A couple of weeks ago I was give a new kind of walking frame to try. It’s different to the others that I’ve had because it’s designed to go in front of you rather than behind.
My physio has been encouraging me to try one for a while but I kept putting it off for ages because I was nervous about it. However, my current Nimbo walking frame that I use is getting old so I decided to give it a go so that we would know once and for all if it was a suitable type of frame for me to have.
This is what I found.
I very quickly realised that I couldn’t operate the breaks properly because my hands aren’t strong enough. I could put them on practically so that I could slow the wheels down but I couldn’t lock them off so that they didn’t move at all. That was when I knew that this wasn’t suitable for me.
Then I also realised that I couldn’t lift it up easily, which I might have to do to get up and down a kerb when crossing a road.
Nonetheless, I’m pleased that I can say I faced my nerves and gave it a go. It might not be right, but at least I can say that for certain now.