So, here’s the deal. As most of you know, I have Cerebral Palsy. It’s a “mild” form of it, but it’s certainly had an impact on my daily life, and more so as I grow older. I have difficulty with a lot of things. Even the simple act of bending over to tie my shoes is really hard for me. I need to sit down to deal with shoes. I fall and I fall often enough that it worries me. Walking has become painful.
I had a cane, and then I broke it, but I’m not sure it was really helping me. Sure, it was like having a third leg, so I suppose there was some help with balance. However, it was also like having only one hand, because one hand was always holding the cane. It could be a giant pain in the ass that way. Moreover, in the end, it didn’t stop me from falling. Falling while holding a cane sucks more than falling without one.
Winter is my enemy. It’s horrible and I fall all the time. Summer is better, but there are still moments when I hit the pavement. It gets frustrating.
That’s why I’ve started to think about alternatives to canes. I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be researching rollators on Amazon, but here we are. A rollator is on my mind. However, there are pros and cons.
- Has a seat so I can sit when I’m tired
- Will help prevent me from falling
- It can carry my things when my hands are otherwise occupied
- Is (relatively) cheap
- Can’t get over the giant snowbanks after a storm/before the city ploughs
- Don’t need one all the time
- Will be another thing I need to store when not using
I don’t know what to do. There’s nothing pushing me in one direction or the other really. I just know I need help. Losing weight probably would help too, but one thing at a time.