Tag: Special Equipment

Krabbe Awareness Month: Day Twenty-Four

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With fast-moving diseases like Krabbe, you don’t have time to waste. At our very first meeting, Dr. Escolar gave us prescriptions for equipment we wouldn’t need for months. She told us to start obtaining things like the suction machine, stander, adaptive stroller, etc. because we wouldn’t want to be without them when we needed them. And she was right. Tori lost her ability to swallow suddenly (three months later) and we didn’t have the suction machine yet.

Tori’s wonderful physical therapist worked hard to obtain most of the necessary equipment for us in a timely fashion, and we were so thankful. But some families get stuck waiting and waiting – and sometimes the equipment comes after the child has already passed away.

This is yet another thing that just shouldn’t happen.

Krabbe Awareness Month: Day Twenty-Two

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Tori received vision, physical, and occupational therapies through Early Intervention, at no cost to us.

The cost of her stander (a vital piece of equipment) was $13,000. Thankfully, our insurance covered it. That isn’t usually the case for most families.

Her adaptive stroller was over $5,000 (again, covered by insurance).

We were so fortunate to have a generous insurance company, and we were even more thankful that they never fought us for any of the needed equipment. But, sadly, this is not the norm. Most parents end up spending valuable time fighting for needed equipment and therapies instead of having quality time with their child. This needs to change.