Finally after two long weeks of going back and forth and back and forth with the loan agent, we got approved for the full van loan. As the person who sold us the van said, “I’ve bought houses in less time than it’s taking to get this loan approved!” If the seller and I had not continuously pushed things to move along and offered assistance, I might still be waiting on the van. I finally called a dealer and pleaded that they send the retail value for a conversion kit to the loan officer and it finally went through. Then they even agreed that the van value was more than what was being asked! Go figure.
I can’t say enough nice things about the seller though. What an angel. He was so incredibly patient and helpful throughout this entire process. I feel like I made a new friend. He was such a man of integrity and honor. It seems rare to find someone like that when you’re buying something as expensive as a car. We were truly blessed and once again, we see God’s hand in making our prayers come true.
We got the van Thursday night. I walked around being oriented to it by the seller in the dark with a flashlight. Would you believe I had never driven it in all this time? In fact, all I have done so far is move it around the yard. I have insurance on it but I still, need to go to DMV tomorrow to get the title and tags straight. I can’t wait till I can open the door and just have Lynn drive inside. How exciting that’s going to be!
When you can’t travel safely either due to your vehicle or due to being able to get in/out of your vehicle, your world becomes very small. Currently the only time Lynn leaves the house was to go to the doctor. I’m hoping now he will also be able to return to church. He won’t be able to use his power wheelchair there because the elevator to the sanctuary is too small for it but when he’s feeling well, I may be able to transfer him to a transport chair so he can once again attend. That would be awesome.
We were also blessed today with the delivery of the patient lift we ordered. It is so much easier to use the Hoyer lift we had. The rep from Adaptive Solutions in Lynchburg brought it to our house today, assembled it, and showed us how to use it. He was very nice and you could tell he really wanted to provide helpful solutions to his customers. He was full of information about resources and things to check out that might be helpful. The Maximove he brought us is so easy to maneuver and I can even put the sling on Lynn while he’s in his wheelchair and remove it without any help. I don’t know why insurance companies can’t see that having a safe way to move patients around is so much smarter!
We have had a very busy day today. First Lynn’s physical therapist was here. I ran to the grocery store while they were busy. Immediately after I got back, the Adaptive Solutions rep was here. Then the home health company came and picked up the other lift. Meanwhile, a rep for the Hayek ventilator came by to see how that was going, Lynn’s son came to exercise him, and finally, our chiropractor came to adjust us both! Whew, I’m tired just thinking of it all. I was going to go to DMV after the chiropractor left but Lynn was just too tired for me to leave him home alone long enough to go. I’ll go in the morning when he’s fresher. By the way, between all these visits and then immediately afterward till about 10 pm tonight, I worked my regular job. Busy life…
So…we close this week with many blessings and much thanksgiving over God meeting our needs and carrying us through the tough times. Once again we managed to adapt to life’s curveballs and hit a home run. We are truly a blessed couple…
3 thoughts on “We Have Our Van!”
Congratulations! A wheelchair accessible van is not only empowering it’s FREEDOM.
Praise the Lord.
Awesome you should think of sonhmeitg like that