You & I have corresponded several times before. I read all the posts on your blog with great interest because I have cerebral palsy & arthritis & am past 60 years old & figure that the day will come when I can no longer walk very well. I really enjoyed Rhonda's post about walking about still walking as much as she can when she can & using the Travelscoot when pain might keep her from doing what she wants. I doubt that the Travelscoot itself will ever be for me, as I have a strong feeling that it will tip too easily for someone with my balance issues, but I do understand that, stubborn & determined to be independent for as long as possible as I am, the day when I need a mobility device is getting closer. I thank Rhonda for sharing her perspective with us & for giving me something to think about.
Please keep inspiring us with your adventures.
Best to you & all your fellow scooters,
Most people don't understand that if you have a scooter, you have some mobility and that mobility depends on where you are, where you are going, and the pain level of that day.
I don't use mine in my house because if I start really hurting, I can lay down or take a hot soaky tub. Something I can't to a work or while out shopping. Also, at home I've got walls handy to use as a stablity device if I need it. I've also noticed that the more I use it for the long hauls, the more I'm able to do the short ones. It's like I'm not wearing my legs out and, thus, giving them more walkable longevity. So my 'yard stick' is pain level, distance, and will there something I can grab if my legs suddenly collipse? OK, you can add: just how ornery am I feeling today? And yes, I like to ride sometimes just because it's FUN!
I agree completely with Rhonda. I have been packing up my classroom and normally do not ride my scooter to my classroom instead opting to walk. The packing is taking a toll on my back. By using the scooter I conserve my energy and can do more physical labor in the classroom. Some days you feel like a scootin' some days you don't. Peggy
Good post. We need to remember that a TravelScoot is just a tool, like a cane or a chair or a car. It helps you. It isn't something that you lean on. If one can walk, they walk. When they need help, they use a tool. For some the reality is they will be on it constantly; others it is a fill in. Doesn't matter. Accepting our physical limitations is a major step for some. Don't feel ashamed if you need help, whether asking someone to hand something to you or to get on a scooter. We do what we must to get along.