect that it will benefit you in many ways. It took me a couple of months before I started using my first wheelchair regularly. I will never forget my first trip to a store in it. I thought everyone was looking at me, but it turns out they...
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    We are in San Antonio for Thanksgiving, having a wonderful time. Those following my other thread will know our wheelchair van was stolen with my wheelchair inside. Fortunately, the van and wheelchair were recovered today. You can read the details in my other thread. We are having a wonderful...
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    Our wheelchair van was stolen

    Here is a surprising update. I don't do facebook, but my sister does. She put up a post and there were over 10,000 shares in less than 24 hours. The local news picked it up and then that story spread to many other news outlets. My sister was inundated with responses, one of which was a...
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    Where will you be for Thanksgiving....

    We are in San Antonio, Texas for thanksgiving. Despite the issues with the criminal element here, we are having a great time visiting with lots of family.
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    Our wheelchair van was stolen

    Thank you far all your concerns, compassion, and suggestions. It has been a long day, but we have made some progress. The ALS Association has provided a wheelchair for me to use for the next week. They delivered it to my sister's house and will pick it up at the end of our trip. It is not...
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    Our wheelchair van was stolen

    We are in san antonio, Texas for the thanksgiving holidays. My wife went out to eat late this evening with our great niece. While they were eating, our wheelchair van was stolen. Unfortunately, my permobil f5 wheelchair was in the van! I feel like a beached whale right now. I can walk a...
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    For better or for worse...

    Jim, wishing you the best recovery possible. Looking forward to seeing you fully healed! Steve
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    Permobile F3 power chair

    Stacy, something folks might want to know is how many miles are on the chair. I suspect it has very low miles (like less than 20). If you don't know how, you can find the miles using the joystick module. With the newer rectangular joystick module, press and hold the button in the top left...
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    Permobile F3 power chair

    For those considering this chair, here are some things to consider. If orange is not your color choice, it is pretty easy to change the shroud to a different color. Permobil sells these in a variety of colors which can be purchased from vendors like NuMotion or much more cost effectively off...
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    Breathing issues

    In my experience, the PFT results vary depending on how the patient is feeling, the position they are in, the quality of coaching they receive, and the overall effort they are able to put into the test. It is my opinion that a PFT is good for tracking overall progression of breathing, but that...
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    I have been out of touch for awhile. We spent a month in Yellowstone starting in the middle of September, which really wore me out. We came home and recovered for a week and then headed to the Grand Canyon. Since then I have been recovering. It is surprising just how much those trips took...
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    Questions about BiPAP/Vent

    The new settings for the ventilator are helping out. When using the ventilator for a short time (less than an hour), I have been able to work my way off of it without stopping breathing. However, I still have considerable spasms and cramping in my diaphragm for several hours after...