My New Family Addition!

I hereby welcome my newest family addition. This has been a long time coming as I had put it off for such a long time! Now however, the time is right. But I want to tell you it truly is a love/ hate relationship. Can we love something and hate it at the same time?? Well I think I do. I love what it enables me to do but hate it as it draws people that I do not know to stare look and therefore makes me uncomfortable.

So here’s my new addition……………………………what do you think?

My ankle pain has been so bad since before Christmas that I have ‘given in’ and bought a walking stick to help. I have to travel to London regularly with my youngest and his acting activities that it has become a necessity!! I refuse to use it all the time however, if I know I am going to be out for an extended period I will take it with me.

So I love it because it truly helps me when I am out walking but hate it at the same time as I see people look at the stick and look at me!!! What is it?? Never seen someone with a f**king walking stick before?? It does not mean I am mentally retarded or ‘care in the community’……………………………….it just means I need help to be on my feet for longer!!!

I feel as though I need a sign around my neck saying ‘I am normal you know- no need to treat me any differently’.

My health borough refuses to pay for any M.E treatment so I don’t have access to therapy groups, or OT’s or programmes to help me manage the condition better. I have to use what works for me- and this helps for those days I know I will be having to walk longer distances. I am always in pain especially in my ankles however I refuse to confine myself to bed or stay indoors and so this is seen as a solution to problem that I have to face.

 

Do you know of anyone who needs walking aids or help to get around who is frustrated with how they are viewed?

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10 thoughts on “My New Family Addition!

  1. Mette

    I love it:) My walking stick is just black and I do have to use it outdoors all the time. I might have to get a fancy one like yours. Where have you bought it? I’m in England at Easter and would look for a smart one like yours:)

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    1. muminmeltdown Post author

      I bought it from Amazon so they deliver all over the place just look for folding or extendable sticks and there is a great choice!!

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    1. muminmeltdown Post author

      Thanks Mette I think I love the ‘handicapable’saying and your positive outlook too. I just need to get used to using the stick and maybe it will feel more normal!! :)

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  2. Blue Sky

    I think Mary Kenny did a piece recently in the Sunday Times on her stick. And of course having a daughter who uses a wheelchair means that we both get viewed a certain way!

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    1. muminmeltdown Post author

      I have always made a point of not staring at people in wheelchairs for that reason but I certainly have a new understanding of what it must be like ( in a much smaller way). I will try and find that article as I would be interested to read what she said, thanks :)

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  3. Karen

    My mum uses a wheelchair, I think I mentioned our experiences on my healthy observations blog entry. But what causes more staring is when she holds her 2 year old grandson on her lap as she is wheeled around. it looks cool. So all I can say is , like mum, doing your own thing and using such a cool stick you are telling the world I am me! So take the stares as a compliment because it’s people like you that help break barriers!

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