Limited Mobility

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I have bone spurs in my knees that prevent me from straightening out my legs. I also need two full knee replacements. I can’t stand or walk but a few steps with a walker. Because of that, I have worked in an office chair for about 15 years. It may not be elegant, but it works. I push myself around in my chair all over the shop. About 10 years ago, someone said I should get a wheelchair to move around in. At that time, I still could walk with a cane short distances. I remember telling her that as long as I was in my chair, my legs were still getting some exercise. As soon as I got in a wheelchair, my legs would atrophy. That brings me to the purpose of this blog. I just saw another scooter chair commercial. I’ve wondered about them ever since they first came out. I have a lot of trouble now getting to the bathroom. My bathroom doors are not as wide as all the other doorways in my house, so my chair can’t get into the bathrooms. So, I get out of my chair and walk along the counter tops and hang onto doors etc. to take care of business.I realize the scooters are wonderful for shopping and getting around long distances, but if I never walked at all, I would soon lose the ability to stand up and to walk into my bathroom. And, when using a wheelchair, someone has to get it out for me, unfold it, and watch while I get myself into it. I know those scooter chairs have to be just as heavy to manipulate if not more so. My point is, I see the help the scooter does in getting a person from one place to another, but it seems wrong to show total dependence on one. If I was constantly in a scooter chair, how would I walk to the bathroom? Once you quit using your legs, you lose the ability to use them. I would then, in essence, become a paraplegic and need even more help than I need now. Am I missing something?

About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I share my health stories and my experiences with Thrive. I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to Limited Mobility

  1. Smaaak says:

    Your office chair looks very comfy! And it is ingenious to use it as your wheels with a little manual power. Foldable wheelchairs are meant for transport, Not sitting the whole day unlike an office chair.. Your back and butt won’t like it. Can you not have some workmen in to widen the doorways of your bathrooms? You can’t put a walker in the bathroom? Scooter chairs great for outdoor use and whizzing around in the malls and supermarkets ! You’d feel like a kid again.Think of it as a car, you park it outside but not inside the house. You can have your office chair And your scooter for alternate uses. Why not ? You are right. Use it or lose it. Good thinking !

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