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  1. #61
    Blue is right, some have screws for adjsuting others have buttons.

  2. #62
    OK, crying over. Only lasted a sec before I decided to just take apart the seatback myself.

    Yep you are right, it is at it's lowest point. It is now hitting me right below my shoulder blades. Where 'should' it hit me for future reference?

    When I put it back together I ever so slightly loosened the top strip of velcro, just a millimeter and it is already more comfortable. So that is good. My body has NEVER wanted to sit in proper posture, darn thing.

    Just as a possibility... does anyone know if I could take off the collapsable push handles and cut the pipe down from there and then re-attach the push handles? I have a machine shop right next to our winery that could do stuff like that for me. They could re-drill holes and all that. As long as they are not threaded holes.

    Actually now that I am thinking about it. The bottom of the pipe actually had a shiny metal cap in it that I 'thought had the threads...? Darn it, why didn't I pay attention.

    I also wonder if the machine shop would be able to get those stuck screws out for me so I can fix the cog? Still have to get a spacer before I take anything out.

    Seriously, thank you thank you thank you for putting up with me. You guys are amazingly supportive. Possibly the MOST supportive people on the planet. I mean that. You could have easily dismissed me and you didn't you have gone above and beyond. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    I will try calling Tilite and see if they have any suggestions for me....

  3. #63
    If you lived around me, I'd happily help ya. Perhaps you can find some of us that happen to be in your area. Many of us will gladly help out anyone who asks. I'm sure there are many (like me) who are very mechanical and/or wrenched on their chairs plenty of times who can help you decipher the puzzle.

    Give Ti-lite a call. You might be surprised. They might even send a rep out to help you set it up at no cost (maybe). They do a lot of this stuff just to earn your possible business in the future. And/if he does think your chair is badly measured for you, he might give you a loaner just to show you the difference for a bit.

    You do not have to have an accident to get a wheelchair prescription. I never did. I just kept getting worse and worse. My hands/feet/legs burning literally and dizzy spells. I first got the disabled parking placard and used a cane for a bit. Then two canes. Then stopped going out accept for doctors and hospitals. Then finally got the prescription for the chair and my first demo unit and the world re-opened to me. It took almost a year to figure out the exact measurements I wanted and demo a few different units but... Time well spent.

    All I did was mention to my neurologist that when I was at the Mayo, I used a chair and it helped a ton, if that should be something I'd consider now? And that was it, he wrote the prescription. His only question was did I want power or manual. (I wanted manual for as long as I have the strength to move it. God knows I need the exercise...).

    But even if you're on medicare/medicaid/or state insurance, they should cover part, if not all, of your chair. You might be limited to specific types (only aluminum, no titanium, for example) or specific codes for the chairs in order to qualify, but that's easy to find out and really not a problem either way. And ya, if you go to the wrong doctors, it will cost ya. My insurance pays for everything... Accept the Mayo... Which was a $25k 'oops' after the fact... Really pissed me off but... what can I do now?!?... They tricked us and we fell for it. (long story). And to poor salt on the wound, they NOW do cover the Mayo... @#$%*&^!!!

    But find a neurologists in your network and/or get the proper referials to them and they should be covered under your plan as 'specialists'. If you know the name of your insurance and the plan you have, I'm sure someone here can help you decipher it all out also. It's a real PITA but... something you'll need to know going forward. And as I've learned, can be really expensive if you muck it up. But extremely convenient and beneficial if you get it right. But if you know your plan and what not, we can look up what is/isn't covered. Who knows, your bran-new chair might be just waiting for you to pick it out!?!

  4. #64
    Quote Originally Posted by Oli View Post
    Yep you are right, it is at it's lowest point. It is now hitting me right below my shoulder blades. Where 'should' it hit me for future reference?
    That all depends on personal preference. I like it just above my fat handles and below my shoulder blades. Just above the small of my back. Para's often need taller backs however which is probably where your chair came from originally. To change that, you might have to buy a new back for the chair. Call ti-light to see if they sell shorter backs still for that chair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oli View Post
    When I put it back together I ever so slightly loosened the top strip of velcro, just a millimeter and it is already more comfortable. So that is good. My body has NEVER wanted to sit in proper posture, darn thing.

    Just as a possibility... does anyone know if I could take off the collapsable push handles and cut the pipe down from there and then re-attach the push handles? I have a machine shop right next to our winery that could do stuff like that for me. They could re-drill holes and all that. As long as they are not threaded holes.
    Actually, threading the holes are simple for a machine shop. I'm sure they have tap and die sets at their disposal. Still, I'd probably cut it down from the bottom. Much simpler.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oli View Post
    Actually now that I am thinking about it. The bottom of the pipe actually had a shiny metal cap in it that I 'thought had the threads...? Darn it, why didn't I pay attention.

    I also wonder if the machine shop would be able to get those stuck screws out for me so I can fix the cog? Still have to get a spacer before I take anything out.
    You could get them out yourself if you just had the right tools. Then just replace the screws afterwards with new ones. It's just all about know-how and having the necessary tools. But yes, they might have the tools. So may automotive shops that often deal with stuck bolts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oli View Post
    Seriously, thank you thank you thank you for putting up with me. You guys are amazingly supportive. Possibly the MOST supportive people on the planet. I mean that. You could have easily dismissed me and you didn't you have gone above and beyond. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    I will try calling Tilite and see if they have any suggestions for me....

  5. #65
    zra manual:
    http://www.tilite.com/assets/pdf/RIG...S_Z_Series.pdf

    backrest. the website says the highest for the zra is 16"-20":
    http://estore.tilite.com/ecommerce/P...9-08/3-8.2.pdf

    did you say you have collapsible push handles? like these?
    http://estore.tilite.com/ecommerce/P...-9-08/3-17.pdf
    those handles are attached to a slightly thinner tube that bolts inside your backrest tubes. if you want to trim them down, it shouldnt be too hard to relocate the bolt-hole. just unbolt it and slide the assembly out before trimming!

  6. #66
    Hi Oli-You need to find a good Pain Management Dr. to give you some pain meds so you can walk. I've used a walker with a seat and was able to rest in between walking but I wouldn't be able to walk like you if I didn't have adequate pain medications. I have Degenerative Disc Disease with nerve impinging and a numb leg and foot. A wheelchair is good for getting around but I hope you find a Dr. to help with your pain levels. Have you tried aquatherapy with a Physiotherapist? Just to keep your muscles strong and not atrophy if you're in a wheelchair. Take care. Cheryl
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  7. #67
    Well, yeah, I see that I will probably have to deal with my Dr. phobia. Not that they have ever been able to do anything for me before but...

    I am also EXTREMELY med sensitive and if I take anything I either have a bad reaction to it or it knocks me basically unconscious. Either that or it doesn't work at all. Not really ideal...

    I just spoke to the TiLite guy. At first he was very nice in telling me I was shit out of luck. Then as we continued talking he started to soften and really gave me some more good advice. He is going to help me get a 'washer' that needs to go between the seatback bracket and the frame once I move the COG.

    He gave me a little advice about how to loosen the bolts on the toe clamps but I am kinda on my own with that.

    Then he told me that all the little holes that lower the seat are actually meant to be sawed off if you can't get low enough and some of them are in the way. That is amazing and will definitely help me get down between my wheels better. He said it would help my pushing (just like you guys did).

    That means that my COG problem can be solved in a week or so. I have to wait a bit but that is fine. My pinched nerve is going to keep me in bed for that long anyway.

    My seatback height is still an issue. He said it would cost a couple hundred bucks to lower the height by buying a new 'h' frame. So that isn't going to happen. I will wait it out a bit and see how I feel with the new cog and then deal with the seatback later, probably by going to the machine shop and seeing what they can do.

    The interesting thing was the guy said my chair was almost brand new and that it was ......$6,0000...... Holy crap!

    I guess I HAVE to make this work... And I have a little bit of hope again. It just might take a week or so.

    Now I have to order my arm rest bolt because that alleviates a lot of my pain, being able to rest my elbows on them.

    I also am not having as much trouble with the angle of the seatback today. It might have been the driving that caused me to be in so much pain, not the chair adjustment. It might take me a while to get used to it still but I think it will be good.

    Now I just have to heal my ouchy nerve and wait it out a bit.

    Thanks so much everyone...

  8. #68
    Good for you. I would take it next door and show them what you want done. Since they have the equip. they could cut your back posts down and drill several holes so you have some distance to play with. They could probably make a spacer or just use a washer til it arrives. It's purpose is just to take up space between the back to the frame'

    Your chair does look really new and has a lot of add on's that cost some good bucks. You did a great job getting that chair.

    Hope you get better girl. Pinched nerves hurt like heck. I think we're all pretty impressed by how you handled this whole process. I hope you mentioned that you were on CareCure getting directions. They have been on here and helped quite a few with problems their customer relations dept. said couldn't,would'nt be done.

  9. #69
    Right now my pinched nerve is about to kill me so I have given up on doing anything. I just took a tylenol with codeine and will soon be zombied to sleepiness.

    I can't do a darn thing with the chair until this nerve gets unpinched but once it is better I bet I will have the little washer and I will take the whole chair to the machine shop friends and get to work on it!

    I did mention to the guy at TiLite (can't remember his name now) that you guys were helping me. Once I started 'talking the talk' that you guys taught me here he softened and really started helping me. That was super cool.

    I love my chair and can't wait to get it dialed in 'just' right.

    Thanks everyone. And thank for the compliments. Off to zombie land....

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