I am not sure people will see much difference between the two wheelchair images. You are showing yourself already in a chair, so what's the problem. I know we understand the difference but will others?
So, it's been a very long time since this thread's been active. I learned a couple weeks ago that the time between new wheelchairs my insurance will cover has increased to 5 years from 3! I have to wait until October AND prove to them that the Q7 does not meet my needs. I don't understand why an able-bodied person is in charge of choosing what is comfortable and necessary for a disabled person!
OK, I have a couple questions for you guys as well: What are your experiences with wheelchair dealers? Online vs in-store?
Curious what the total amount is for the chair you're aiming for?
I purchased my last chair through Sportaid.com. It was the Colours Spazz-G, which was about $1400 and came with 2 sets of tires. I bought it out of pocket because I didn't have insurance and all the others were outside of my price range. I had purchased it in 2012, and it is still my main chair. By far the most mobile and versatile one too. I have had Quickies all the times before and they never held up as well as this one has. It took about 5 weeks for the order to be placed until the time it was delivered. Some of my measurements were a bit off, but the chair as about 40 different adjustments that allowed me to change it with a few screw drivers and allen wrenches. If you have to pay out of pocket, Colours is probably the least expensive to buy. I know everyone's scenario is different, but might be worth looking at.
A suggestion as well - monetize your youtube channel? It's an extremely easy way to bring in a few extra bucks and may also be an added source of income to help the fund, not to mention exposure to those who might be in a position to help if you include something like a Paypal link. Monetized channels make about $1.30 per 1000 views, and if you have anything worth publishing on youtube - makeup tutorials, exercise routines, PT, instructional videos for things like transferring from the chair to a bed - anything there's an audience for, YouTube can be a hugely profitable platform for awareness and exposure to some that might be inclined to contribute financially.
Just a thought. I've been using Youtube for a hobby, and the revenue has almost turned into a full time job income. Seriously. It's a huge window to crawl in if you're comfortable enough in front of a camera.
My Quickie Q7 is a 16"x16" when my measurements are 16"x15". I had pressure sores on the backs of my knees from using it and the Stimulite cushion. The cushion has a lump in the middle to spread my legs apart, which is really uncomfortable and hard to control my lower legs! There is no taper in the front whatsoever, so my feet flopped EVERYWHERE! I broke 3 toes in the first 3 months! (Interesting fact: my mom sat in the Q7 and noted the cushion and nylon seat sling were digging into the backs of her knees and guess what? She is 2 inches taller than I am!)
Now I did love the Stimulite cushion, besides the middle lump and it being too long for my thighs. If I could somehow shorted it and flatten it or get a flat one, I'd be very happy, as would my bum.
Loading into my Explorer was a nightmare! I had to transfer in on the passenger side because the frame wouldn't fit in & over me in the driver's side, even with the seat all the way back. The problem: the HANDLES, which I had requested not to have, are permanent & non-folding. Now, you'd think an aluminum chair would be lightweight, right? Is 25 pounds lightweight, especially when you have to lift it one-armed into a vehicle with high ground clearance. Also, since I had to transfer over to the driver's seat from the passenger seat, I had to scoot up and over the hard plastic middle console, which eventually broke from the weight.
I just wish I would've had a say in something I'm supposed to be living in! They measured me wrong and the salesman didn't show me any choices other than the Quickie Q7. All this SCI stuff was a mystery to me. I didn't even know there were titanium chairs at that point.
I really wish I would've done more Google searches and educated myself rather than listen to able-bodied people who have probably treated only 1 or 2 other people with SCI's.
Prices: the Q7 was about $2600. The chair I want is the TiLite TRA or something similar (I hadn't thought of how the 2 bottom bars on the TRA would affect how it would sit in my car.) I already own a set of 25" Spinergy wheels with air tires & Natural Fit handrims that I saved up for and bought out-of-pocket, so that'd save them a few hundred dollars. The TRA frame costs about $3500. I will never settle for an aluminum wheelchair again, even if it means picking up a little bit of the cost for a Titanium chair.