This week we are doing a trial with a Quickie Kid Kart push chair. It is a special needs stroller that provides a lot more support than a typical stroller. More importantly, it has bus tie-down ability for the Fall when Roa rides to school. Last week we tried the Ottobock, and were not happy with it's overkill support and large size. This Quickie is average size, as special needs strollers go and has head support and trunk laterals that work well for Roa. We struggle with the idea of purchasing on of these push chairs for many reasons. one, it is hard to enter this world of "wheelchair" contraptions when you wish so desparately hard that Roa will walk. Two, it is not exactly a "therapy chair", as the description implies. There is no work when strapped and belted and fully supported. Three, we don't want smart little Rojo to figure out that this is easy....just push me around. And lastly, silly as this sounds, the new push chair idea will be the complete and utter Cerebral Palsy red flag. As I used it yesterday, going into Functional Kids for therapy, I was very conscience of the looks we got from others. We no longer can disguise the lack of motor control with a regular stroller. This chair screams...yep. I have CP.
Silly. I know. The kid walks with a gait trainer, wears AFOs...it's one more thing. But just another step in the grief cycle. And one more thing to add to the costly list while traveling through CPland.
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