Smart Chair Innovations
Be encouraged! It is good to hear of these thoughtful innovations and thrusts that address the emotional and psychological health of chair users [“Meet the Smartchairs,” April 2018]. Thanks for sharing.
Michael Andrew Williams

More Diet Info Needed
I’ve been struggling with weight ever since I wasn’t able to swim frequently. It is so hard to find information about SCI and metabolism and diet [“Making Sense of Your Metabolism,” April 2018]. Thank you so much for writing this comprehensive article. More articles like these are needed.
Mary Keating

Wheelchair Vanity
Why shouldn’t we be vain about our wheelchairs? People are vain about the car they drive, and the wheelchair is really just another mode of transportation [“Dreaming of a Prettier Chair,” April 2018]. I want my chair to be very comfortable, to be cute (or pretty) and quite frankly to have people stop me not because they feel sorry about the fact that I am in a wheelchair, but because the chair is so “cool looking” that they want to know where I got it.
Idalia Ringwal

Unique Chair Deco
My Jazzy Select 14 served me well for nine years until I got my Quantum iLevel. I found bright, interesting T-shirts and skirts to slip over the seat back, used a lovely, soft lambskin fur for the seat and color coordinated the duct tape for the arms. I added a Harley “Lady Rider” patch for the back of the headrest and acquired a chrome “Limited Edition” for the front. Most of the comments and conversations I had were upbeat and complimentary in the mode of “you go, girl.” Now for the Quantum, a friend has offered to install neon ground effects
Lori Kowalski

Patient Advocacy
I have found that you need a patient advocate — whether a professional or family member who learns the job — when you are hospitalized, and then you have to become your own advocate afterwards [“Finding My Patient Advocate,” April 19 NM blog]. It is exhausting to fight for what you need. It takes being tenacious to the point of wanting to give up, but you just keep going.
Sheri Denkensohn

Wound Bed Advice
I am a T12 para, physical therapist, forme