Oh my goodness, it's been so long since we've communicated one-on-one, I didn't realize you hadn't been here for a while!!Hi everyone...I am attempting this post on a mobile phone...something I swore I would never do. Oh well, necessity dictates. I have been out of the loop for awhile with health issues. Long story short, I am now living in a rehab facility learning to walk again. So far there is no space for a computer workstation, so I am stuck with using a phone for the time being. Just wanted to stop by and say hello and explain my lengthy absence.
I am getting stronger and making some progress a step at a time. Hope all is well with everyone
No problem ma'am. A customer at work has a very interesting mobility device. The Alinker - A radically different walking bike - Alinker shop (US) She says it's light enough that her helper can lift it easily. I wonder if it might be useful for you in the long run.
That does look interesting, but too large for me to use anywhere here. I don't live in a private home, so getting around in my apartment, and anywhere else in the building with that wouldn't be easy.
What I did instead, was to get rid of the tennis balls on the back of my regular walker, and then add wheels like the ones on the front of the walker, so I can move a lot easier and faster. Amazon sells the wheels as "replacements" for the front wheels if needed, but one of the aids from the rehab/nursing center where I was for 3 months earlier this year told me about the replacements, and I really like them.
For destinations close to where I live, I use a Quad Cane, which is a cane with 4 defined feet, which I find much sturdier than those old types of canes that didn't have them. I remember borrowing one years ago when a sprained my ankle, and I really didn't like it. The Quad Cane is much better, and easier to use.
I always think if you can manage to laugh at the trials and tribulations it does help to some degree. Compared with stories of others here I seem to be in and easier position at present, certainly as regards moving around. Sadly though there it not just my moving around that is the issue thanks to me having been a type 2 diabetic for twenty years or more. I know the diabetes has begun to damage my eyes and sores that appear on my leg are painful and take a long time to heal. Having said that a chemist that used to deal with my prescriptions would say to me that my ailments are the occupational habits stemming from staying alive so I do have to count my blessings as well.Hey Terre...that walking bike looks interesting. I was mostly using a rolling office chair around the apartment to do housework and navigate dealing with groceries and laundry, but I finally wore it out, and I could never find a replacement chair that was low enough or felt right...but rolling definitely worked for me. If I can eventually graduate from the wheelchair, I like the idea of movement and exercise using the legs. Six months ago I had about lost it all, and it took a month of rehab before I could sit up in the bed on my own. Now I can stand briefly and pivot to get in a wheelchair, with assistance. I still require assistance with basic tasks, especially on cold days like today. Arthritic changes in my shoulders complicate being able to rely on the upper body strength I once had...and being naturally stubborn and independent has made the journey interesting. I do have excellent nurses who have been patient. Change is frustrating...and close friends who have been helping me with the transition would be quick to say that I am amusingly set in my ways.
Sounds like others of you have had your set of challenges too. I know what Miss B is saying about apartment space. My canes, grabbers and walker took up so much space that there was no room for a wheelchair. And I agree, the quad cane is the way to go....and I used them before I started falling so much. I tried the walker for awhile, but I ended up in the floor with it on top of me...and all I could say when the rescue squad folks arrived was oops...no use losing a sense of humor over it...haha.