Not only do I think you should break out the cane, I think you may want to google "rollator walker". These are really cool!! You can have that grocery cart stability and it has a seat so when you are out and about you have a ready place to have a break. They come in all different colors. Falling is no fun and is very very dangerous. A bad break and could land you in a wheelchair!!!! This is a real scenario for MSers.
I am sorry I have not welcomed you sooner. You have some wonderful words here and lots of experience to share. Thanks for that. I keep a cane in my care too!!! That is some great advice. If only we could wrap our heads around what our bodies need!!! That is our real limit!!! It is very difficult.
Thanks for posting.
Wow John! You have said so much here. It is so true that the mental jump is the real challenge here. I feel the same. Once I finally started to use my cane, I was so happy with how I felt. More stable and able to look up and enjoy my surroundings.
Thanks for your thoughts on your experiences.
I had a physical therapist measure me. She suggested that the cane should rest at you wrist ( right where your hand joins your arm ) when your arm is relaxed at your side. I am just about 5'9" and I used a 35 inch cane. Most standard canes are 36 inches. Most cane suppliers will cut canes that you order from them. Or you can get the kind that is adjustable. I have a couple. I have two wooden canes that have been cut to 35 inches and I have one that is adjustable.
Oh, and "NO" John I had no idea what Multiples Sclerosis was. I learned about from MS literature and the computer. I learned from experience as well. I still have lots to learn I'm sure. I guess it is like "fine wine."
Hi everyone. My first time here.
I gone from the cane to rollator and now the power chair. It seemed like everytime I fell no one was there to help. So I used them for safety purposes. If you use a rollator maybe you would be able to walk longer and also have a seat to sit and rest.
Good luck and stay safe.