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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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    Questions about BiPAP/Vent

    Here is some background. My breathing was affected fairly early in my progression. My first PFT showed an FVC of about 60%. That degraded steadily to an FVC of about 30% over a period of several years. The progression slowed down and over the last 2 years has slowly decreased to my current...
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    Wheelchair Ride Yesterday

    Yesterday I had the chance to take the new-to-me Permobil F5 wheelchair on Vail mountain and go for an extended ride. The ride was wonderful. I boarded Gondola One (one of two that run during the summer). I started later than expected because I had a really hard day on Friday so slept in...
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    Wheelchair Ride up the Vail Pass Bike Path

    With all the activity this summer, I have not been able to go on very many wheelchair rides. I was able to go out for a ride yesterday evening part way up Vail pass. The bike path goes near our home and climbs to the top of Vail pass. I often used to ride part way up it on a bicycle after...
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    2019 Spring trip to Yellowstone

    We once again took a spring trip to Yellowstone this year. We went a week later than we typically do so that we would have a greater chance of good weather. Well, the weather was pretty bad for just about the entire trip. We had snow, sleet, hail, rain, thunderstorms, wind, and a very little...
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    New To Me Permobil F5 Wheelchair

    Here is a brief description of the long saga that resulting in my finally getting a used Permobil F5 wheelchair. There have been a few threads about folks looking to sell or buy used wheelchairs. I hope that my experience will be useful to those embarking on this path. In October of 2018 I...
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    Followup on Braun Vangater II Problems

    A little over 3 years ago I started a thread about issues I was having with my Braun Vangater II wheelchair lift and how we (mostly) resolved them. You can find that thread here: Braun Vangater II Stow Problem Resolved. As a review, the lift would stall while doing the "stow" action (that is...
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    Lithium Battery for Magic Mobility X4

    I am not sure where to put this, so will put it here. Mods, please feel free to move this to a more appropriate forum. As some of you probably read in the PALS checkin post, last Sunday we installed a home-built lithium battery pack in my Magic Mobility X4. I will provide some details in this...
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    Skiing at Vail

    Last Wednesday I went out for my first ski day of the season. For those new to my ski adventures, I ski with Vail's adaptive ski program, about which I just cannot say enough good things. I use a biski, which is a contraption with two articulating skis, a suspension system, and a seat for me...
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    Grand Canyon Trip: Fall 2018

    Lori and I had the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon this fall and had a wonderful trip. As I have posted before, the trips are getting harder, so much so that I have considered cancelling each of the last three trips. I am so glad that I have not! The weather was spectacular and I was...
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