Daily Prompt: Sympathy is OK, but does it solve the problems?

Walker
I have got a new toy in my collection, although to be quite honest there are some items I would rather not collect. I now have a Walker. I did not even know the english name for this masterwork of transportation, in German we call it a “Rollator”, probably because it rolls. At the moment it rolls everywhere with me as my legs no longer roll as they should since my spectacular dive on the floor of the bedroom almost a week ago.

Sitting in my hospital bed thinking of how nice it is not to have to do anything, I realised that when I arrive home, I will not be able to do anything, because my left leg has a broken bone, the femur. I even looked that up in Internet on some sort of medical page. It told me that the femur is the biggest and strongest bone in the human body and rarely is damaged. I suppose there are exceptions to every rule. So mine is damaged, pieced together by the miracles of steel, screws and whatever and I need a transport.

I called Mr. Swiss from the hospital. I need a “Rollator/Walker” when I get home. An hour lager he called back, and we now have a Rollator. A nice one in violet with a basket and a surface for carrying stuff. I had already bought an electric wheelchair a few months ago, so it was no problem to contact the store and pick up a walker. It is ideal. I am not exactly Speedy Gonzales, but it gets me from the bedroom to the bathroom, to the kitchen and I can even carry my iPad with me. My Kindle is in the bag at the front. So now you can see me moving with my new companion and when I again regain my fitness I will be using my wheelchair outside.

I often wonder what people think when they see me coming. Are they sympathising thinking so young and already needing support. Perhaps some might even be admiring my driving talent. I am the fastest in a wheelchair. I am still practicing with the walker, but am getting there. Any sympathy is welcome but I have to do it all by myself. According to thigh bone breakage instructions, it is a matter of 5-6 months and everything is back to how it should be, but… and there is a big but, you have to practice. Do you exercises daily and put as much weight on the leg as possible etc. etc. It looks like I will have a long walker path to take, but I am on the way. I even managed to lift my left leg today and dress on my own without calling for Mr. Swiss: the only problem being that I had my trousers and knickers on back to front, but all beginnings are difficult. I can actually now reach my left foot with my hands, my leg joint has slowly decided to communicate with me again. And now to move on (by walker of course): pratice makes perfect.

Daily Prompt: Sympathy is OK, but does it solve the problems?

26 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Sympathy is OK, but does it solve the problems?

  1. Did you ever learn the term ‘festina lente’–‘make haste slowly’? That was a big Latin phrase that we learned way back when. I hope you make haste slowly and confortably until you become a speed demon and then can make haste more stylishly!

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    • Thanks Cee, it can get very frustrating sometimes, but you learn as you go on. Put your trousers and underwash on together, roll the legs and over the shoes – it is much easier and more efficient. Mr. Swiss has to give me his right hand and I grip it and he can pull me up, although I noice I am gaining a little on strength. Walking was always a little problematic because of my MS. There are so many things to learn to do properly.

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  2. I think the walker is a great tool. It kept my dad relatively mobile for a long time and helped me a lot after my first hip surgery. It certainly keeps one stable and active.

    I expect to have a lot of “fun” ‘with one after I have my surgery on the other hip. Last time, I discovered it’s like a personal fence for keeping the dogs away from me during recovery.

    There are people around here who take their daily walks with their walker and they go pretty far.

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    • Tabby looks at me as if I am from another world with my rollator. I think she might be jealous. We often see people in the supermarket with a rollator, but I am not ready for that yet. I am lucky that my MS is not really a loss of mobility, but I tend to tire very quickly. For that I now have the wheelchair which is a perfect solution. My problem is that I am not very good at standing, and so I now sit on four cushions to get me higher. My rollator has become a cushion transport system.

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  3. I have one of them at home too which I got after … which surgery? Hard to remember. I haven’t used it because this house is so cluttered, but I have kept it safe because I have a feeling one of these days, I’m going to need it. I’ve taken a few falls, but I’ve been lucky and landed on rugs and woods which aren’t as hard on the bones as your floor (obviously) was. I was really worried. Now I’m less worried and more on the sympathy end of concern. I’ve been lucky about not breaking legs or hips or things. Other damage, but not them.

    Once I knew you were hurt, but getting better, I started to relax. I know recovery is a bitch, but you will get it done. We ALL get it done, one way or the other because getting old is not for the weak of spirit! You’ve got LOTS of spirit!

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    • Guess who fell off the office chair this afternoon. It rolled away as I stood up and Imwas on the floor again, but this time it was a softer landing, but Mr. Swiss and I needed an hour to get me on my legs again. I remained in one piece this time. Keep,all your walkers, you never know when you might need them. I am learning something newer Ryser day with my problems. I now sit on a chair with three thick cushions that I do not have a long distance to stand.

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  4. It has been 6 months since I broke my leg a d hip. I have come along way and still need to go father. I can almost walk without a cane. I shouldn’t do it. That first shower was lovely. Take the time you need to recover, it well haplen. Your wallet is similar to what I see here and looks snazzy. I can even go to the store but it is tiring. Good luck with your recovery. It is slow going.

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    • I have to walk with a cane normally because of my MS. In the hospital,imcould take a shower as they had suitable facilities and personnel. Now I have to get myself organised at home. My walker is really very good, especially as I can take my bits and pieces with me. Everything is now in slow motion.

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