I am dependant upon a walker. In my home, and at work, I roll around in an office chair. Why not use a wheelchair? The office chair keeps my legs moving, giving me some exercise. I’m afraid if I begin using a wheelchair, and discontinue moving my legs, I won’t be able to get out of it.
The only problem is, my bathrooms are not any kind of chair accessable. I have to leave the chair at the door and lean on the counter and wall and hamper to get to the bathtub or toilet. I have to get up several times during the night, which is aggravating, but I guess that is one way to get my exercise in! The other night, drowsy from sleep, I was tottering towards the toilet when either my hand slipped from the top of the sink counter, or I missed it entirely, and I felt myself in slow motion end up on all fours on the floor. There is nothing more scary than falling when you have limited mobility! I was lucky. All of my weight landed on my bent knees & calves, which caused me several days of sore muscles and pain, since I have bad knees, but it could have been much worse! I could have put all of my weight on my weak wrists and broken both of them! I consider myself quite blessed! I’ll certainly be more aware of where I place my hands for support the next time I’m stumbling around at night.