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#1 barefut

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 01:01 PM

Broke down and bought a cane today.

My hips have been giving me problems for years but for the past 2 weeks my right hip has been sort of siezing up on me. I'll be walking and suddenly I can't take another step without great pain. It takes about 5 - 10 minutes to get it moving again and then it aches with occasional stabbing pain.

Thought I'd have a cane handy and then maybe the pain would go away. Sort of like making a doctor appt and pain going away. :lol:

I can't see myself using it outside of the house - yet. I don't want to have to answer people's questions. I don't want people I know to think it's a sympathy play either.

I was just thinking the other day how there are a lot of things that I could use right now to help make my life easier but I don't for reasons of pride. Isn't that stupid?

There are days when I think, "Man that grocery store elecrtic cart sure would be nice to use today" or when a disability placard would help me out.

I didn't even want to wear my stupid wrist brace because it draws attention.

How dumb of me to want and need help and yet not want to look like I want or need help because I don't want to draw attention to myself and feel helpless or else indebted to someone who lends a hand.

So instead I suffer along like an idiot. Guess I deserve it then.

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 02:40 PM

Hi Barefut~~~

Can you ask your primary care physician for an X-ray to see if you have hip dysplasia or nerve damage due to sclero....kind of like your carpel tunnel only in your hip? Get the answer first before having to make an appt with a another specialist. Been thinking of you.....you sure have had it rough lately. Gareth got the handicap placque a few years ago....right before his surgery for hip dysplasia because he couldn't walk and was in a wheel chair. Boy, I still use it now for him because he still can't walk far even after surgery.......only now it's because of the sclero.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 05:02 PM

Hi Barefut,

I can relate all too well. Last winter I finally broke down and requested a disability parking placard. I've used it a few times, but I have to tell you that I need to be desperate to use it, I'm embarrassed!!! The more I use it the easier it becomes though.

I think part of it is not wanting to give in to the illness for me.

Use that cane if you need to cutie!
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Posted 08 July 2007 - 03:53 PM

Hi there Barefut,
It seems like we are a group of though cookies! Whether our problems are big or small, they still impact our life in some way. I think that we all struggle to maintain our "normalcy", but when push comes to shove it is best to do what our bodies really need. I have not had to use a cane, nor have I considered it, but if or when I ever do, I will try to think about all of the wonderful people here who do this on a daily basis...and still look great!!! :)
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Posted 08 July 2007 - 05:58 PM

I personally don't know what I would do if I couldn't use the carts in the stores or my cane.I have a brand new one its bright red one of my favorite colors,and where you put your hand is a beautiful parrot.My daughters family went on vacation in Florida and thats what she brought back to me I love it.I do get comments but its about the cane.The other two I have are unique as well they're made of aspen wood that grows in the west.Its the root part that makes my cane.my brother-in-law made them for me.It has our 4 kids names on it 'he burned them into the wood and some of our grandchildrens names.He also put teepees on it and kokapeli the Indian that played the flute if my memory serves me right.They draw attention and people are more interested in where I got them instead of why I use them.So if you find yourself really needing it get it there are lots of things our there to make life easier for us.I also have a 'grabber'and don't know what I'd do without it either! I've had my handicapped placard for a while now too,I no longer drive but still need it for my husband to park as clse to the stores as he can.I wish you the best of luck and feel good too.Smiles Mary-La.

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 11:13 PM

I have been using a cane (we call them 'sticks' over here) for about four years now. I don't always need it, but I always have it with me, just in case. Even on good days, the hip pain or a weak ankle will turn on me suddenly. I found a nice classy looking one that screws into sections, so the whole thing fits into my bag if I don't want to carry it. There are some very cool ones out there as Mary has suggested. I am now starting to eye up some of the three wheeled walker thingies I have seen around. One was a cool metallic red with a black leather pouch for shopping and a seat in it so you can use it for a chair if you get tired. Not quite ready for that one yet, but I am keeping it in mind. I have a grabber, too. VERY useful.
Warm wishes,
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