You would think in this day and age, people would be used to seeing wheelchairs. With so many products out there, from manual chairs to mid-level power chairs to full-on power chairs, yet people still tend to stop and stare when they see one. Sometimes, they even ask questions about our wheelchairs. In my case, I have an Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology. I love it and I use every day. Normally, when I’m in the lowered position and cruising along, I don’t get too many questions about the chair. When I am elevated at iLevel, however, that is what turns people’s heads, especially children.
Getting Questions About iLevel
I was at the circus with some friends. I was elevated at iLevel because it was super hot out and I was tired of being inside the tent. A crowd of people were coming out, as I was elevating my power chair to engage in conversation with someone. A child asked her mother why I was sitting up so high in my wheelchair. So, we took the time to explain to her that my legs didn’t work and we showed her how the chair moved up and down. She was so impressed with the chair, so I kept going and showed her other things and explained to her the other features on the chair and how they worked. It’s times like this that make you appreciate your power chair even more.
Questions About How I Drive My Chair
The second most common question I get asked is how do I drive my power wheelchair. A lot of times, people see me driving with my arms straight down and they kind of scratch their heads as to how it works, especially kids. When a child asks, a lot of times I just tell them that I use my mind. When adults ask me, I explain that my headrest is actually a head array which functions as my left, right, reverse and forward buttons. This still baffles people a lot. I’m very humbled by it and so glad that I have this technology to help me.
I will never get tired of people coming up and asking questions about how the chair works. I love the performance and how it makes me taller with the iLevel feature. I am always grateful for having an iLevel Power Chair.
About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.
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