Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Walker Time


The time came when the doctor said it was time for Velcro to begin using a walker, and suggested we get one with a seat. Being the compliant souls we are we charged right out and got one. He wanted the Texas license plate added so daughter fixed him up. That's about as much good as I can say about this walker experience.

There are very few times when he needs this contraption. He uses it to wheel the trash out, and when he walks up to get the mail. That's about it.

I refuse to take him to Costco without it, so he's chosen not to go to Costco. Fine with me.

Shortly after he got it I found it very difficult to fold and put in the car, plus it was far heavier than I wanted to deal with. The contraption itself weighs 15 pounds, but it felt much heavier than that. Later I discovered he was carrying a flashlight, a wrench, and a socket wrench in the compartment under the seat! That's when I told him he was in charge of getting the thing in and out the car.

We made a few grocery store trips with it but it's hard to imagine how many ways he found to block me with it. In the check-out lane things escalated. He couldn't think how to turn around and wheel it on through and because of the grocery cart I couldn't reach him to turn him around and head him in the right direction. Once we'd completed our clown performance there and were leaving the store, I realized I was pushing the walker and he was pushing the cart!

We live in an apartment, not a house. The walker is too large to be of much use. One of the very simple, lightweight, folding ones is all he needs in the house.

In time I may grow to love this one but it will be a while.

7 comments:

  1. OK, I laughed. It was when I finally got to the image of you discovering that you were pushing the walker and he had the cart! Oh my. Each day a new adventure. Stay strong.

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  2. Many of us will be buying a walker some day. You've just passed out a good tip.

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  3. In time I'll bet you're grow to like the walker. Walkers---especially with seats---mean more freedom to go more places. I laughed, too, at you pushing the walker and him pushing the cart. LOL Having had a wheelchair break while at a mall, I can appreciate Bob wanting to have a stash of tools with him. After that happened, I carried some, too.

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  4. I hope I am not laughing at your expense. I love a wry sense of humor. Not having to go to Costco might be worth keeping that walker around.

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  5. Funny how you changed vehicles. Several friends I know that use walkers find supermarket carts the perfect alternative. They can race past me while holding on to one.

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  6. Hahaha. I love it. I will be so prepared for the future reading your exploits.

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  7. Thanks for making the foibles of aging humorous, even if unintentionally.

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