A message about those 1800s crutches and what to do

Just a quick post about getting around while you can’t walk, because we all know the most frustrating thing is the immobility that comes with this injury.

I read almost everyone’s posts about what is best: crutches, iwalk, scooters, walkers, etc. and of course I started out with the crutches you are given from the doctor that were designed in the 1800s. These crutches (even with the amazon applied under arm pads) lasted maybe a week before I was like, THESE ARE GOING TO KILL ME. So, I decided to invest in the iWalk.

iWalk

Do not get me wrong, I really liked the iWalk, it is an awesome resource for those of us that are up and at em all day. It’s comfortable, relatively easy to use, and good quality. However, my problem with it was that I want something that will get me where I need to be and than be out of my way. You have to constantly put it on and take it off because you can’t sit down with that thing protruding out in front of you like that. So I used mine for mainly outdoor type activities, and I never took it out in public. The biggest turn off for me with this system was simply this: I don’t care who you are, at some point you will either trip, or you will have to grab onto something on your way down, and I didn’t want to take that chance.

Mobilegs

I was told to get Mobilegs by a friend of mine and wow what a difference when it comes to crutches. To be honest, I don’t think there is an easy way to get around on one leg, but for someone who is younger, in good shape, it was the best choice. For the same price as the iWalk, I had an extremely comfortable pair of crutches that made getting around a breeze, not to mention, I enjoyed the arm workout I got hahaha. I highly recommend them to someone that doesn’t want the scooter and refuses to accept they will fall with the iWalk. I in no way work for mobilegs, I just want people to know of a product that helped immensely.

If anyone needs any help with this dilemma, please feel free to message me. I wish I would of reached out to someone who had gone through it all when I was just figuring this out.

Stay positive, and keep your head up.

The fall of the Big Cat

Hello to all at the blog and thank you for creating such a resourceful place where people can go to get real answers to all of their concerns.

Unfortunately, I come to you after a full rupture of my right Achilles from playing indoor soccer. I had made a cut up field and was going to shoot when I heard the loudest pop I have ever heard. I tried getting up and looked at the ref looking for the foul, because it felt exactly like I was kicked from behind. As I tried getting up and realizing that wasn’t possible, I noticed that I wasn’t fouled, and that’s when the panic set in.

After getting carried off the field, I was laid across a table outside the turf area to be examined by a teammate (who was the trainer at the local high school). That’s when I had what I can only describe as a panic attack (slight shock) not from the pain, but because I knew that whatever had happened was going to put me out of work and my upcoming trip to Australia.

The first two weeks post surgery was a gut check for me. I definitely wasn’t in the best spirits for the first couple of days because I was realizing how much this would change my next couple months. And then I started reading everyone’s posts on this blog and thinking about how I was taking all of this. So, I decided that I could be negative and suffer through the next few hard weeks of waiting and PT, or I could use this time and opportunity as a vessel to personal, mental, and physical growth. So that’s what this is, it’s a return. It’s an opportunity to become stronger, so here we go.