About Bob Vogel

A wheelchair user since 1985, Bob Vogel is an adventurer at heart and has written about experiences ranging from scuba diving to hang gliding. He works from his Loomis, Calif., home where he is on his greatest and most rewarding adventure yet, being a dad to his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, with the help of Schatzie, his German Shepherd service dog.

August 2016

Wheeling in Cuba: 90 Miles Away and a World Apart

By | August 1st, 2016|

Cuba is only 90 miles from the tip of Florida, but Josh Basile and his friends found visiting Havana is like wheeling into a 1950s time warp.

Anticholinergic Medications and Dementia: Clarification, Perspective, Options

By | August 1st, 2016|

Q. I’m 49, in my 10th year as a T7 complete para. I take VESIcare to manage my bladder spasms. For me it has minimal side effects, mainly dry mouth and drowsiness, but it’s difficult to tell if the tired feeling is from the drug or life as a para ...

June 2016

The Inaccurate and Dangerous Message of “Me Before You”

By | June 3rd, 2016|

Hollywood’s latest tearjerker, Me Before You, promotes the dangerous message that it is preferable, and somehow nobler, to choose euthanasia than it is to live [...]

Charcot’s Spine, a Potential Long Term Complication of Spinal Fusion

By | June 1st, 2016|

Q. About a year ago I noticed I was leaning to the left side of my chair and couldn’t seem to sit straight. I also started ...

May 2016

A Closer Look at the Hands-Free Ogo Power Chair

By | May 17th, 2016|

With all the of media buzz, ranging from tech magazines to Fox News about the Ogo, a two-wheel self-balancing power wheelchair, I decided to give [...]

7 Fun Handcycle Options for Paras and Quads

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Handcycling is a popular sport for good reason. It provides a freedom akin to the feeling of gliding and allows for distant exploration, from neighborhood [...]

April 2016

The True Cost of Wheelchairs and Components

By | April 1st, 2016|

We looked at some of the expenses involved in bringing complex rehab DME from original concept to the end user.

Sticker Shock: Understanding DME Prices

By | April 1st, 2016|

At NM, we get a lot of questions about why disability equipment costs so much. With the current climate of shrinking insurance coverage and narrowing options, we decided to follow the money as far as we could.

Wheelchair Cushions: How a Flawed System Affects Cost and Quality

By | April 1st, 2016|

A high quality, properly fitting cushion is arguably the most crucial complex rehab DME product for people with SCI.

Para/Medic: Fracture Risk and Treatment Options with SCI

By | April 1st, 2016|

According to a 2005 research publication, people with SCI have a 40 percent incidence of fractures to the lower extremities.

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