This is tough stuff for sure. The decision as to when you should use a cane can be really tough. My physical therapist said ( who also happens to have MS ) I need to use mine anytime I cannot stand on one leg for 20 seconds. So, I use that as my day to day measure. I too work at a large school and feel your inhibitions at just showing up with a cane. Kimber gave me some great advice once which was to find a cane that really suited me, one that just looks like me. That helped me a lot. I have two now that I like. As for what to tell people, that is a hard one. You may want to stick with vague - "I am having some trouble with my hip." and leave it at that. People tend to only ask questions at first and then they get used to seeing you use a cane. Don't hesitate to use that cane though, you will make everything worse if you fall and injure yourself. Take good care.
love and prayers,
I think the Segways look like fun, too. Only problem is, my balance is lousy, and you have to have a really good sense of balance to successfully ride a Segway. I don't always "know" where my left side is, for example, and have no feeling in my legs, so a Segway wouldn't be a good thing for me. Once I had several serious exacerbations I was never able to stand all that long anyway, so yet another reason why it wouldn't work.
The same company that builds the Segway, though, has a wheelchair that climbs stairs! Now THERE'S something I'd like! Gotta win the lottery first, though..they start out at around $5,000 and go up...
here is the site
Post Edited (Sweetlydia66) : 8/29/2007 8:36:32 PM (GMT-6)