We were allowed to spend what is left in our medical reimbursement account *today,* all funds through the end of the year, not just through March. So I had a shopping spree of over $2000 in one afternoon and evening. I'm feeling a little giddy. I took the kids to the pediatrician this morning and had fun at the podiatrist this afternoon (nail removal) and did this wild amount of shopping between appointments and after.
Please understand that I am normally indecisive and think long and hard about what I want, trying to decide optimally between items and to get something that will be well used and is lasting quality while also maximizing coupons and discount codes (which I also did here). This kind of rapid decision making really is dizzying for me.
I bought the Tilt in Space for the scooter (under manufacturer price), a $600 Supracor wheelchair cushion for $400 that can be exchanged for other cushions/medical equipment if it's not what I need, a clear (left-handed) foldaway desk for the scooter, a cupholder that will fit my armrest, a side ziptop bag for the armrest (I like the pretty ones but am glad to get this one) and a cover for the electronic tiller for when it rains. Also, a boatload of contact lens solution and over-the-counter medicines we use. It got difficult after getting the Tilt in Space, cushion, desk (these three very much wanted) and medicines to decide among accessories, but I think I did well.
I felt a little stressed from the fast researching and price shopping and trying to get the best for our money, but thank God for this. I'd probably never have bought the Tilt-in-Space or the wheelchair cushion otherwise--I could never justify the expense. But they may allow me to sit up a lot longer with a lot less pain in the scooter. :)
By the way, the police in the mid-size city where we shop and the kids go to school have no authority with disability parking. They have been instructed not to issue tickets unless they can find the driver--because they'll be thrown out of court. Not so with the nearby large metropolitan area, which will issue warrants if the tickets aren't paid. Frustrating for officers too!
Our latest parking violator: the strings teacher, across an access aisle and disability place. Her friend the children's choir director can barely walk from arthritis, uses a cane, and sits to teach. There are a lot of frequent violators.
So I'm blogging again. Just don't worry if I don't for a while or it's sporadic. Just lots to take care of.