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.
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.
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.)