As soon as we arrived, I took Max out to the back patio to listen to the waves while Steve and Abbey got Max's new beach chair ready. It's called a Mobi Chair, it's a wheelchair that floats. Oxnard beach has beach wheelchairs to check out, but it wouldn't allow for us to get Max in the water, and there wasn't enough support for him to sit unassisted. With the Mobi Chair we are able to recline him enough for him to sit on his own and he's able to get in the water too.
Nearly there!! At this point Max was so excited!!
Steve got him out of the chair to try to rinse him a bit, but I think it caused more sand than got rid of it. He still liked being in the water, but after this we needed to take him back to the house to get cleaned up.
Day two was more of the same...lots of fun and some more sun!
It's hard getting all four of us in a photo when I'm always taking the pictures. But this was one of my attempts.
On our third day to play, we went for an early morning walk along the water. Max was feeling tired this day, and ended up hanging with his nurse while Steve, Abbey and I went with our friends to see some sights before coming back for more time at the beach in the afternoon.
Steve gets best daddy award a hundred times over for all the hard work to ensure we all had this wonderful trip. Especially all the physically demanding work of moving Max around, even with a cracked rib he got the one time he got playing in the water while Max was sleeping.
You might have to zoom in on this one, but just look at those toes! He was always so thrilled to be by the water!
His nurses were able to be with him for all the fun too. This is his nurse Molly, before she departed.
We all had bedrooms to stay in, but Max camped out in the living room. We put his van mattress on the floor and surrounded him by pillows. The house did not have a good seating option for him, so he spent a lot of time on his bed if he wasn't in his wheelchair or sitting with Steve on the couch.
He was happy to have the sea breeze and to listen to the waves all night.
I'll end with videos from our beach days.
I'll end this post of our time at the beach with this video. Steve loves it....it makes my heart jump every time I see it. Again, Max was not in danger and he LOVED it.
Nurse Rachel was there and said, I think at one point he was completely under water. Steve said, no way....then we captured the screen shots.