Life with Wheels

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

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