After my appointment with The Mini Cattle Prod of Pain, I paid a visit to the physiotherapy department to talk about the joint pain I have in my shoulder, elbow and wrist when I use my cane. They said that with my joint problems, a cane was probably not the ideal mobility aid to be using just because I am putting all my weight on one arm.
Therefore, I have had to retire my cane that is affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) called Gregory and replace him with a pair of forearm crutches.
I already have a love hate relationship with my crutches. I love walking when using them. I feel my balance is better and walking is just easier. However, they are cumbersome buggers to be dealing with when getting on and off buses and when I am using them I don’t have any hands to hold stuff with. Any tips on how to overcome these difficulties will be much appreciated.
However, now I need a name for my crutches. With Gregory I liked being able to say, “let me grab Gregory and I am ready to go” instead of ” let me get my cane and I am ready to go”. I really don’t want to be saying “let me get my crutches and I am ready to go”, it just makes me sound disabled. Yes I know that in some sense I am, but I don’t want to admit it, okay?
So, what shall I call my lovely new forearm crutches? Should I have one name to refer to both of them or should they be named separately?