So as my neuropathy and Churg Strauss Syndrome have gotten worse I’ve been severely weakened, and ever since then falling has become a major danger for me. I cannot walk too far anymore without feeling as if I’ve climbed one of the world’s highest mountains without an oxygen canister! It’s a severely uncomfortable feeling hence my use of canes, walkers, and now even a wheelchair a lot of the time. Today I am going to go over some of the devices I use to get around and make some recommendations to you.
1. Canes- When it comes to a cane I quickly found out you want something that won’t hurt your hands, so something with ergonomic grips which many modern canes come standard with. You also want something light yet sturdy that you can transport without a problem such as an aluminum cane, I personally started out with an old wooden cane my Grandfather gave me. Certainly not the best idea as I soon found out and ordered a collapsable cheap aluminum cane that both fits in the car easily and fits in my rollator and/or walker’s pocket under the seat. I got my EZ2Care cane off Amazon for less than $15 with free shipping so this is a reasonable option for anyone that needs some extra support at times. I should also mention if a cane is going to be a long term thing for you, you might want to go with on with a wide foot that is more stable and grips the ground better, it also helps with balance.
2. Walkers/Rollators- Now if a cane just isn’t enough but you want to keep those leg muscles working this is the road to go down. It’s much less stressful on your hand and wrists for one thing, and mine has a seat a feature I recommend to anyone because you can lock the walker and sit for a minute to take a drink or relax. I’d also once again recommend aluminum and one with large wheels(mine are 8”) to get over bumps without feeling them or struggling as much. I’ve taken my Hugo Walker Elite all over even to gardens and such with my fiance for walks around and to do picnics. Mine has a spacious area under the seat or storage of my cane, a large smartwater, my camera, and a wireless charger for my electronics! That’s quite a useful tool if you ask me! My Hugo Elite costs approximately $110 on Amazon again with free shipping thanks to my Prime account!
3.Wheelchairs- Now on to the last resort when you’re falling constantly and are weak a wheelchair is a great option for those with a house whose doorways can accommodate one. Measure the width of the opening of each doorway in the house so you’ll know where you can and cannot fit with your new transportation method. I did this and found we have smaller doors than usual so I paid a hefty fee upwards of $400 for my wheelchair which is compact, comfortable, has a washable seat and back pad that’s resistant to bacteria, and lastly is well made with a superb locking system. You can get a cheaper wheelchair easily and I encourage you to do so I made the exception because of the doorways in my home. Other benefits are enormous such as increased arm strength which is great for someone like me with neuropathy in both arms. More importantly it allows more independence, for example with the walker using both hands to hold myself up it’s hard to carry food or a drink. With a wheelchair I can manage to carry a soda and a large plate of food and make it all myself, it feels good to have that independence sometimes when you’re so ill and just want to do something yourself. Lastly it allows you to explore the world again I can now go again to place like the zoo, museums, aquariums, antique shops, to parks, and for long strolls with my family on pleasant spring days without someone pushing me the entire way. All in all this is a tool of necessity but one that increases one’s independent actions and that can certainly raise morale.
I hope these tips help some of you out there find a medical transportation device that works the best for you! I sure have done my research and made some excellent choices so I’m quite pleased with what I’ve chosen. It gets me around comfortably enough and only one of the devices was overly expensive, but a medical necessity at this point.