For a brief update on my previous post…all my digestive problems are resolved now. Stopping the Oxycodone was all I needed to be back to normal.
Using crutches for five days was no fun. My underarms were sore…not from pressure from the crutches, but more due to the fact that I was using muscles that don’t get used very much. I would get sharp pains whenever I moved my arms in a certain way. I am not a sedentary person. I exercise 3 days a week, which includes bench presses and push-ups. But I guess my exercise regimen never uses those “crutch muscles”.
By day 5 after surgery, my top priority was to find a knee scooter. I researched my options and will briefly explain my choice. There are basically two types of knee scooters: steerable and unsteerable. And there are two ways to obtain one: rent or buy.
Non-Steerable vs. Steerable
Non-steerable scooters cost less, (~$170) but, as the name suggests, are not very maneuverable. If you need to turn, you have to stop, pick the front wheels up a bit, and move it over.
Steerable scooters are more expensive, (~$200) and have the ability to move around much better.
The non-steerable type seemed less convenient and actually more dangerous. If I have to keep picking it up to change direction, that increases my chances of falling. The price difference is small, so I picked the steerable kind.
Buy vs. Rent
I saw rental rates of $35/week or $100/month. I think I’ll need it for 1 to 2 months. My insurance would cover it at 80%, so I’m looking at $20-$40.
For buying, I saw many online vendors, but delivery takes about a week. I wanted one ASAP. I did a search on Craigslist and found one, brand new, for $250. It was only a 15 minute drive away.
I decided to buy it, and when I’m done, sell it back on Craigslist or eBay. I figure I could sell it for at least $200. I’m sure that if I bought or rented through insurance I could probably save a few bucks, but I couldn’t stand to use those crutches any more. I used my HSA account to pay for it. So, I bought it with pre-tax dollars.
How It Works
I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and I love it. It is a little hard to use in tight spaces, like around the house. Having something to prop my knee up on is great. I can use it to do standing tasks. My family is very happy that I can resume my normal role as dish washer.
I went to the mall and theater yesterday (Les Mis is awesome!) and it was nice to glide around, but I discovered that it’s not totally worry free. The wheels are small and the steering wheel turns easily. So, when hitting bumps or dips, the handlebars can quickly turn, and if I’m not paying attention I could end up on my arse or worse. The brakes work, but the wheels have no grip. So, going down a hill is a scary experience.
The most important thing is that this knee scooter will enable me to work next week.