Squeaking in the rain

My callipers
My callipers

Over the years, I’ve tried lots of different things to improve my walking. I’ve tried various leg splits, sleeping with my lower limbs strapped into something called gaiters to keep them stretched out at night, and even surgery. This year though we decided to be different and try something I’ve never had before: callipers.

I’m willing to give anything a go that has a chance at keeping me on my feet longer than I would be if I didn’t try so when they were suggested I jumped (not literally) at the opportunity. I prepared myself for breaking in pains, possible blisters and even being told to “Run Forrest, run” from time to time. One thing I was not ready for though, was the endless squeaking. I didn’t realise there would be squeaking.

Now, every time I go out in the rain I find myself sympathising with the poor old Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. I only have to put up with it until I can get home again and put something on them to stop it, how must he have felt?

If I’m honest I’m used to my equipment making higher pitched noises that I’m pretty sure no human could make. My old wheelchair developed such a bad one in high school that I could be heard coming to my lesson all the way down corridor and even Betsy wouldn’t hesitate to let me know when she was unhappy about the weather conditions, but they didn’t bother me as much. The noise is far much more irritating when you realise it’s actually coming from you and not something you have with you.

Still, I shouldn’t complain and if it helps my legs get better then it’s a small price to pay and I’ll happily put up with it for as long as it takes. It just means that I’d be useless at a game of Hide and Seek because you’d probably hear where I was going and I don’t think I’ll be getting a call from any spy agencies anytime soon. Ah well, c’est la vie, I guess…

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10 thoughts on “Squeaking in the rain

  1. I think you’d be an excellent spy – after all peoria would constantly underestimate your skills/determination/intelligence and you could get a frame with a built in transmitter/aerial! Job done 😉

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      1. it’s exercise that will make you stronger, more balanced, stretch you out, and make you feel good about yourself. it’s really beneficial for people who have cerebral palsy because it addresses both tightness and weakness.

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      2. Ah that sounds like something that would be useful. I’ve been told to try it before. Might try find a DVD or something to see if I like it and go from there.

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      3. doing it yourself/on a mat is really hard. it would be best to do a few 1:1 classes with the machines first. it feels really good and it shows you your own strength!

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