Walking stick, *** cane, chin cracker....

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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
smilewinkgrin Hey all,

I bought a cane! I've had a few comments a work thus far....not to bad. One was, "are you ***' it now?" Oh, ya, that's me alright....Another guy asked "why do you need that?" I said it was to crack people in the back of the head for pestering me. lol!yeah

I used it while shopping yesterday, made a difference. Felt as though some of the pressure in my hip eased while using it. I feel a little nervous of being dependent on it. Crazy, I was a very active individual 4yrs ago, know I walk reeeallll slow and take stairs slow and steady. Kinda feel like I'm older than I really am. shakehead Uff da!

Just thought I'd share.

Have a good day everyone!:-)

(No offense intended, just trying to keep the site family friendly.)

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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been thinking about a cane as well...my husband made one for his dad that he was only able to use a short while...I'm glad to hear that it makes a difference for you.
Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I had to get a cane near the end of the summer (should have gotten it much earlier). I got a quad cane and it has been a god send. I have a small house, so in here I can use the back of a chair or a wall if I have a problem. I really use the cane when I go out. I have steps from my door to the walk, I feel so much better going up or down. I walk my dog so I need to be steady, it helps to get in and out of my car. Up and down curbs, and after I walk a bit, I use it to rest on to catch my breath. I have bad knees, hips, balance problems, SOB, etc. My shoulders are also a prob and sometimes I have to stop b/c my shoulders are strained.

I haven't had anyone give me a bug about using it, I wish I had started w/ it sooner. I held off b/c I didn't want comments, then I thought I would probably hear more comments if I landed on my ...face. smilewinkgrin   This is one of those selfish things I do it b/c I need it, if someone has a problem w/ it, they need to growup.

You do what you have to do, this is your life to live. Life changes and we have to change w/ it. Keep walking and moving, you've seen the difference it has made w/ just one outing. Good for you!

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Mobility aids are great. They can keep us from falling and breaking our hips. Strong people use whatever resources they need to accomplish their goals. I have a couple of nice looking canes also.


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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
There is nothing wrong with using a cane. Why shouldn't we if we need it. We would use any other medical device if we needed it. Just ignore the comments. They will get use to seeing you with it and stop commenting. I am glad that you found one that you like.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
hello, I was playing with my friend's scooter she uses cause she has a bad back and hips and knees, and I decided to move it to the other side of her livingroom so I could move a chair to her computer and found it to be wonderful but I have too much pride to use one, well after drving it around her living room for a while (cause I was having too much fun) my daughter decided to join me and sat on my lap and threw it into reverse and ran me into sofa that has wooden arms and bruised my arm and shoulder, so I know it can be a very dangerous thing if not used by the right person lol.

I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a collapsable cane and call it my Ninja cane. It is fun to let go of it while it is collapsed and say woppapa and watch it come together. Doing that takes some focus off me. I actually would have used it at school last Wednesday, but . . . it as in my car! and I didn't the energy to go get it!!

Maybe the reason some of us have trouble using assistive devices is the variability of fibro. . . one day I can walk just fine and another day I cannot. So to an ignorant person, maybe it looks as if I am looking for attention. Maybe I do not give enough credit to others who probably don't really care either way.


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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
That is so well said Sue!
I was starting to think I was the only person with fibro who used a cane!! *sigh*

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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I use a cane as I have spinal stenosis and it makes me unstable, at times to point of
falling, a cane can be very very handy and sometimes people are nicer to me, not always...
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