Choosing the Perfect Walker
Never Give Up on Finding the Right Walker for the Right Price!
Choosing the right walker is not like buying a car. You do not need to worry about gas mileage, nice colors, or impressing your friends. Although, you CAN impress people with your walker skills. Last night I was blessed with double vision, my feeling in my lower limbs went on vacation, many other issues, and promptly staggered into the wall on the way to the bathroom (where I then threw up). I know, you probably did not want to know that.
So what do I do on days like today? I bring out my wonderfull buddy, my walker. On the list of helpful devices the walker falls between cane (still looking fabulous) and wheelchair (we will NEVER get along). When I first was introduced to mine by the hospital's physical therapist I discovered you do not simply pick one up and go. No, choosing a walker is serious business followed by using it. I figured you grab on and go. Actually people get injured that way. So I will share my knowledge to help you or someone you know choose the right walker.
*I hope this squidoo makes sense because I am alternating between closed and open eyes as I am seeing two of everything. Please forgive me if it does not. This is an experiment on double vision squidooing.
Is a Walker Right for Me? - Look to Your Doctor BEFORE You Make the Decision
Before you decide you need a walker talk to your doctor. I do not know you and I am definitely not your doctor. Once he gives the A-ok and you both decide on the best type for you then you should purchase it. The reason I am giving you the information on here and options for a walker is because honestly, you can get the walker you want for much cheaper. Compare the prices in a medical or hospital store and you will understand what I mean. Look at the walker options presented in your medical setting, take note of what you want, and look for the same one on Amazon. This squidoo should help you save your precious time in seeking the walker of your dreams (accessory options also given).
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Walker Humor - Snow Inspiration
Who says you can't shovel with a walker?
Get a Walker of the Correct Height - Walker of Correct Height Means YOUR Height
So the first walker they brought in was a major problem. Why? I am a very petite woman meaning five feet tall and less than a hundred pounds. You would doubt how much it matters but it does. Ask if you are not sure and be certain about the way your height meshes together. If you disregard this factor expect to feel some nasty aches or pains. Your body is already feeling bad enough so help it in anyway possible.
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Learn How to Use Your Walker Properly - It's a bad idea if you do not
Look at the Walker's Height Before Buying
Not having a walker of the right height is as bad as not knowing how to use your walker properly. You can end up causing more damage than help if you are not careful.
This is my walker. The hospital physical therapist chose one specifically for my height and body. I wish should had put some wheels on it but it works fine all the same.
You know you are famous when you inspire a whole new type of walker.
Decide on a Walker Chair
One item I wish my walker had was an attached chair. I mean think of it...you get tired of pushing and you have a chair readily available. Plus, no one has to surrender their chair to you. I am being completely honest when I admit to wishing mine had a chair. If I had known the option existed I would have spoken to the physical therapist about it. Consider the chair option and do not be afraid to give it a try!
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Walker with Attached Chair. - The Inventor was a genius!
Yay or Nay to using a walker and chair combination
Walker Humor - Who says you have to give up fencing?
Introducing the new sport of walker fencing! Expected to join the olympic line-up sometime never.
The Walker With Attached Storage Space - Carry your stuff in your walker (no purse required!)
Once again, I wish I had this walker option. How nice it would be to have a place to put stuff when using it! You can get more of a discrete pouch beneath or go with the basket in front. Having storage means your hands are always 100% free to hold on. Unlike when I am attempting to push while holding water and spill it on myself. Of course it also means you have a little more independence going on. When people ask "do you need me to carry that?" You can tell them, "nope. I got this!" Sometimes even the smallest empowerment makes all the difference on a tough medical day.
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Walker Chair and Storage - A Walker Mix of Beauty!
Walker Baskets & Bags Accesories - When you just want to add a little 'extra'
Walker Humor - Even Star Wars Groupies Needs a Little Help
As I said, customization is key. Don't forget the tennis balls!
Get Tennis Balls for Your Walker - They Save Your Floor!
When people found out I had a walker their first question was not "are you doing okay" nor was it "when can you stop using it?" No, it was "Do you have TENNIS BALLS on it?" followed often by "What color did you get?" Um...no I do not but many people do have them. They save everyone's floor and your own from damage. On walker days, I spend about 90% in bed and have little fear of causing damage to other people's homes because I never step foot outside. However, if you do a lot of traveling or visiting or shopping with your walker, then do everyone's floor a favor and join in the tennis ball style. You can customize because they have a color for everyone!