Not for me, for Paisley.
Yep, the long awaited "push chair" is here. I can't say it was delivered because the medical supply company that took our insurance said our home was "outside their service area" so I agreed to pick up the chair at school.
Now basically it's a larger stroller. It's not meant for her to push herself, it's for us to push her around when a lot of walking is involved, such as a park, the mall, etc.
For any of you with special kiddos who are wondering, here's the skinny---
It's a Convaid EZ14 EZ Rider 900301
Ours came with these accessories (which are "extras" that I didn't pick)--
Headrest extension (although Paisley doesn't really need that, I think it was probably required due to her height)
Anti tippers (so she can't be tipped backwards too far)
It can be ordered with a 5 point restraint if your child has trouble with upper body weakness, Paisley's only has the lap belt.
It's 18 lbs and collapsible like a stroller. It's new, so it's kinda stiff to fold so far, but it folds pretty small.
Paisley is 4 ft 6 and 63 lbs, this works for up to 100 lbs, and I believe 4 ft 9. As she is all the bigger she's gonna get we didn't have to worry about "outgrowing" it. We picked the color, it's teal.
If your child needs something like this your first step is to get their doctor to approve it's needed. Then they send the prescription to a medical supply company (you can call ones in your area to see if they take your insurance) and have the prescription sent there.
The medical supply company should then measure your child to make sure the right size chair is being ordered.
You, the parent can research chairs, what type suits your needs, which is what I did.
And I picked this one for the weight (18 lbs), the ease to take it with us, (folds up easy) and the size of the wheels(ease of movement).
We ended up with an extra step or 2, first we had to have a Physical Therapy consult which just meant we took her to a local PT place and had them say "Yes, she needs this." For the insurance.
Then we started with one medical supply company only to learn they did not take our insurance. And the company they sent us to that did take our insurance wouldn't come to our home. Thus the arrangement to get the chair at her school. Because we needed the chair and have been trying to get it since JUNE.
It's wildly expensive, kinda awful how much it was for all the more there is to it, but probably why we had the steps we did to prove she did, indeed, need it. And she does. It will get used, that's for sure.
It didn't surprise me that it took so long to get it, honestly, because we went through this with our special guy, Tristan. We were trying to get an appropriate car seat and bathing chair when he passed away. It was deeply frustrating to care for a child with needs and not be able to get the equipment for them in any timely fashion.
And obviously that has not changed:(
I'm very thankful we were able to get it, that we now have it, it just makes me sad that parents who have enough to do with caring for a special child has to push and wait and wait and wait to get something to help with that child's daily life.
But today our lives are made easier and Paisley's happy she's got wheels and will be able to "keep up." And we can look forward to summer and planning a few things without the worry of how she will be able to go:)