I got a walker so I can go places

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/3/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Yesterday dear daughter found an almost new four wheel walker with brakes and a seat on it on Craig's List for $50. So I went and bought it. (sigh!) I have degenerative joint disease in my spine and along with the fibro walking has been a real trial for me. I guess I had mentioned more than once that I couldn't take grand daughter for a walk because my back hurt and there was no place to sit down and let my back rest along the way. With the seat on the walker I can rest whenever I want... So I went for a walk with little Erin and we went all the way to the end of the block and back, about 1/3 of a mile.

Whew! That was a lot but oh so rewarding. I stopped and rested four times. Erin was ecstatic that Gramma Bunny could go for a walk and was more than happy to stop and rest with me. My world will open up again and now I can go to the MSU art festival with the kids in a few weeks. I don't want to have them take me in the wheel chair because then someone has to push me. And I CAN walk... just not all that far before the pain takes over. As long as I have my cell phone so we can stay connected I can move along at my own pace and shop where I like. It should be very fun. And the best thing is that my back doesn't hurt as bad walking with the walker. DD says it has something to do with my core muscles and balance and the walker taking up some of the work load. All I know is that it works! I'm looking on this as a tool to help me get around. It makes me more handi-capable.
~ Jeannie
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/3/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Aren't they great? I have one,after medicare paid thier part i only paid 20.00 for it.....
SnowyLynne


Irish Babe
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   Posted 5/3/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
That's the spirit!! Now you can go where you want to go, and do what you want to do. Just give your 'new best friend' a name and you're good to go. LOL  I have a four prong 'cane' that I named Abel. Corny, I know, but my friend helps me to stay independent and that is the kind of friend I like.
 
Enjoy your walks w/ Erin - I love the name 'Gramma Bunny'. That is too cute. The names the babies in our lives give us are so precious. The world just got a lot bigger for you. YEAH!
 
My street is not walker friendly, so I drive over to 1 of several boardwalks I enjoy and I walk. They have benches up and down the walk, so I can rest as I need to. These aides are such a blessing, we can do what we need to and not have to depend on others.
 
Good for you!!
 
God bless.  Alice. 

Sherrine
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   Posted 5/3/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I'm glad that that is helping you so much!  It's great to maintain independence.  I bought a cane that has a seat attached.  You can open it up and it becomes a three-legged stool.  I haven't used it yet but I will when I travel.
 
Sherrine
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crazykitty
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   Posted 5/3/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I'm glad you got some "hot wheels". That walker is super deluxe. The fact that
there is a built in seat makes it ideal. You will be able to get some wonderful excercise
and doing it with your grandaughter makes it more special.

Alice I love how you named your cane Abel. I have a cane that I use when needed but
now I need to name it!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
 
 


getting by
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   Posted 5/3/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,

I am so happy for you!!! It is great that you found the walker. I hope that you get to do lots of things with the little one now. It makes life so much more enjoyable.

And with the support of this great forum, you are on your way. Keep on keeping on as you would say!

Hugs, Karen
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/3/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great, Jeannie! There's nothing like a newfound freedom!!
  Achey 
 
  Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis,   lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


Statgeek
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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
how wonderful!!
Sue

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/5/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Everything about it is great except hubby is having a hissy fit. He thinks I don't need it because I'm only 58. I think he's worried about his own mortality and told him so. I'm in pain so I've found something that helps. He wants me to take pain pills so I can "get better". Sometimes people just don't get it! I don't want to take pain meds when a simple five minute rest every 15 or so is all I need. (sigh!)
~ Jeannie
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/5/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It is hard when somebody else thinks they know more about you than you do! My son tends to do that, too. :(
  Achey 
 
  Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis,   lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I know Achey! Don't you just hate it when that happens!
~ Jeannie
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Southernlady
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   Posted 5/8/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I just read your post about your walker and I think it is great!
 
I don't know if Harbor Freight stores are in other states, but here in Ky. they are quiet a few of them and they carry these walkers that you are talking about.  They are on sale a lot of times for 99.00. 
 
My dh told a lady at church about them and she ask him to pick one up for her.
 
I fell in love with it and suggested that I might be able to walk more if I had one.  He was like your husband, (very offended).  I turned 62 yesterday and he is two years younger than me.  He told me I wouldn't need one for several years. 
 
When I first found out that I had fibro he was very supportive, but he can't stand the thoughts that it might be slowing me down (at our early age.)
 
Hope you enjoy yours.  I think it's just the thing for us fibromites.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!

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