It usually takes months and months to get equipment for Max. There are just so many channels it has to go through to get approved. Max has outgrown his current wheelchair, and needs one with more support than what he has now.
Enter the Aspen Seat.
We met with our super duper DME guy, TD, in October about getting Max a new wheelchair. Then he set us up with the Aspen clinic to get the process started for Max's new seat to fit in the new wheelchair.
We did the first visit before Christmas, just to evaluate what kind of support Max will need with his seat, and to get the process going on approval from insurance.
Over the holidays, the approvals came in the mail, and last week, I got to set up the first appointment for the fitting of Max's new seat.
Max could not be bothered to wake up on such a cloudy day yesterday, so he snoozed until this came in....
Why, yes that is bright yellow. And yes, Max did choose it. He chose yellow last time, but I thought for sure it was a mistake...he made SURE I knew this time he wanted yellow. So, since it's his set of wheels, he gets to choose. Yellow it is!
It was time for fitting him into the mold for the seat. The guys at Aspen transfered Max, since they knew exactly how they needed him sitting. Max moves SO much when we're holding him, or transferring him, we usually don't have other people move him. But, these guys were pros, and that straight as a board guy you see is absolutely excited!
They positioned him into the seat, and started to press an imprint into the bottom seat part where his bottom and legs will be. It is like super soft floral foam to get a really good imprint of Max's exact body shape.
They got him nice and snug in there. Also, check out the way the guy in the back has Max's arms...so secure, I've never thought of holding him like this, but he was so calm and not flinging his arms around.
Now for the magic...The blue bag on the back of the chair was full of little beads, like a beanbag chair. Steve helped with the air hose and whoosh, it sucked the air out of the bag and made an exact imprint of Max's back!
They shaped support around his trunk to support him on the sides too.
And voila...a boy who can sit up straight.
Next, they will take the mold and make the actual seat for his wheelchair.
We go back two more times for fittings and by the end of this month, Max should have his new ride!
Sitting up big and tall really takes it out of a growing guy. As soon as the fitting was done, he was out!
Maybe he'll be more excited about it next visit!