Mark E. Smith has godlike powers of sanity and logic. Thanks, dude! I have been trying to navigate all this stuff, and figure it out, and have pages and pages of notes, and was feeling very frustrated at how complicated it all is.
If only I'd had even 1% of this information, 15 years ago. I didn't know anything, and those idiots at Valley Med were no help.
I called Wheelchairs of San Mateo today and they were so helpful and un-slimey (unlike Rehab Specialists in Mountainview, who gave me the willies and were like horrible sharklike ignorant used-car salesmen). I talked to a couple of different people at WSM. So nice... and comforting. I can get demos of whatever models, I can make an appointment and they will work with me and help write the specs for the doctor to sign. My insurance will pay possibly 90% (but I would guess somewhat less as they will likely argue and give me hassle.)
Good titanium chair, here I come... Am not going to buy another almost-okay chair off of ebay.