Walking the Walker

Not a great shot but it gets the point across:



I got my walker on Thursday and took it for a spin in Wanganui.  In the past I have struggles with the limitations of my fibromyalgia and arthritis.  In particular my left knee can be unreliable.  I was worried about how I might appear until that light bulb moment a few weeks ago where I decided that aids like this and my crutches would enable me to walk more and further.

Today I went into Palmerston North and we used my walker in The Plaza, which is the mall there.  It was pretty public for me but I wasn’t nervous.  We went to use the elevator. When the door opened the walls were lined with people.  I walked in and then when we reached the floor I was able to swing it the right way and walk out.

This was my worst nightmare in some ways and while I kept my head down I was not stressed about it.  I walked around and got used to working the walker in confined spaces. I felt confident even when my knee was shaky.  I laughed when people in front of the elevator, on seeing me, choose to walk to the escalators.

I find it funny the looks I get when I park in disabled parks.  I think they are disappointed if I don’t exit the car with a contorted body or drooling.  Both my existing physical conditions are invisible.  I sometimes limp or fall but that is about it.  I am always in pain but I accommodate that every day.  So sorry to disappoint the judgmental but I need those parks sometimes and I am not going to perform for your gratification to make my using them okay in their wee minds.




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