Silver Lining to the Wheelchair Cloud

The only good thing about the new borrowed wheelchair is that it’s so bad that I opted for the alternative today: walking around the apartment with the walker. It wasn’t easy but I didn’t fall. This was the most I’ve walked around here since I think before I went to the hospital in August. It’s kind of a miracle considering I walked for the first time in a month two days ago and I’m proud of myself for doing it. I switched back to the chair late afternoon because feeding the cats is much easier from a seated position than when trying not to fall bending over from a walker. I’ll switch back after they’re fed because I need the practice and hate having the big bulky chair around when I’m not using it.

The biggest chair problem (of many) is that the brakes do not hold and the chair moves when I try to stand up. This is a huge problem on the laminated floor of the living areas of the apartment and it took me 10 minutes of repeated tries to move to the lift chair. But I have carpet in the bedroom and it doesn’t roll as much or as easily there. So I backed the chair up against the bed for added stability and stood up with the walker, moving into other areas. The living room looks much bigger without the big black chair. The walker also has a tray that lets me carry things from the kitchen to the chair, something that’s very hard to do when both hands are busy trying to wheel a chair that doesn’t want to turn.

Someday I’ll be ready to use a rollator but that certainly isn’t now. Using the regular rolling walker with the little tennis balls in the back was enough of a challenge.

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