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Chutz
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Over the past several months I've notices people talking about either using canes or possibly buying one. I had that same issue back a couple of years. When I'm walking on flat areas I'm pretty good, but if I have to go up an incline or stairs or if I'm in a crowd of people or where they are walking by me fast...I tend to get unstable. I just could not bring myself to buy a cane. Those are only for <shudder> 'old' people. I'm not old...just very, very mature...lol OK, I'm getting older but mentally I am NOT ready for a cane. Well, inside I knew it would help but I just couldn't do it emotionally. I spent plenty of time in tears over it before I finally decided it needed to be done before I ended up falling and doing some serious damage to this body of mine. Now it may not be in very good shape, nor that attractive any more but it's the one I was issues and I'm sort of fond of it. Beside I have to make it last! smhair

So, I made the decision and started looking around. To my amazement they didn't look like the yucky old things my grandmothers both used. I found styles, colors, patterns, shapes and anything you could imagine. I wanted something I could carry and/or store in my rolling briefcase when I went to work so that meant a folding one. They are so light and handy. I looked and looked and found so many beautiful ones it was hard to choose! smilewinkgrin I ended up with a pink/peach floral design on white background that folded. It does NOT look old but I find that I get a lot of respect when I use it. People scurry to open doors for me, let me go first when waiting, and are generally more polite than average. My grandkids think it's so cool. A few of them like to use it for a hiking stick and a couple of the others pretend it's a rifle or cannon...lol It have been the center of many games.

Yes, emotionally it's a very hard decision to make. It was for me at least. But once I went ahead and started using mine on an as-need basis I wondered what took me so long to get it. I don't use it all the time but it's available when I do need it.

I looked around the internet and found some good sites for buying them. The prices range from under $20 to over $100...but for your 20 bucks you can get a beautiful, colorful cane. Below is a list of sites that you may want to look at. I have no personal or financial interest in any of these sites. I looked them up for your convenience. Also, most all pharmacies and discount stores like WalMart, etc. have them for good prices. But the online ones have such amazing choices. I found some with cats or dogs all over them, humming birds, flowers, trucks, fishing gear..you name it. I once had someone comment how lovely mine was because it matched the winter scarf I was wearing...lol tongue

I hope something in here helps anyone who's thinking of using a cane. Once you accept the idea that it will help keep you safe you will find it's easy to adjust to.

Hugs,
Chutzie

http://www.fashionablecanes.com/Designer_Folding_Canes.html
This one has cats, dogs, humming birds and lots of other choices.

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1248064614/ref=sr_kk_1?ie=UTF8&search-alias=hpc&field-keywords=walking%20canes
Large selection and price range

http://www.alltimemedical.com/category/Mobility_Aids_for_the_elderly/walking_canes.html
Good selection of sturdy products

http://www.houseofcanes.com/
Huge selection of colorful and stylish ones
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Statgeek
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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz,
I wondered the same thing.  Why didn't I start using this before!!??  I used to worry about walking across campus.  Sometimes I would have to rest halfway and feel silly.  Sometimes I would drive halfway across campus to the dining hall and then drive back to my office.  I started using the cane while in Portland because there was a lot of walking at the conference.  You are right.  People treat you with respect when you use it.  They open doors, let you go first, get you a chair, let you sit on the train.  It is really nice.  It helps when standing in line, too.  I was scared to use it, but now am glad I did. 
 
I am not old either.  And like danib said, I used to be the pretty girl.  Now I am a fiesty sexy older woman with a sexy cane!  yah, so there!
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btw, if people ask just say, "it's my pimp cane, yo."
 
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I find walking sticks really helpful. I find that I can walk further with one, as the stick acts as a prop to support the sore muscles and keep them moving.

Good on you for taking this assertive step!
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Chutz!  My cane folds, too, but it's black with a tortoise colored handle.  I picked it up in the drug store for about $15 but I sure would like a pretty cane.  I definitely will check out those web sites!
 
I was in my 40's when I got my cane.  I also had to deal with the vanity issues of over-the-ear hearing aids right about the same time!  Talk about feeling old.  cry    But, no one says a thing to me about the cane AND, because of my hearing problems, I've had people tell me I should try wearing hearing aids!  I have very short hair with the hair cut around my ears and they STILL don't see the hearing aids!  yeah    I cried over those dumb aids before I got them because I didn't want people to see that I had to wear hearing aids.  That just goes to show you....a lot of our "fears" is just in our heads....but not fibro!
 
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noklu
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have 4 beautiful canes, all in different colors. I get so many compliments on them its a amazing. If I have to use a cane, by george I may as well make the most of it.
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myjoy
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm thinking of getting a cane. I've fallen on my stairs twice this summer, and once at the car wash. I'm soon to be 47....but if it will help - well, perhaps I'll try it. A birthday gift to me! I'm a tad low on funds right now, but hubby is supposed to get a raise the end of this month. Yours sound pretty, Chutz. I'll look them up.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow this is a subject I have kept in my closet I haven't even brought it up to my husband.  I'm only 39 yes I work in a warehouse in inventory control and I walk ALOT.  But when I get off work I feel like I'm 90 yrs old walking into the house.  Then if the kids want to go to the mall or grocery shopping is heck.
 
So I'm torn.  I walk so much at work so I know I can but without pain its impossible.
 
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Jhemi
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I can still walk and balance myself pretty good so although it wouldnt bother me to have one, I really don't think I need it.

But my Sister in Law, who has MS, had a cane at 40. She only uses it when her MS acts up really bad and she's not at all ashamed. She's 45 now.

Marlee2
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie, you are such a dear for looking up so much info for all of us. (((HUG)))
 
I bought a quad cane a couple of years ago but not for walking, for bending over in the yard to support my back. I have used it a couple of times in the yard cause that is where I lose my balance the most.
 
There is no one on here that is old, some of us may be a little riper than others. smilewinkgrin You know when my sweet, dear, positive thinking uncle got sick and starting falling he had to start using a walker, didn't bother him a bit. Then as he got worse he had to use a wheelchair and start using scooters in stores, didn't bother him a bit because it allowed him to still live his life and be mobile. His attitude was, whatever it takes for me to live a normal life I will do it. He was such an inspiration to me and that is the way I choose to think, whatever it takes to get me from one place to another I will do it.
 
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   Posted 7/20/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, your uncle sounds like an awesome guy. We could all learn from him.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   

I have used a quad cane for about the past yr. Due to severe arthritis - everywhere - and balance issues, I feel safer w/ the cane when I leave my house. Inside the house is small and I have something to hold, lean, or grab on to, so I haven't hit the floor yet.

I thought I would feel 'old' when I used the cane and then once I used it and realized I wasn't listing like a drunken sailor, I thought the heck w/ anyone else's 'tude. My DM used a quad for awhile, now needs a walker for around the house. She isn't up to long walks, so then she uses a wheelchair.

I want to be able to go out and be a part of this world, not stuck in the house, so I use my cane.
 
I have had ppl be so helpful and polite, I have had ppl darn near knock me over to get ahead of me. I was the one who would hold a door or offer help, it seems odd to be on the receiving end of that behavior, but it is nice when someone is kind and helpful. I do appreciate my 'visiting angels'.
 
I got my cane at Walmart for less than $20. I was looking at the canes you showed for dogs. I was hoping they had one w/ Scotties, I'm such a sucker for that breed. Thank you for sharing this info. The canes can hopefully help us from falling on our, ummm... faces!
 
God bless.  Alice.

Chutz
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   Posted 7/20/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, everyone's comments are so heartwarming. It's a very hart topic to verbalize. When I made the decision after months and months of working on my brain about it, it took me another several weeks to tell hubby. I know he's be all for it if I thought it would help me and be safer. He too is of the opinion...who cares what anyone else thinks.

He has had to start using a CPAP machine at night and I know the stigma of it bothered him at first. He didn't share a lot but was fighting the idea of using one. Even called it a bunch of voodoo and the "latest disease" to get. I think some of his concern was the embarrassment of how he would look - even now he doesn't wear it if the littlest grandson spends the night. He feels it might frighten him because he's only 3 and sleeps with his 'Papa' when overnight. I do make sure he doesn't feel embarrassed when he uses his headgear at night. Still gets his evening snuggle and smoochies. blush And when I need to use my "walking stick", as the grandkids call it, he's the first one to get it for me or to make sure it's in his car if we're going for a drive.

Just babbling along here...sort of thinking out loud. Just wanted to pass on some thoughts...
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Hara
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   Posted 7/20/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz said...
Over the past several months I've notices people talking about either using canes or possibly buying one. I had that same issue back a couple of years. When I'm walking on flat areas I'm pretty good, but if I have to go up an incline or stairs or if I'm in a crowd of people or where they are walking by me fast...I tend to get unstable. I just could not bring myself to buy a cane. Those are only for <shudder> 'old' people. I'm not old...just very, very mature...lol OK, I'm getting older but mentally I am NOT ready for a cane. Well, inside I knew it would help but I just couldn't do it emotionally. I spent plenty of time in tears over it before I finally decided it needed to be done before I ended up falling and doing some serious damage to this body of mine. Now it may not be in very good shape, nor that attractive any more but it's the one I was issues and I'm sort of fond of it. Beside I have to make it last! smhair

So, I made the decision and started looking around. To my amazement they didn't look like the yucky old things my grandmothers both used. I found styles, colors, patterns, shapes and anything you could imagine. I wanted something I could carry and/or store in my rolling briefcase when I went to work so that meant a folding one. They are so light and handy. I looked and looked and found so many beautiful ones it was hard to choose! smilewinkgrin I ended up with a pink/peach floral design on white background that folded. It does NOT look old but I find that I get a lot of respect when I use it. People scurry to open doors for me, let me go first when waiting, and are generally more polite than average. My grandkids think it's so cool. A few of them like to use it for a hiking stick and a couple of the others pretend it's a rifle or cannon...lol It have been the center of many games.

Yes, emotionally it's a very hard decision to make. It was for me at least. But once I went ahead and started using mine on an as-need basis I wondered what took me so long to get it. I don't use it all the time but it's available when I do need it.

I looked around the internet and found some good sites for buying them. The prices range from under $20 to over $100...but for your 20 bucks you can get a beautiful, colorful cane. Below is a list of sites that you may want to look at. I have no personal or financial interest in any of these sites. I looked them up for your convenience. Also, most all pharmacies and discount stores like WalMart, etc. have them for good prices. But the online ones have such amazing choices. I found some with cats or dogs all over them, humming birds, flowers, trucks, fishing gear..you name it. I once had someone comment how lovely mine was because it matched the winter scarf I was wearing...lol tongue

I hope something in here helps anyone who's thinking of using a cane. Once you accept the idea that it will help keep you safe you will find it's easy to adjust to.

Hugs,
Chutzie

http://www.fashionablecanes.com/Designer_Folding_Canes.html
This one has cats, dogs, humming birds and lots of other choices.

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1248064614/ref=sr_kk_1?ie=UTF8&search-alias=hpc&field-keywords=walking%20canes
Large selection and price range

http://www.alltimemedical.com/category/Mobility_Aids_for_the_elderly/walking_canes.html
Good selection of sturdy products

http://www.houseofcanes.com/
Huge selection of colorful and stylish ones

 

FROM HARA: I bought my first and only cane at a drug store. You want one that adjusts to your height. I bought mine when I was in my late 20's to early 30's.


American Woman
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I started using a cane about a year ago for the arthritis, but I too felt old and the vanity was getting in the way of really using it because it was just a regular cane from the drug store. My husband wen on line and found me a foldable one with an American theme and now I walk around with it all the time and I feel proud and stable, all at the same time. I also have a walker with wheels and a seat and a basket and it's in bright red and decorated with American Flags. I guess if we have to depend on these items they may as well look good!

I know what you mean when you said people seem to have more respect when you are using a cane or a walker.

Happy walking and use your canes with pride because they really keep us in balance.
American Woman

Chutz
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Your sounds awesome, American Woman!! I agree also, there's no reason to look old and stogey unless that's the look you prefer. But as far as I'm concerned I'd rather have several with smashing colors. One day I might just spring for a different color. Besides, mine got um... sorta crunched from the top down. Got stuck when hubby was backing up the trailer...the tip was on the ground and the handle was up under the door jam. By the time I got him to stop it sorta doesn't extend any more...lol But it's hard to see it was damaged.

You're right...walk Proud!
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I lost my vanity somewhere in the fog... I'm so busy that I will take "any port in a storm" as my grampa used to say. My dear daughter went from her wheelchair to a walker to a four-point cane while she was re-learning to walk and she is pleased as punch that those things are here for me to use if and when I need them. It's kind of like using the little go carts in the grocery store... Attitude! Whatever gets you where you need to go so you can "Git 'er done!". We just need to KOKO! (Keep On Keepin' On!)
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Chutz
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Great advice Jeannie!....as usual!

Hugs,
Chutzie

hope the summer weddings aren't totally wearing you out. remember to take care of Jeannie too ;-)
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   

I bought a cane a few months ago. My flare up was terrrible/horrible. I don't wish this illness on my worst enemies.  I was walking slow. My 2 chihuahuas pulled me down when I was walking around the block. I knew I needed help. The dogs are only 6-7lbs.

I have the cane in the car just in case. I use the hand rails to climb up the stairs. People at the store see a young 29 yr old with a cane and it's suprising all kinds of people help me at the store. At first I was embarrased then I got used to the cane. wink

When I was at a big amusement park. My body gave out after a few hours. Too hot and too much standing in lines. I had to call security who called a nurse and they gave me a voucher for a wheelchair. I am eternally thankful for those nice people.

At the hospital I have used the wheelchair many times. I'm thinking of buying one for big outtings. I can't do it with just the cane. shakehead

If I use the stairs at work it's like I did a marathon after. Sitting too long makes my body lock up. Standing too long makes my body hurt. Lying down too long makes my body ache. My physical therapist told me to excercise 40mins a day. I don't have the time. I do walking, yoga or the excercise ball. All are good.

 

 


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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to tell you guys that if my arms give out with severe pain I switch the cane from one hand to the other. But there were times when the cane didn't work and I needed the wheelchair.
 
I couldn't even push myself in the wheelchair. I gets really bad sometimes. I cry and people think I look crazy. That's what I think. I don't know for sure what people think when I cry in pain. cry
 
My b/f tells me to grow up. I asked what would you do in this pain? He told me "Probably curse like a sailor." I said "See. Everyone is different with showing their pain." nono

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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi littlestrebel!

Just a suggestion...invite boyfriend to the forum to read some of the post. Plus invite him to chat night and come along with him. We'll share some reality with him.

But more important...insist he go along on at least one of your doctor visits. If I were you I'd tell my doc in advance that he is coming because he doesn't understand fibro. That will work wonders on most caring people. If he doesn't show more compassion than "grow up" after that then you may want to give the relationship some thought. I just don't want you to be hurt or not treated with respect. Some education goes a long ways.

Hugs,
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought a cane awhile back because of my trick knee and then my painful foot. I think they're great.
I was looking for another one, and all I can see is those adjustable ones. Those scare me. Do they ever collapse?
And I agree, they're great for use in the yard and garden when leaning over. They help stabilize you and help in getting back up from leaning over.
Thanks for those links Chutz!
Something funny..........awhile back, when my kids were little.......we were at an extended family get-together. Our aunt always came with one of those walkers on wheels with a basket on it. Well this time, she didn't have it. My little boy whispered to me "Aunt Rosie doesn't have her stilts today". lol!

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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Funny story cathaya.
 
I have also lost a lot of my vanity.  Had to go to the store the other day.  Could use hair fixing, legs shaved, change of clothes and makeup.  But I went out anyway.  Mind you, I am not a hairy bear, but still . . .no legs shaved!!! Ack!  I had to go to the store and felt too awful to make the effort to change, shave, etc. 
 
Strebl, I used the wheelchair at disneyland.  Couldn't do it otherwise.  I cannot figure out how to go downhill without falling on my face.   One person at dl was mean to me and said I was trying to use it to skip to front of line.  I had gotten out of the chair and used the cane so I could go up and down the stairs.  It made me mad cuz I am vain and didn't want to use the cane or chair in the first place.  I kept thinking it didn't bother me, but it still does.  I am thinking of sending an email to dl as a heads up.
 
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Stari
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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Many, many years ago my dad went to Mexico and bought a beautiful hand craved cane. After he passed, I was lucky to get it and now use it. After watching "House" I have started twirling it. ha ha only funny when I drop it on my foot.
 


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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
danib!

I know this is going to sound like "I just don't get it" but...what your family thinks should not really matter....heavy on the word "should". It's very hard to for us to even imagine we need these things let alone getting the courage to tell them, or even use it in front of them. But they do NOT live in your shoes and have no concept of what you go through just to get up each day and get through the routine parts of your day. Some possible ideas might be to educate them so they can "get it", invite them to go along on a doctor visit, or invete them here to the forum so they can see others who suffer the same way.

Try to hold your head up high and do what YOU need to do. It's YOUR life and you deserve any help you can get and if that's a cane or wheelchair then so be it. It's hard but we'll hold your hand all the way! <extending hand>

Hugs,
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Chutz
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey statgeek!

Write that letter, girlfriend! You will be amazed at how they respond. I've found over the years that if I write a courteous letter of complaint, and even put a bit of humor or light heartedness in it that not only do I get the satisfaction of an apology but most often they will send you something free...as in a replacement or an apology. Plus, I most always start at the top and work my way down. My kids are always asking..."who got the letter of the month this time mom?"

I recently had issues with Dish network. They have been sending emails about my mother's account for the past several years. Now my mother died over 3 years ago and I explained it to them. I wrote and asked them to please stop. They assured me it would. You guessed it, it stared up again. I wrote a polite but nasty email the next time and got a reply that assured me the email address was removed from the database this time. Yaaaaa, got another one last week. SO...went on a hunt. I went to the CEO of the company. Took a while to find out who and what corporation is linked to them but oh wow did things pop! The secretary for this guy bent over backwards to keep me happy. I was hoping they would pay my Dish bill as a form of appology ...lol...but no such luck. At least the emails have stopped.

I wouldn't be surprised if Disney Land sent you a pile of tickets if you write to them and with your gift for writing they may just award you the letter of the year!

Hugs,
Chutzie
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