Sunday, September 16, 2007

Is this really happening?

A person who I cannot thank enough has sold me his used
iBOT. I take delivery of it on Tuesday.

I am extremely lucky to be getting this iBOT. $24,000
(the cost of a new iBOT) is something I could not
swing. Due to not having the opportunity to use his iBOT
much at this point in his life, and wanting to see someone
getting a lot of use of it, he has sold me his iBOT...
at a price I can afford!

As far as I know, there are only about 400 people in the
world with an iBOT. The #1 reason for this is that
not a whole lot of people can afford to buy one.
Most insurance companies will not pay for one. Medicare
says it's a "luxury", and other insurance companies
follow what Medicare does. The iBOT is an amazing,
life changing chair. It sickens me that the only thing
standing between the chair and people who would benefit
greatly from using it is money.

The opportunity to purchase one used is very rare.
The one I am getting is only the second used one
to be sold. The other one was sold a few months
ago. It was sold on eBay. The reason that one was
sold was because the iBOT user died. (The iBOT was
not the cause of death!)

So like I said, I am feeling extremely lucky to be
getting this iBOT. It kind of feels like I'm about
to give birth! My gestation period has lasted
about 8 years. : D

I'm feeling rather anxious. I've wanted this
chair for such a long time and now I am only
days away from getting it. I'm trying to not
get too excited because I don't actually have
it. I haven't even seen it yet. I totally
trust the man who sold it to me sent it in
working condition, but I hope that it didn't
get broken in shipment. Please send good
vibes my way!


Amy G said...

Wheee! I cannot wait to read about your first adventures with the iBot! Make Gillian take lots of pictures! I am so excited for you--congratulations!

Dave R said...

Congratulations. I hope you find it fits you alright and that it makes life easier.

Wheelchair Revolution! said...

Thanks Amy and Dave! I'm kind of in a state of shock. It's hard to believe that this is happening. I just hope that it doesn't turn out to be a disappointment. I mean, it does have it's limitations.

Amy, I'm hoping to go to the beach this weekend with it. My little point and shoot camera has video capabilities, so I'll have G video it and then put it here (if I can figure out how to do that!)