The 12th Invest in ME Research Conference June, 2017, Part 2
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From wheelchair to walker...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by emmamarie123, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. emmamarie123


    Hi everyone thanks so much for all the replies on my previous thread. :)
    For the past couple of years I have relied heavily on the use of my wheelchair. But now I am really desperate to get to use my walker. My mum is the best but it super protective and doesn't want to me to use my walker as she is worried about falls or fatigue e.t.c. I totally understand but I am really wanting to improve the amount of time I am walking as being completely honest I have felt quite low recently and i just want to feel like I am progressing. The difficulty is that my chair is obviously needed on shopping trips as I know I couldn't cope being upright for a long time. (I have PoTs) does anyone have any experience on using a walker and the best way to begin? I currently use my walker in my garden and on my drive . Thank you
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  2. Dechi

    Dechi Senior Member

    No advice but I just wanted to say that I wish you the best. I think if you feel you can use a walker safely, then do so, it will help with morale and might even gice you a boost.
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  3. ukxmrv

    ukxmrv Senior Member

    Hi Emma,

    Just an idea but have you thought about using a HR monitor to see how long you can stand safely to use your walker? I don't have a walker at the moment (wish I did!) but I am trying to see if I can increase my standing time safely. The idea is to take your HR and BP as you stand and see what happens when you firstly stand with the walker and then try to move around.

    I'm guessing you want to use it more to move around your home?
  4. Diwi9

    Diwi9 Senior Member

    There are some walkers with built-in seats. Since you have POTS, it might be the best option to avoid getting a concussion if you feel you are going to faint and need to sit down. I understand your Mom's concern and your desire for more independence. :hug:

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