Jenny was born and raised right outside of Denver, Colorado. While sick with what seemed to be her first bout with a flu bug when she was just 9-months-old, Jenny’s parents noted a sudden and drastic change in her motor skills. She was eventually diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which sometimes results in injury across the spinal cord. Jenny’s spinal cord was impacted at the C4/C5 level. At a very young age Jenny’s parents encouraged her to not let her injury get in the way of her desires. In fact, when Jenny was 2 years old she became the youngest person in the state of Colorado to be approved by her funding source for a power wheelchair.
Posted to on 8/2/2016 10:00:00 AM | 0 comments
Reflecting back on that conversation, I recalled one of the topics the young man was most intrigued by were the three caster housing positions available on the Quickie Q7 series of wheelchairs. In order to provide a thorough overview of the three positions, I asked veteran Sunrise Medical team member and Clinical Rehab Manager, Rob Agostino, to provide some insight.
Posted to on 7/1/2016 2:02:42 PM | 1 comments
While on active duty Kevin was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident in which the vehicle dropped over 140 feet off the side of a mountain after the soldier who was driving failed to negotiate a turn. Kevin sustained an incomplete spinal injury in his cervical spine resulting in quadriplegia. Kevin was a dedicated athlete prior to his injury, so after he retired from the Army he sought out other sports as an outlet. Kevin became a very successful archer, competing in both the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. In fact, Kevin won the United States its first medal in archery at the 2004 games in Athens.
Posted to on 6/14/2016 8:00:45 AM | 0 comments
One of the most frequently asked questions from parents and/or caregivers I have heard throughout my years of working in the world of Assistive Technology in relation to wheelchairs is…“How are we going to transport that thing?” The reality is that in many cases transporting wheeled mobility devices is not easy. Unfortunately, George Jetson’s car that folds up with the push of a button into a lightweight briefcase has not yet been invented, much less a wheelchair that can do the same. Discussing the portability and transport options of a wheelchair and seating system is an integral part of the early stages of the evaluation process.
Posted to on 6/2/2016 4:03:12 PM | 1 comments
One of my favorite aspects of my job is getting the opportunity to meet the individuals who use Sunrise Medical’s products. Last Fall I had the opportunity to spend time with a remarkable 17 year-old young man and his mother while I was working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gabe Adams is very well known in Utah for his dance skills, amazing smile, engaging personality, and unbreakable spirit. During my first conversation with Gabe I quickly learned that he is the perfect mix of contagious positive energy and hysterical sarcasm.
Posted to on 5/11/2016 1:14:44 PM | 1 comments
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.