I have been doing a lot of researching to try to find the best way of transportation for Reagan. She is able to walk well at our house and at school because she is familiar with the setting and layout, but she needs more assistance in public places. I think it is best that she is pushed around in those places to protect her from falling and hurting herself.
We bought her this stroller when she started school to have for times when she became too tired to walk and to be pushed from the cafeteria to her classroom. However, she is now so comfortable at school that she walks most places and they only use it for about 30 minutes for her to rest mid-way through the morning. I would still love to continue to use this stroller for her because it is so compact and suits her well. But my tall girl has already grown out of it and her legs drag the ground.
Her teacher and physical therapist at school recommended we get a single jogger stroller for her to use at school and in public (something similar to this). The reason being that we want to encourage her to continue to walk as much as possible and a wheelchair would make it easy for her to rely on her to push her too often. That and wheelchairs are much more expensive! My hesitation is that I don't want to buy another stroller (we already have 5 in our shed) that she will outgrow and no longer need in a year. I do not know if it would be more sense financially to invest in a wheelchair now instead of buying a stroller now and then a wheelchair in a year or two.
I found a couple of wheelchairs online that seem to possibly fit Reagan's current needs but would also fit her needs later too. I really like this one by Special Tomato because we could use it to go to school as well as hiking and the mall. Also, it is not quite as expensive as a typical wheelchair.
I am adding this decision to the list of decisions that need to be made but seem too difficult so I will procrastinate for another 6 months until it is absolutely necessary!
Abby's first visit to Boston for the IGF-1 Trial
4 years ago