I wish that I'd found this site earlier this year - hey ho.
A bit about myself, I'm 6,5" and about 148kg - that makes me a tall fat bugger.
I'm new to power chairs.
I got where I am today following surgery to relieve spinal canal stenosis. - No surgery would have meant paraplegia. Surgery could have relieved my symptoms 100% but it didn't, I reckon that I have about 30% recovery - I can walk very short distances unaided, otherwise 50m or so with sticks and then wheel chair, constant pain, ranging from severe aches to crippling pain, don't/can't move stuff which is strange as I have no sensation from the waist down. Also left leg sometimes does it's own thing with no warning, quite interesting when I've no sticks - lumps and bumps all over.
I also now have memory problems - short term is a farce and long term is muddled, some is the result of drugs the rest is probably too many GA's - 7 ops in three years or possibly a bit brain damage following problems with the discharge of cerebral fluid. Whatever I am what I am and I get on the best I can - very grateful that I can walk a little - I have massive admiration for para/quadraplegics.
I've been like this for just over 4 years. No chance of recovery, but slow deteriation.
I decided to get a powerchair afer 3 years of a manual chair, with the resulting damage to shoulders, wrists etc.
I have a Handicare Puma my first powerchair and it has been a revelation but with limitations.
I am seriously interested in building my own chairs but it will have to wait until my finances are sorted and also get my workshop sorted (glorified garden shed really)
That's me, cheers