Posted 9/10/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -6)
I started with a walking stick.  I like them much better then canes, because their height helps you to stand more erect and ease the stress on your back.  Google the word walking stick and you will find some really artistic and interesting ones at moderated prices.  From there I acquired the ever popular walker with a convertable seat.  Again, they help ease the stress on your back and give you a place to sit when you have trouble standing for any length of time.  Next, the power wheelchair,  Your upper body strength with dictate whether you need a manual or power chair.  Use the mobility aid that is appropiate for you. Take it from me - falling and injuring yourself is far worse then bruise pride ... one broken foot taught me that.  I refuse to give up living life and stay inside of my home because of mobility issues.  I want to participate with my family and friends and I will use whatever it takes to help me enjoy life with those I love.  If you find yourself declining invitations, get yourself to PT immediately and get a good mobility evaluation.  Family and friend will stop asking, if all you do is make excuses.  We are all to young to be shut ins.

Stella Marie

Dx:  Rare progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy (brain rot, autonomic system failure, neuropathic pain and a whole lot more).  Added improvements:  Intrathecal pump and a spinal cord stimulator..

 Medications: Sinemet, Requip, Klonopin, Baclofen, Provigil, Lyrica, Fentanyl patches, Lidoderm patches, Dilaudid, Fentora and Zofran

Posted 9/11/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)
Stella Marie a cool idea, a walking stick. I did a google on walking stick and it came up with a bug, so I then did a google search: walking stick for hiking. Which gets you to the walking sticks..........

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