Do you have or have you tried using a rollator? When I needed something for support, I preferred the rollator to a walker as it has a seat that you can use to stop and rest anytime during a walk. Most rollators come with a basket under the seat that I would load up with weights to provide more resistance. I got mine from Walmart.com, prices begin at about $70. Mine was cheap and I haven't had any problems with it. -- Hey Buddy, can you spare a cycle? Join Team Helix
I did look at those awhile back as a possibility. I think the thought went out of my mind because I really expected to be full weight bearing at about now. Perhaps I should reconsider since I know I am directed to use assistance for at least four more weeks.
I do have a couple on my wish list at Amazon, but they are pretty expensive. I think you are pointing at a Drive. I was looking at Hugo. I'm not sure the extra expense is merited for someone who is only looking at short term use, though.
I'm trying right now not to think of my Precor AMT because I absolutely loved working out on that machine and, especially, what it did for my health.
The only features that I consider important are locking brakes, I believe that they all have them and I wouldn't want to try to sit or then stand without having the brakes locked. The other feature is padding over the bar that becomes your back support when you are sitting, not all rollators come with a padded bar. -- Hey Buddy, can you spare a cycle? Join Team Helix
Howie, I was looking at the Hugo because of the wheels, bigger than on any of the others and they look like the wheels on wheel chairs. I was thinking that one most likely to allow me to get out in my yard, to spray weed killer and do some pruning. The terrain out there is much too rough for the walker(s) I have been using indoors. -- Join Team Helix * I am praying for these friends .
Hey Sorto, please take it slow. The thought of you running around in rough terrain with an off-road wheely-thingy is even more scary then Gizmo's warning sign! Please be careful and don't forget that you are still recovering.
I'm pleased to hear about your increased mobility and wish you speedy and full recovery. -- Got some spare cpu cycles ? Join Team Helix or Team Starfire!
If I could be sure it would let me get around in my yard safely, I would buy it because I could then do a number of things my neighbors are going to feel they need to do for me if I can't.
I don't see anyone really talking about that problem in the reviews, though.
I suppose if I am indecisive long enough, the problem will just go away. OTOH, Dr. Tom says that will be a dangerous place for me for, probably, another 5-8 months. Just because I begin walking again, doesn't mean my muscles will give me the control I once had, takes time to build those back.
Don't worry. I'm just talking at this point, but I tend to be rather cautious in reality. Beyond that, Dr. Tom told me lawn services are in effect until at least December 2013 and we will "need to negotiate when it will be safe" for me to get back in my yard.
He's a riot, especially when he knows I know his little bitty Italian wife gives the orders in his household. And he loves it. -- Join Team Helix * I am praying for these friends .
Sorto, My wife has two walkers as of her back problems last spring. One is the four legged type the small wheels on the fount that people put tennis balls on the back legs and the other the four wheeled type with a basket. we use the first one when we go most places in the car as it fits in the back seat nicely where the four wheeled one takes most of the trunk. But the four wheeled one goes with her when she goes shopping in the mall etc, as she can stop and sit on it. it also is the one that she uses around the house. the seat is very handy to carry stuff when going from room to room or setting the table for a meal. She also used it to go across the field to watch the grand kid play soccer last spring but now both her back and knees are both getting real bad. the large wheels do move over grass better and will help you get around the yard. She goes out into the yard with hers when the handicapped daughter comes over and they get a lot of work done which helps them both.
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Thanks for all the info, Ron. I'm so sorry it required so much effort, though.
It's hard to decide since (I hope) I shouldn't be needing this long term. Still, Bridge Ministries in my area receives donated equipment, sanitizes and then allows people to borrow it for whatever donation they can afford. I could always donate to them when I am done. -- Join Team Helix * I am praying for these friends .
It took me awhile to decide on the rollator. Received it last Friday, took me 2 1/2 hours to put it together, but it seems capable of doing what I need it to do, yay!
First venture in the yard was last Sunday. Dr. Tom's wife told me to rollator out where I could see what he was doing and, if he did something dangerous, to yell and she would come running.
He had a new toy, an electric limb lopper thing-ma-bob that goes way high up. Within about three hours he had lopped off all the low hanging limbs threatening my fence and shed and disposed of them all nicely on the east side of my house, on the east side of my back fence, on the property of the limb owner who should have trimmed those limbs off and recycled them several years ago. Looks great, what a neighbor
First time driving Miss Daisy myself was on Saturday. I tried to hurry getting everything loaded and taking off because the audience just kept growing! Lots of good advice, though, and it came in handy getting that rollator loaded. It's sort of a beast. -- Join Team Helix * I am praying for these friends .