Monday, 4 December 2017

Getting Back on my Feet with Smart Crutches

You may, or may not know this already but I can't walk. I'm not totally immobile, I can walk around my home a little and with aids like a zimmer frame, rollator or walking sticks, but when I'm outside I always have my wheelchair.

I have stiff person syndrome and my lower limbs and feet are most affected. My muscles are stiff and liable to spasm at any time. I also have nerve pain which makes walking difficult. My feet feel as though the are in high heels which are two sizes too small constantly, even when I'm barefoot. My hips and back are affected too, so you can understand how my mobility is affected. When I do walk, it's incredibly slow and I feel like I'm walking through treacle.

I'm fairly new to this immobility, it's only been 23 months. Over that time I've tried several things to help me walk. My favourite so far has been my sticks. My rollator is better and more stable but I just feel like a real old lady when I use it. The problem with stick is that they help me a little but I never feel really steady. When I left hospital I was given some standard crutches but they were cumbersome an uncomfortable to use.

Then I heard a friend saying that she'd bought some crutches from Smart Crutch  and that they were amazing. I took a look and I thought they looked like some other coloured crutches that I'd been looking at. Then I looked again and saw all the positive extras that these crutches had. So I had to have a pair.

Choosing a colour was difficult although I was immediately drawn to my favourite colour, each one had a little description behind the colour. This is what the site said about yellow:

Optimism, Enlightenment, Happiness and a promise of a positive future.

Yellow will advance from surrounding colours and instil optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.

I was sold, this sounded just what I needed. At £98.99 I was hoping I had made the right choice
When ordering they need to know your height, weight and the length of your forearm so you can get the best fit. I was really excited to receive mine just two days after ordering.

Don't they look great! They are fully adjustable in both height and angle of arm rests. You can also adjust the length of the arm rests. I messed about with them for ages before I decided I was happy. Then I thought they felt too short, but they were on the highest setting. Feeling confused I contacted Customer Services at Smart Crutch. After all, I'd given them my height. They wrote back very apologetic saying that they would send me the longer bottom halves but could I first measure the ones I had to make sure that was the problem.

This is where I win wally of the year, as I was taking the bottom half out I realised just how long they were. I measured them and sure enough they were 600mm, the longer length. What I'd been doing was adjusting them upside down, so I was thinking they were on the tallest setting when in fact I'd made them on the shortest setting. It was so simple and I had got it wrong! Anyway, after confessing to customer services what a silly mistake I'd made I finally had my crutches on the most comfortable setting for me.

Time to go out with them!

We took the kids to Mc Donalds and as it wasn't a very long walk from the car I decided to use the crutches. I found them very comfortable and easy to use. Then once inside we had our meal and eventually I needed the toilet. It was another short walk to the toilet but I had my crutches so I gave it a go. You may think I'm making a big deal out of walking to the loo, but we are talking Mc Donalds, where there are kids everywhere and obstacles like pushchairs that I have to navigate around. When you can barely walk this is huge! But with my crutches I felt confident and supported, I even managed to take a loo selfie.
(I admit that using my phone to take a photo was difficult with my daft hands, but at least i had the crutches to balance on.)

I love my new crutches and today I walked even further, from the car park into the vets. Okay I was incredibly slow but I made it! 

My aim now is to try and walk a little more each time, especially outside. I doubt that the pain will ever go away, but at least I won't have to worry about losing my balance. And I may get tired really quickly but at least my arms will have something to rest on.

Have you ever had to use crutches?

Text - one step at a time is good walking. Photo of a woman taken from behind while she is walking

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Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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