When I was in college, a show called Pimp my Ride, was really popular. The premise of this show was that teens and twenty-somethings would have their old beater cars transformed into beautiful pieces of machinery. My friends and I have always joked that I should go on the show and have my chair pimped out with spinners, black lights and chrome rims.
That, of course, never happened. But that didn’t mean I gave up on the goal of “pimping” my chair; instead, I modified my vision to be a bit more practical and a bit more purposeful. People are always coming up with new things to add to wheelchairs. Some of them serve a necessary purpose, like an umbrella that attaches to your wheelchair, others are just for fun, like the castors that light up when you roll.
The best thing that I have ever found to “pimp my chair” was actually given to me by a college friend and co-worker, who also happens to use a wheelchair. It is a fold up cup holder that attaches to the frame of my wheelchair. My friend gave it to me because I kept burning myself trying to carry coffee from the kitchen at work, back to my desk. Within five minutes of attaching it to my chair, I knew this cup holder was going to be something that I could never live without. The cup holder attaches in just a few minutes using screws and is adjustable so it can also be attached to a walker, a bed rai1 or any device with circular tubing to attach it to. It comes with a small piece of rubber to keep it from slipping, and the cup size is adjustable so it can carry everything from a can of soda, to a wide mug of coffee or tea. The fold up option is great because it keeps it accessible at all times without being in the way. Additionally, is incredibly durable. I have had it attached to my chair for a year now, and it has survived daily transfers in and out of the car and several accidental crashes.
I use this cup holder every day and it has truly made my life better. I know that may sound silly, but sometimes the smallest change is the one that makes the biggest impact. For the first time in my life I can get a drink at a coffee shop, or any place where the beverages are self-serve, without having to ask the person behind the counter or a stranger next to me for help. I can also take the drink with me, now. I don’t waste money if I am unable to finish it while there. Additionally, I can take water with me on a walk with my dog or husband. Of course the best part is that I no longer have to worry about ruining a pair of pants because I spilled a drink or burning the insides of my thighs with hot beverages.
Have you ever “pimped out” your chair? What add on could you not live without or wish that you had?
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