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The Cushion Saga Concludes Comfortably

Filed under: Living with a disability — by Glenda at 7:41 pm on Monday, June 25, 2007

comfy chair
(Photo credit: Stefanie K)

After eight weeks of hoop-jumping, Darrell finally has a new gel cushion and can minimize the risk of a pressure sore from sitting all day. Luckily, the bureaucrat assigned to review Darrell’s application was new and the occupational therapist (OT) was able to convince him to forgo the “one cushion per butt” policy in favour for the commonsensical “one cushion per chair” approach. Thank goodness for small mercies!

The OT had warned Darrell that his application may not be approved because of the policy and brainstormed other options. Darrell explained that he couldn’t possibly get both chairs beside the bed without levitating, at which point the OT threatened to hang up! He then suggested that Darrell park both wheelchairs beside the couch and sit on a stack of throw pillows while he swapped the cushion. A person with no balance is supposed to sit on a wobbly pile of pillows? Ok. And who is going to pick him when he lands on the floor? The tooth fairy?

It’s not that we prefer relying on the government for such necessities, but these things are so outrageously priced because, as one sales person once revealed to us, “someone has to pay it”; our current situation doesn’t permit us to be the someone. One day! Until that day, Darrell is comfy (well, as comfortable as sitting all day can be).

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8 Comments »

Comment by Karen Putz

June 25, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

I’m glad that worked out!

Comment by Glenda

June 25, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

Thanks Karen. Darrell is glad too! Onto the next battle – or making our first million – whichever comes first!

Comment by Rick Cockrum

June 26, 2007 @ 8:07 am

I often wonder what the bureaucrats are thinking when they design policy. I’m glad you got a newbie so Darrell was able to get the cushion he needs.

Comment by Debbie Havusha

June 26, 2007 @ 8:53 am

We need to get the Tooth Fairy to help us lobby and protest. She’ll (or He’ll) be able to pull some teeth!!!!
Hope that you are comfy Darrell and so sorry to hear about the bureaucratic bogus that you had to persevere in order to obtain your rightful seating!!
Hugs and best wishes to Glenda and Darrell.
Debbie Havusha

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

June 26, 2007 @ 10:17 am

Wooohooo Glenda & Darrell!

Never let adversity stand in your way – keep going guys!

God has a much BIGGER plan for both of you!

Stay in touch!

Comment by Philip

July 7, 2007 @ 8:37 am

Glad everything turned out well!

“one cushion per butt” – whoever thinks of these rules???

Comment by Lisa

July 9, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

Perhaps Darrell could have argued that he has two butt cheeks so he requires two cushions a year!!

Dont fret about relying on assistance – the costs of such things make it too hard for anyone to do on their own.

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