I really like the Lively! She’s brilliant! But, through my own ignorance I hamstrung her capabilities. But I think we are more in tune now!
I love manual transmission cars, and I wanted the Lively to have that same flair, so I ordered a replica Lamborghini knob, then had a second one made, one wood, one aluminum. And they are gorgeous and I want to have them on my sports cars and if it fits anyone’s car I’ll give it to you! I regret nothing, as it feels great on the EV and the permobil. And looks awesome too!
But what I didn’t take into account was my ALS. You know, the reason I am in a chair? I am finding it harder to move my arms, and the shift knob requires more gross motor movement.
So, this week I switched back to the old boring plastic knob and I hang my head in shame…
Or DO I?!?!
You see, I went on the Internet, and I found this! The custom wheelchair world is divided into two big realms, the outdoors and the do everything. If you go the outdoors route, you will probably get a TankChair or something similar, with treads, and it won’t really fit in the house. If you go with do everything, you will probably be modifying a chair you already have, and if you are serious about it, you will probably come to find Wheelchairdriver.com. I did! But in the forums I saw this guy Will who was building his own, and had a company that made joystick knobs!
So a few emails back and forth and I have a NEW joystick knob for Lively, smaller this time to allow for more finger control. And a custom engraving on the top, which I will talk about in another less happy post. This is basically a mini me of the other knob!