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In the past 2 years Lilly has sadly slowly out grown our Bob Revolution stroller that we invested in once we knew Lilly had long-term mobility issues. The Bob was our go to equipment for long outings like shopping, going to the Zoo and Emergency room visits.
With help from Lilly’s occupational therapist we where able to select a stroller for her. I had a shopping list going in. The stroller had to be light weight, (I’m not getting any younger,) foot support, large durable tires, (I live in Alberta) and I must be able to change her in it. (Who wants to change their child on the gross public washroom floors?)
Honestly I wish Bob had a line for children with disabilities. The one jogging style stroller we looked at was deeply disappointing.
After a lot of debate between her therapy team and us, we decided to go with the Convaid Cruiser Transit Stroller. We where blessed when The Children’s Ability Fund and The Cerebral Palsy Association Of Alberta funded the stroller. Everything came together last Friday for me to pick it up!!
The stroller wasn’t even an hour old before I put it to the test in Walmart. Okay more like Nana put it to the test because she was pushing it. Nana said it was very easy to push, just like The BoB. The best thing is Lilly didn’t want to get out of it when it was time to leave!
That same night we got to do something as a family that we avoid doing…Going for a family walk. Her wheelchair is great but has issues with things like curbs and her other equipment she has out grown so much that it’s dangerous trying to go over a curb.
The Hubby got to push Lilly in the new stroller and I pushed A-man in The Bob over to Tim Horton for a treat before bed. It was great not having to carry A-man, (my back is very thankful). Having that option now to go for walks as family again is amazing!!
Also having two strollers that can go anywhere allows me to go for walks again. The Nana or one of the respite workers can push Lilly and I can push A-man. (A-man can’t walk 5Ks yet) I’m looking forward to next year and entering some 5k walks with Lilly!
The only disappointment is the Convaid frame does not work with the boogie board attachments for behind strollers. 😦 This saddens me because there are not a lot of options out there for sibling of children with disabilities to attach to the equipment equipments.
Lilly loved the stroller so much that she spent a good portion of Saturday sitting in it and watching cartoons. The only thing that got her out of it was when her respite worker came to play!
The stroller doesn’t just enrich Lilly’s life but the whole families. Since we picked it up on Friday our life has been brighter. Thank-you to The Children’s Ability Fund and Cerebral Palsy Association Of Alberta for making this dream come true!